From the outside the museum looks very unappealing - it could surely be nominated as one of the most ugly museum buildings in Greece - but step inside and you'll find much to interest you even if only for a short visit.
Open from Tuesday to Sunday, 08.30 - 15.00 Adults over 18 years are charged 2Euros for entry.
Most, if not all, of the material on display has come from the local area around Lasithi and you can get a good idea of the archeological wealth of the region by looking at the displays, most of which are in cabinets.
The exhibits are organised in chronological order starting with the oldest - if you go round clockwise, that is.
Many of the real treasures of the region have been moved to Athens or elsewhere but the exhibits are still worth browsing. I'd never seen painted sarcophagi before, clay pots that were as big as me and the final delight was the figurine carved out of Hippo ivory with gold leaf in places.
We could take photographs as long as we didn't use flash but as the display room was very light anyway the flash wasn't necessary.
I'm glad we visited the Museum before we did much exploring of the actual sites in the region . It helped us to see how each locality fits into a time period and gave us a better idea of how some of the people lived all those years ago.
There is a little building on the corner of K.Karamanli and A.Papandreou, right on the harbor.
We went there the first day and got lots of information on where to go and what to see.
We also got a list with all the events for July and August, like shows, fiestas, concerts etc.
The lady at the Information Center was very helpful, showing us on the map where are the best beaches and good tavernas.
We also got there a phone number to HOTEL UNION of SITIA 2843 0 28428. They can help with finding a room in Sitia, especially if you are on the budget and want to have your room booked ahead.
Sitia has beautiful harbor full of colorful small fishing boats, and good restaurants , tavernas and cafes.
This harbor is much different then the one in Rethymno or Chania because it is not too commercialized yet.
This harbor serves more Sitia's citizens and their families rather then tourists and that's what is good about it.
There is not too many tourists in Sitia, therefore you can really observe daily life of Sitians by walking through the town.
You can pick into the small shops, and stores, listen to old ladies gossiping, watch old men sipping their coffee.
Once you reach the waterfront in Siteia you'll spot the long sandy beach curving around the bay to the east. It's a very long beach which is clean and with a gently slope into the water. It seemed to us a very safe place in which to swim and many families were enjoying the water. There are showers at least at the western end (and probably further along as well). Clean public toilets are at the western, town end on the other side of the harbour wall. There are a number of cafe/bars all of which have canopied extensions on the beach front so it's possible to cool off with a drink in the shade.
You can hire sun loungers and umbrellas if you find some to spare. Someone comes round to collect the 6Euro daily rate fee for 2 loungers and shade umbrella.
We enjoyed the snorkelling around the rocks that make up the eastern edge of the harbour. The water was very clear and although there wasn't a massive variety it was good to get back in the sea and do some fish watching. Luckily all my family enjoy this activity and even my daughter got excited at seeing the cute little dappled flatfish skimming over the sand; eyes on top, mouth to one side.
Given this was the height of the summer season the beach didn't seem too packed but if you prefer more beach space to your self try the other end of the bay. There's a small parking space with some shade under trees. The swimming is still good but there are no facilities nearby unlike the busier town end. So Siteia beach should have something for everyone. Try it.