||About one kilometer above the main road to Matala and only scarcely four kilometers south of the world-famous archaeological excavation place of the
Palace of Phaistos the small village of Sivas with its well 600 inhabitants is located.
The place at the southwest edge of the fruitful Messara Plain is still unaffected by mass tourism and situated on approximately 110 m sea level at the slopes
of the Asterousia mountains, which separate the Messara from the sea.
In the middle by the village the meanwhile completely asphalted road leads up to the militaryful Odigitria Monastery, highly above in the mountains.
A stroll by the picturesque lanes with affectionately arranged floridity in front of the old houses shows that Sivas kept its originalness. Not at the least
because of this, Sivas was classified as a protect-worth, traditional village by the Greek Ministry for Education and Culture.
During summer months the village square in front of the church, where also Taverna Sactouris is located, takes centre stage of daily life.
Here you will find some Kafenia (Cafés), the butcher, a small supermarket, herb and handcraft shops, a pottery and also a silversmith. While the children are swinging and
sliding on the playground in the shade of the large trees, you can find everything for the daily need in the small shops around the place.
By the way: every
Wednesday you can dance "like a Greek" (or Cretan) at Taverna Sactouris. Sofia and Jannis will show you the "first steps" of Cretan dancing during the
performances of famous local musicians at Tavern Sactouris.
Every August annually culture days with participants from Crete and all over Greece take place in Sivas on the Platia. Peak of this event is without doubt the village
fete on the Platia.
Culture Days: August
Village Fete: August