The village Pitsidia is located about 70 km south of the city of Heraklion. It has about 700 inhabitants and belonging to the same community with Matala. It is built at an altitude of 80 meters just a short distance from the sea of the Bay of Messara, and more specifically 1,7 km from the bay of Kommos and 2 km from the Bay of Matala. The clean and neat accommodations and family taverns that operate in Pitsidia, keep the quality of the visitor high.
Pitsidia is the oldest village in the area. In Byzantine times the commander of the army settled in the village. The army came from the village of Pisidia, which is in the current Asia Minor (in the south of Turkey). This probably explains the name of the village still has today. Pitsidia was a logical place because there is a water spring in the hills behind the village. There are cisterns and water pipes behind the village hall, but nowadays these are no longer in use and the water comes into the village of Pitsidia through new pipes. There is still a small church dedicated to the water and two saints. This fairly new church has come in the place of an elder one, which was apparently so solidly built that the foundations had to be removed with dynamite.