Sidonia (or Syndonia or Kato Psari) is located 89km southeast of Heraklion, inside a large valley, 9km east of Viannos and 1km south of the village Psari Forada (or Mesa Psari). This is also called Psari Forada, after the nearby village. It is believed to be situated on the site of the ancient town of Sidonia. It was originally the seaside village of fishermen and farmers coming from the village Kalami, situated 9km northern. Psari Forada and Sidonia are hidden in the hug of a deep valley that runs with a small stream.
The area has warm climate, which favors the cultivation of olive trees, subtropical fruits such as bananas, or early outdoor vegetables. The area of Psari Forada has experienced a mild tourist development in recent years and now is a traditional tranquil place, perfect for quiet holidays at a very leisurely pace.
The beach stretches from Cape Theophilos (East) to the West, till Sendona hill. It's a lovely shore with dark gray coarse sand and with clear calm waters. There are many tamarisk trees around, providing natural shade. Of course, you could find shade under the umbrellas provided on the beach. There are several restaurants, taverns, a mini market, apartments and one pharmacy around. There are also water sports and some fields for beach volley.
Villa Irida is located in the centre of the quiet little village of Sidonia also known as Psari Forada. It is a cosy, newly built place ideal for relaxing and exploring the unknown and unexpected beauty of Southern Crete.