Psari Forada is a new builded resort at the south side of Heraklion with 98 residents. It is the extension of the coastal village Sidonia. In the area are cultivated bananas, vegetables and tomato.
Abstain 88km southeast of Heraklion.
The plain of Psari Forada is crossed by a stream, which brings only in the winter and rainy season the waters to the sea. There are many elements that rank in the most privileged areas. The unique microclimate of the region enabled farmers to cultivate during the winter period outdoor tomatoes with harvest season from October to April. At the summer season is the most sheltered part as it is certain that there is no chance the summer wind to disturb your holidays.
Passing through the village of Kalami and have longer come after half-distance, facing the plain of Psari, as it is called by the residents, is distinguished the village drowned in olive green and the deep blue sea.
Arriving in the village square with cafes in series you can enjoy your coffee or drink under the thick shade which offer you the trees, with the sand to tangle your feet, forgetting from the first moment the laborious route come until to arrive.
Left is all in their own rhythms away from the noise of the big tourist destinations and needs only little time to feel the warmth of hospitality that uniquely meets maybe a few times in your life.
Each night the square is transformed, cafes filled with people of all ages and the evening walk on the beach seals the path of the day. So the days passed calmly as if time stood still, leaving the best memories to take with you when leaving, along with the desire next weekend, next year to come back to Sidonia as you always lived the moments that will follow you in thought and your narratives.
Attraction is the church of Panagia Keralimeniotissas, reminding that Psari Forada is a sheltered port.
According to the tradition, the village got its name in the years of Arab rule in Crete.
It is said then, that the general had with him and his favorite horse, a white – gray mare (so called in Greek psari forada). But the horse broke his foot and so could not Theophilos get it together to the campaign. In order not to kill it, gave orders to his soldiers to tie the mare in a shady place and tell the people to care the horse until it died, for the sake of general.
Indeed, they tied the mare beneath the thick shade of a large olive, which the villagers called "chontrolia" (thick olive tree). The order - wish of Theophilus, pamper residents his beloved mare, was executed. Everyday people went to "Psari Forada" and looked after until the end of her life. Because of this, the settlement later became the name above.
The very low rainfall and lack of major sources in this region, were in the first few years of growth a suspensor factor.
The whole coastal area of the community has been described as a "natural greenhouse" due to the favorable climate conditions prevailing in the area, hence it thrives winter vegetables and bananas.
This is happening primarily for two reasons: The first reason is the high temperatures during the winter. The cloudiness is low and the sunshine extremely high.
The second reason is the lack of strong winds. The Lassithi Mountains constitute a natural windbreak, so the south coast is characterized as calm, in contrast to those of Ierapetra, which literally plagued by winds. Phenomena such as hail and frost are rare in the region.