Lassithi Plateau

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This flat stretch of land high up in the mountains of Crete is rumored to be the birthplace of Zeus.
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Jenny P
London, UK34 contributions
Amazing visit to this area! We had a hire car, so drove here to go visit the sites and Zeus' cave - which is also a must see, but will review that separately.
Definitely worth a visit if you are anywhere in East Crete, the drive is stunning through the mountains which suddenly bring you to this massive plateau which they use for farming etc., very easy to park too wherever you choose to stop - lots of places to pull over and take photos!
We also found an olive pressing museum on the way.
Beautiful windmills and after visiting the cave, we stopped a beautiful Taverna which had an amazing view of the Plateau called 'Good Morning Lassithi', which I would highly recommend.
Try the fruit whilst in the area - it is mainly grown on the plateau so super fresh!
Written August 1, 2022
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Nicola H
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Couples
we drove from elounda and it was a very scenic drive, well worth the time. it’s much chillier up there so take a change of clothes if you go in summer. our first stop was Panagia Kera church, which was very pretty and worth a visit for its cultural significance. we drove on to Tzermiado village and had a quick walk around and a coffee. It drizzled a little so we didnt do much. Could have skipped this to be honest. Next we drove to Psychro Cave which was a lovely experience. We took a few wrong turns and ended up driving through farms instead of taking the circular route but it was a pleasant detour! after the cave we drove to krassopsychia taverna for lunch which was excellent. overall i really enjoyed our day, the landscape was beautiful and the views well worth the drive.
Written August 15, 2021
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Keith Pearson
Barry, UK9 contributions
Couples
Absolutely beautiful place to visit. Try and see it when its not cloudy or raining. Try and visit the Caves of Zeus. It is a 15 to 20 minute climb from the carpark. It is patched except for the last 5 minutes. Wear gripped shoes as I saw many people wearing flipflops. You can take a donkey instead if you want. There are toilets at the top as well.
Written June 16, 2022
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Paulina B
Salisbury, UK13 contributions
Couples
Very large plateau a few kilometres from the tourist beaches of Malia and Cherssonissos. There are many mills and fields. Several small villages with many small restaurants. You need a car to go around the plateau.
Written August 3, 2022
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goanjock
The Stunning Highlands46,112 contributions
Family
From Sissi we joined the main highway in the Heraklion direction, taking a left at one of the first roundabout we reached signposted for the Plateau as well as Mohos (there are other routes but this is the quickest from Sissi). The road soon became quite steep with the views back towards Malia and the coast simply stunning. We then reached the delightful historic village of Mohos and weaved our way through the village square (which was an experience in itself :-) before carrying on with our ascent (we returned to Mohos one afternoon just to explore the narrow streets and then sit in a taverna on the square and just watch the locals play cards and the world go by). The views became more and more spectacular the higher we climbed, just as we were thinking "there can't possibly be a fertile valley up here". Up and up we drove reaching the dramatic pass of Seli Ambelou which has ruined stone windmills on either side of it (great photo opportunity spot). You then turn a corner and the Plateau suddenly opens out before you and wow the drive worth it. Spread out before us was a patchwork valley with tracks criss-crossing between fields and crops and a truly remarkable sight. We turned right and headed towards Psihro and the Dhiktean Cave (which we visited but that's for another review). We spent some time at the cave before carrying on the circular road (anti-clockwise) round the plateau before stopping by the side of the road for a picnic whilst just soaking up the atmosphere and admiring the views. Then off again before stopping for a look round the Lasinthos Eco Park, which is well worth a stop (we also picked up some souvinirs and gifts here). We carried on the circular road stopping for a wander round a couple of the villages (and getting a real sense of traditional Cretan life) before reaching Tzermiadho which was a slightly larger village with the main streets lined with shops that looked unchanged in decades selling embroidery and locally weaved garments. Shortly after the village we turned left down a farm track to have a closer look at the crops and the windmills that were still there, although most of the windmills were derelict it was still a fascinating sight and if you closed your eyes you could just imagine what it would have looked like with all the windmills in full sail. We worked our way precariously back to the main road stopping at a Taverna next to the junction where we joined the circular road for some well earned drinks and mezze. We then took the same road back down from the plateau stopping at the lovely mountain village of Krasi to learn a little of the history as well as see the oldest tree in Europe. Time to stop for another refreshment at a small taverna on the mountainside before making our descent off the mountain. By the time we got back to Sissi we had certainly enjoyed a truly wonderful day and experience part of "real traditional Cretan life high up in the mountains".
