1This town was destroyed a few times during the venetian occupation (by an earthquake, by a pirate attack and finally by the Venetians themselves, which did not want to give up the city to the Turks) and later conquered by the Ottoman Empire. So, when the question comes to architecture, Rethymno seems to be a little bit more interesting.
2Sitia is far from being what is called a very popular tourist destination, but everything may change in the nearest future.
Webcams in the port of Sitia. An excellent, long city beach to the right side.
Sitia has its own Airport and is served by a port which connects the town and eastern Crete with several other Greek islands. European route E75, which ends in Vardø, starts, by the way, also here.