The village of Sivas is located 62 km away from Iraklion, on the western slopes of Asterousia Mountains, at an altitude of 110mtr. The village has changed little from days gone by. Life revolves around the square where you can enjoy the company of local people who always make you feel welcomed. Sivas has a special feel about it, which is out of the fact that many people return year after year.
Siva is the name of the old city from Hellenistic times. The department of culture did declare this as cultural protected living area. In Siva, in the year of 970 the holy Ioannis the stranger (o Xenos) was born, who fight forChristianity at Crete. He founded many monasteries after the victory of Nikiforos Fokas at the Arabs. People say that in former days the village was called Cevahir, which means in Turkish: “Diamant”. Just outside Siva there is an historical water spring near the road. In Siva are held some nice events from the 26th to the 29th of Augustus, such as exhibitions, theatre, youth-events and much more. At the 29th of Augustus the event is closed with a big traditional party with Cretan music.