Written October 15, 2013
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Burnettmed
Omaha, NE30 contributions
Family
We rented a car out of Elounda for this trip. We just went through the Cyclades, so we wanted a change of view from dry, scrubby coastal topography, and we got it! The road up from Malia is faster and less windy than the one from Agios Nikolaos. While there are some tight turns, you never feel like you are going to fall off the mountain! You do not need a Jeep or anything -- the road is well-paved. Once up there, we were surprised to find that the climate was still warm, even in early October -- the jackets stayed in the car. Also, tour buses have slacked off -- we only encountered two. Don't expect a lush tropical rainforest surrounded by hundreds of windmills. This is an dryish agricultural region surrounded by layers of mountains, but it has its own beauty. Come to see if Greeks can walk on flat ground! In October many of the roadside stands you hear about in the reviews have closed up for the season, but the tavernas are all open and fantastic. The Homo Sapiens Museum is a brief, quirky diversion along the road. Also recommended -- the cave. It was fun, with nice formations. It's not a vast cavern, and so those who are out of shape may not feel that the walk (or donkey ride) up the mountain and then up and down the stairs in the cave is worth the visit to the small pool of water at the bottom. However, my hiker family with tweens walked up from the parking lot in about 12 minutes, and the kids loved the mythology connection. Overall, the ride is a lovely day out -- even this late in the season, all our Greek hosts were gracious, and it's fun to just set out and discover things along the way.
Written October 10, 2016
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LMcMillan_11
Glasgow, UK50 contributions
Family
We had a hire car and drove up, roads are ok if you are confident driving. Some of the villages are very narrow and there are often tour buses going around. We stopped at the Homosapien museum, windmill site and the Psychro Cave. Plenty of villages around the plateau and everyone was very friendly. Lots of places to eat, your really spoilt for choice with the number of tavernas right the way around. The cave is worth a visit if you are reasonably fit as it is a climb and can be difficult in the heat, the cave itself is mostly steps also. Best views of the plateau are from the hill leading to the cave. Overall, worth a visit for a bit of tradition, local food and lovely scenery.
Written July 22, 2017
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Mihaela Lica Butler
Heraklion, Greece399 contributions
Family
It's a famous site, ideal for nature walks and famous as the site of the Diktaean Cave - the birthplace of Zeus, just above Psychro. It's mainly an agricultural area, but it attracts a fair number of tourists - mainly hikers and nature lovers.
Written June 25, 2019
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Berry K
Crete, Greece65 contributions
Friends
First of all I have to say that the review called “The fertile area of Crete” is quite wrong. The reviewer refers to another place not to the Plateau of Lasithi. No plastic greenhouses there and the distance from Rethimon could be 150 km with lots of high mountains, in between the two places, that prevent you see as far as Lasithi. So please correct.
It is quite a large plateau with lash growth of garden produce. Potatoes, beans lettuces, tomatoes melons and water melons. It is round shaped surrounded by high mountains. At the bottom of the mountains and all around the plateau there is a string of 20 villages, all of them nearly deserted. The people have gone and the land is cultivated by the the 3000 inhabitants left.
it used to be known for its windmills, which in the 80s, provided a wonderful spectacle, as they were turning in the wind pumping water from the bottom of the earth, in order to water the plantations. Now there are very few reminders left and the place is no longer the romantic place it used to be.
Above the village of Psychro there is Dicteon Andron, a deep cave, where according to mythology Zeus, the king god of all ancient Olympian gods was born. There he took, Europe, one of his lovers, on honeymoon, when he abducted her from Illyria in the Middle east. This nymph gave her name to our continent Europe.
It is not a spectacular cave, nonetheless quite interesting. At Psychro just before you start the climb, on foot, to reach the Dictean cave there is a number of tourist standard restaurants. There are two very good ones which serve good quality Cretan food. Skapanis Taverna on the side of the mountain on the road to Agios Nikolaos and Vasilis at Tzermiadon.
There is also a good hotel in Tzermiadon and another one at Agios Konstantinos, but I cannot recall the names. It is not too difficult to find them if you are in need of one.
Lasithi offers cool summer climate and very interesting walks.A good one is the climb to Limnakaros, situated at the very foot of mount Dickti. There you will enjoy steep rock formations and if you are lucky you can see the Cretan vultures, Kokalas, flying high up in the air.
In the middle of the Plateau there is the church of St john, which has a very interesting temple. So have many churches in many villages and they are made by local artists.
it is not recommended for a day trip for young children under the age of 8 or over 70s unless you are fit.. The trip from the nearest city centre could be tiring.
Written July 25, 2016
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SophiaSeriouslyNow
Athens, Greece142 contributions
Family
Definitely worth the drive. There is a breathtaking view once you take the high road reaching the rocky "entrance" of the plateau. The Plateau can be reached a) from Heraklion b) from Malia through Krasi or c) from Neapoli, Hersonissos and Agios Nikolaos through Krystalenia Monastery and Mesa Lasithi. Driving from Heraklion at the entrance of the Plateau, called Ampelos sadle, there are ruins of 3 windmills on each side of the mountains. To get the best view of the whole Plateau drive to Psychro village and further up to Diktaion Andron (Cave of Zeus) to see stalaktites. The other vantage point from where you can see the whole Plateau is on the eastern side of the Plateau on the road to Neapoli-Hersonissos. There is only one caffe-restaurant with excellent view and good food called Skapanis.
Written January 12, 2015
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