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Lassithi Crete Map & Lassithi Travel Information, Sightseeing, Attractions in Lassithi Crete

Lassithi, Crete, Greece

Lassithi Region Crete Greece
Lassithi Prefecture lies in the east of Crete and is renowned for its unique natural beauty making locals proud of their homeland and captivating visitors at once. Lassithi, just like the rest of Crete is an impressive combination of marvellous sandy –almost exotic like- beaches, imposing mountain bulks, quaint villages, deep gorges and fertile plains, making it hard to resist to. The protected area of the Vai palm tree forest with the amazing beach makes a premier attraction to Lassithi, yet it is not the only one. Lassithi boasts a variety of archaeological sights with ancient and Venetian findings prevailing. While in Lassithi you will be treated to most kind and heartfelt hospitality and will be taken good care of by locals. You will also have the chance to taste Cretan delicacies over some sips of “raki”, making you redefine Mediterranean cuisine.

Lassithi Crete Greece Area / Population / Capital:
Lassithi Crete occupies an area of 1823 sq. km, it has 76,319 inhabitants and the city of Agios Nikolaos is the capital of the prefecture.

Attractions & Sightseeing in Lassithi, Crete

Sightseeing in Lassithi, Crete Greece
During your stay in Lassithi Crete it is worth dedicating some of your time to visit impressive attractions and sights, reflecting the past of the amazing island of Crete.

Some of the most important attractions in Lassithi Crete are the following:

  • The Palm Tree Forest of Vai
  • Ancient Driros near the town of Neapolis
  • Ancient Praissos located south of Sitia
  • The Minoan Palace in Kato Zakros
  • The Doric City of Lato in Kritsa
  • The Post-Minoan settlements of Gournia and Markygialos
  • The Minoan settlement in Palekastro
  • The Pre-Minoan cities in Myrtos and Pachia Ammos
  • The Ancient Ruins of Olous in Elounda, visible right beneath the surface of the sea
  • The island of Spinalonga with the Venetian fortress
  • The Byzantine Church of Agios Nikolaos in Agios Nikolaos
  • The lake in Agios Nikolaos
  • The Archaeological and Folklore Museums in Agios Nikolaos, Sitia and Ierapetra
  • The Venetian Fortress Kales in Ierapetra
  • The Venetian Fortress Kazarma in Sitia
  • Toplou Monastery in Sitia
  • The Diktao Andro Cave on the Lassithi Plateau
  • The cave in Milatos to admire the stalactites and stalagmites
  • The Katharos and Lassithi Mountain Ranges
  • The Gorges of Cha and Chavga and the Pine Forest in Males ideal for hiking

Do not miss to take a day trip to the island of Chryssi, to swim at turquoise waters and bask in the sun on white sanded beaches. Boats depart from Ierapetra Port.

Sports / Recreation in Lassithi Crete
If you have a boat, you can dock and refuel it at the marina in Agios Nikolaos (28410 82384), as well as at the port of Sitia and Ierapetra.

Entertainment in Lassithi, Crete
In Lassithi, as much as in the rest of Crete many festivals take place all year round, and in summer in particular, where visitors take part in the traditional feast, taste Cretan delicacies, drink local “raki” and wine and dance. Cultural Events are organized in Lassithi as well, giving locals and tourists the chance to see theatrical performances, art or photography exhibitions etc. There are traditional tavernas in almost every settlement and coastal resort of Lassithi, as well as bars and cafés in larger tourist resorts and towns, for your evening entertainment.

Some of the most renowned festivals and cultural events in Lassithi are the following:

  • “Lato” cultural events in Agios Nikolaos, taking place all year round
  • Summer Cultural Events in Spinalonga and Schismo (Elounda) by local associations
  • “Cyrveia” cultural events in Ierapetra
  • Cultural Events in Kritsa on the second fortnight of August
  • “Kornareia” cultural events in July and August in Siteia
  • The festival of Panagia on August 15 in Psychro (Agia Fotia), Gournia, Koutsounari, Kalamafka,
  • The festival of Sotiros (Jesus) on August 6 in Elounda
  • The festival of St John on 29 August in Zakros

Local Products of Lassithi Crete:
In the prefecture of Lassithi, you can buy oil, wine, raki, and sweets in Sitia, weavings from Kritsa, and wine from Ziros, as well as products of folk art in Ierapetra and Agios Nikolaos.

Major Towns / Cities / Villages in Heraklion Crete Greece
Agios Nikolaos
Agios Nikolaos is the capital town of Lassithi and a popular tourist resort packed with visitors especially in the evenings. Visitors select one of the restaurants, cafés or “raki places” around the lake to enjoy an evening meal or drink with the lake as a backdrop.

Sitia is one of the biggest towns in Lassithi, providing visitors anything they may imagine. With a very lively port lined with restaurants, “raki places”, cafés and bars, as well as many marvelous beaches at close proximity Sitia is a favorite in Lassithi Crete.

Ierapetra lies in the southern part of Crete with its coast lapped by the Libyan Sea. It is a modern city, the largest in the prefecture, boasting high rates of sunshine and low rates of rain throughout the year. While in Ierapetra take the boat to Chryssi, an island with exotic like beaches and turquoise waters.

Elounda is a coastal resort known for its luxury hotels selected by celebrities from all over the world. In Elounda there is a relaxing atmosphere, which is soothing, allowing guests to rest. While in Elounda take a trip to the world-renowned island of Spinalonga.

Transportation to Lassithi Crete
By Ferry Boat:
There is no direct ferry connection to Lassithi Prefecture from Piraeus Port (Athens). We suggest you take the ferry to Heraklion and then you take the public KTEL buses to Lassithi or rent a car. Midday sailings to Heraklion take approximately 6 h and 30 minutes.

  • Piraeus Port: +30 210 422-6000 to 03
  • Heraklion Port: +30 2810 244-912
  • Heraklion Bus Station: +30 2810 245-019
  • Lassithi Bus Station: +30 28410 22234

By Plane:
You may take the plane from Eleftherios Venizelos Athens International Airport or Macedonia Airport to Sitia Airport. Flights are frequent especially during peak season.

  • Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos:  + 30 210 353-0000
  • Sitia Airport: + 30 28430-24424
  • Olympic Air Athens: Tel. + 30 210 355-0500 or 801 801 01 01
  • “Macedonia” Thessaloniki Airport: Tel. +30 2310 985-000 or +30 2310 473-212
  • Olympic Air Thessaloniki: Tel. +30 2310 368-311
  • Sitia Airport: Tel. +30 28430 24424
  • Olympic Air Sitia: +30 28430 24666

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