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We stayed in Kritsa so decided to go up the mountain behind us to see where the locals had their land to work. It was 14kms and took us an hour, mostly in 2nd gear in a little Fiat Panda. But it was worth it....More
The plateau of Katharo is located at an altitude of 1200 meters and it is 26 km from Agios Nikolaos and 12 km from the plateau of Lassithi. The road from Agios Nikolaos via Kritsa village to Katharo plateau is an asphalt road, but the...More
This is an amazingly barren landscape - almost a moonscape, of rocky peaks and eroded land, with interesting plants that are adapted to survive the dry conditions - evergreen oaks, down to colourful wild thyme bushes, all trimmed by browsing goats.
Small family-run tavernas provide...More
Katharo Plataeu is beautiful landscape, trees are like sculptures, bonzai created by goats that graze around. We have seen many wonderful flowers that grow only in this area of Crete. This is "must see" place.
The Plateau itself is not very interesting but the road from Kritsa to get up there is very nice. If you are in the area or visiting Kritsa, you should take a couple of hours to see the landscape and the views on your way...More
It takes just over an hour to get here. Yes the road has steep drops but if you take it steady it's ok. I'm not a fan of heights but was concerned but not scared. We were in a Fiat Panda.
The most amazing views...More
Date of experience: May 2017
The Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom
Hire a car and take a trip to the plateau you won't be disappointed. The scenery is stunning. it is like a trip back in time, this place has probably not changed too much in the last few hundred years.. except for the windmills. A...More
Taken by friends (Alan and Yvonne - author of Kritsotopoula) on a lovely drive up to the Katharo Plateau. Magnificent scenery and an interesting visit to Giannis, a paleontologist who allowed me to look at his fossil collection of elephant and rhinoceros bones and teeth....More