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The prefecture of Lassithi covers the eastern end of the island. The mountain range in this area is the Dikti. Its tallest peak is Mount Dikti, 2,148 metres above sea level. The prefecture has four provinces: Mirabelo, Lassithi, Ierapetra, and Sitia. The major cities are Agios Nikolaos, Ierapetra, and Sitia.

The earliest settlements in Crete are in this prefecture, including the palaces of Zakros, Praisos, Mochlos, Vasiliki, and Gournia. An important early Greek city, Lato, is near Kritsa. The fine Archaeological Museums of Agios Nikolaos and Sitia display some of the artefacts from these and other excavations.

  According to legend, the Dikteon Andron Cave, on the Lassithi Plateau, was the birthplace of Zeus. The area around Agios Nikolaos is not only the most developed area for tourism but one of the most interesting. The church of the Panagia Kera near Kritsa contains some of the best-preserved Byzantine frescoes in Crete.

Elounda has one of the strongest Venetian forts built on Crete.The area of Sitia is full of Byzantine churches and Venetian villas, as well as ancient Minoan sites. The famous Toplou Monastery has a museum displaying its well-known icon collection.

  The area also has very good beaches with many coves between Ierapetra and the Kapsa Monastery that offer excellent swimming. The area of Vai has a unique palm grove that attracts many people.

 

Lassithi is quieter, though still providing much of interest in its Fortezza, beach, unique cafes and many hotels. Many similar benefits are on offer in Plakias and Ierapetra.


Offices in Attica

75 Galinou str - Piraeus

tel:  +30 210 4314133

tel:  +30 210 4323198

 

Offices in Crete

38  L. Soudas  str - Chania

tel:  +30 28210 88102

fax:  +30 28210 94091


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