All 30 Lassithi Sightseeing
Here are all the Lassithi sightseeing that we suggest. Have a look on various attractions that you can see during your visit in Lassithi, such as churches, monasteries, museums, castles and other sights.
All sightseeing in Lassithi
Ancient Pressos was continually inhabited from the Neolithic till the Hellenic times. It was one of the most powerful cities in eastern Crete, but today few of the town survive.
The Archaeological Museum of Agios Nikolaos was established in 1970. It houses a rich collection of findings from excavations in eastern Crete. The exhibits date from the Minoan till the Roman times.
The cave of Trapeza is located 1 km from Tzermiado, in Lassithi Plateau. Archaeologists have found exhibits from the pre-Minoan era in this cave, a sign that it was used for cult and residence.
Dikteon Cave (or Dikteon Andron, ot Psychro Cave, as it is also called) is located close to the village of Psychro, in Lassithi Plateau. This impressive cave rich in stalactites and stalagmites is where Zeus was born, according to the Greek mythology.
The monastery of Faneromeni stands on a hill overlooking the sea, at a distance of 8 km west of Sitia. The main church was built in the 15th century and the view is awesome.
This museum is housed in the ground floor of the Port Police, just opposite the lake of Agios Nikolaos. It exhibits fine examples of folk art, such as woodcarving, weaving and embroideries as well as local traditional costumes and a few Byzantine icons.
In close distance to Ierapetra, on the 24th km from Agios Nikolaos to Ierapetra and close to the village of Vassiliki, is the impressive Gorge of Ha. Crossing this gorge is very dangerous due to the abrupt rocky landscape.
The rocks of this gorge were used as burial grounds in the Minoan times and that is how the gorge got its name. The area is ideal for trekking and it takes about two hours to cross it. The gorge leads from Zakros to Kato Zakros.
This museum is housed in the former Commercial Ottoman School, offered by the Municipality of Ierapetra to the Ministry of Culture. The museum exhibits items from the Minoan, Geometric, Archaic, Classical and Roman times.
The Kales Fortress of Ierapetra stands right at the entrance of the port. It was constructed by the Venetians in the 13th century but not much of the castle remains today.
Kapsa Monastery is located 7 km east of Makrigialos. It was founded in the 15th century and was restored in the 19th century by monk Gerontogiannis, who lived in a close cave. During the Second World War, it helped people to get into submarines and leave for Egypt. The monastery celebrates on August 29th.
Kazarma Fortress was built by the Venetians in the Medieval times to protect the town from enemies. Today many cultural events are organized there in summer.
The place was excavated in the first years of the 20th century by the American archaeologist H. Boyd and the findings include a small palace on top of a hill, the residence of the administrator, the market and the grounds of some stone houses whose walls were 2m high.
Lato was an ancient Minoan town built between two hills. Today visitors can see the remains of a fortress, a temple and an ancient theatre. The location offers amazing view to the gulf of Agios Nikolaos.
The ancient site of Vassiliki was constructed in the Minoan times but it was destroyed many times, until totally abandoned in the late Minoan period. Notable findings were excavated in Vassiliki, such as jugs, dishes, jewerly and ceramic items.
On the way from Sissi to Agios Nikolaos, close to the village of Vrahassi, there is the monastery of Agios Georgios of Selinari. It was originally founded in the 16th century and it is believed that its icon is miracle working.
The Monastery of Panagia Kroustalenia is found close to Tzermiado village, Lassithi Plateau. It was originally built in the 13th century and its monks contributed a lot to the Cretan Revolution.
The Holy Monastery of Vidiani is located at the north west entrance of Lassithi Plateau. It was constructed in the 19th century and hosts a department of the Museum of Natural History of Crete.
This is the only palm forest in Europe and spreads around a gorgeous, sandy beach. It used to be a free camping spot but today it is prohibited.
The church of Panagia Kera is a three-aisled church with many frescoes from the 14th and the 15th century. It is located 9 km west of Agios Nikolaos and 1 km from Kritsa.
The private observatory Sasteria is located in Agios Stefanos, a mountainous village north of Makrigialos, souther Lassithi. It works all year round and gives the visitor a unique opportunity to see the wonders of the sun and the night sky.
The sea lake of Agios Nikolaos is the main feature of the town. It is connected to the sea through a channel and many fishing boats find a safe shelter in this lake.
The Archaeological Museum of Sitia was established in 1984. It houses exhibits from the region of Sitia and the wider region of Lassithi, dating from the Minoan till the Roman times.
The spectacular vision of white windmills on the Lassithi plateau on Crete Island is one of a kind. The windmills are located to the northern entrance of the plateau and they use ground water to irrigate the crops.
The Minoan Palace of Zakros was discovered in 1961, but works had started many decades before. The palace has a central courtyard, labirynth corridors and many rooms, while a corridor connected it to the port. A small town surrounded the palace.
A strong fortress was built by the Venetians on this islet, right opposite the port of Elounda. Later on, this is where the lepers of Greece were transfered, until the 1960s. Nowadays Spinalonga is uninhabited but excursion boats from Elounda transfers visitors there in summer.
This is a lush green plain of wild beauty. Many picturesque villages and windmills dot this plateau. The capital village is Tzermiado.
One of the largest and most important monasteries of Crete, the Monastery of Toplou is found on the way from Sitia to Vai beach. The date of its foundation is unknown, but it is estimated around the 15th century.
The Cave of Milatos can be reached through a short walking path. It has a historical importance for Crete as 3,600 Greeks were slaughtered there by the Turks in 1823. Inside a case, there is a small church.
Chrissi is a small island on the southern side of Crete. This island can be reached by boat from Ierapetra in about an hour and it is famous for the exotic beaches.
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