Crete has been a fertile breeding ground for myths and legends and especially so in Lassithi plateau overlooked by mythological mount Ida – a mystic birthplace of great Greek God Zeus.
A whirlwind, scenic mountain road takes us up to plateau. Due to difficult access to Lassithi in the past, the area has been spared more from conquerors than rest of Crete. Therefore the DNA of people from Lassithi nowadays is believed to be the closest to Minoans. A flatland of agriculture, mills, potters, and villages, Lassithi plateau is surrounded by scenic mountains. Here we will stop in one of the villages for lunch, and drop in to one of the local potters - they love to let you watch, and kids can get their hands dirty.
Krasi village halfway to Lassithi with its impressive 2000 years old legendary tree in the village square, Venetian water fountains and traditional kafeneios is an epitome of a Cretan mountain village. Miracles happen in Crete and the Monastery of Kera (Our Lady of the Heart) is a living example of a power of belief and power of a miracle. This Orthodox Monastery seated in the picturesque mountain setting has a striking story of the miraculous icon.
Come along to explore some of the highlands well kept secrets!
It is a full day tour either from Heraklion or Agios Nicolaos area with approx. 3 hours driving time.
Highlights of the Tour
Note: this is a private tour and can be modified according to your interests and preferences
Note also that even though the reputation of Lassithi is one of hundreds white sailed windmills, you don't see the windmills nowadays; it is still a pretty view of plateau