LASSITHI TRAVEL GUIDE
Find out everything about your holidays in Lassithi on our travel guide! Lassithi is a region on the eastern side of Crete. Still untouched by mass tourism, Lassithi boasts an unspoiled natural setting. Although some popular places, such as Elounda, Sissi, Sitia, and Ierapetra lie in Lassithi, tourism has yet to gasp itself upon this region.
Lassithi Crete stands out for its natural landscape and beautiful beaches! Lassithi beaches have clear waters and an exotic Caribbean vibe. The best beach in Lassithi is Vai, a gorgeous beach with crystal clear waters, which is insulated by a palm tree forest! It’s the perfect place to relax without the hustle and bustle of tourism.
But, Lassithi is famous not only for its beaches but also for its rural villages. Lassithi Plateau, one of the most picturesque areas in Lassithi, is the best place to introduce yourself to local tradition and adapt to the slow rhythm of the island.
MORE ABOUT LASSITHI GREECE
Lassithi Greece, the easternmost region of Crete, is one of the best places for complete immersion in nature and relaxation. Lassithi prefecture consists of many little towns, cosmopolitan coastal resorts, and picturesque mountainous villages. Except for some popular villages, like Elounda and Sissi, the rest of Lassithi remains a destination off the beaten tourist trail.
The postcard-perfect coastline of Lassithi is fringed with some of the finest beaches of Crete. The most popular beach in Lassithi is arguably Vai beach, an exotic blonde-sand beach surrounded by a palm tree forest.
Off the beaches are numerous seaside little towns, such as Ierapetra, Sitia, and Agios Nikolaos. These villages manage to keep their traditional charm and authenticity, despite being touristically developed.
A drive around Lassithi will bring you to impressive gorges, traditional monasteries, and several tourist sites, such as Spinalonga, the Medieval Castles of Sitia and Ierapetra, and many archaeological sites. View all sightseeing in Lassithi. If you are in a mood for a road trip, you can combine your trip to Lassithi with a visit to the nearby Heraklion, Chania, and Rethymno.
In Lassithi Crete, you’ll forget the sounds of the city!
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HOW TO GET TO LASSITHI?
Agios Nikolaos and Sitia are the main ports of Lassithi and they receive mainly some local routes from Heraklion. Only a few ferries come from Piraeus port in Athens. In general, it is more convenient to reach Lassithi from Heraklion.
HIGHLIGHTS: BEST THINGS TO DO
Discover the best things to do in Lassithi! From Lassithi sightseeing to activities, we give you the best recommendations for the ultimate Lassithi holidays experience!
Located on the north eastern side of Lassithi, the beach of Vai is famous for its amazing palm forest. Although in the past this was a hippies place, today the beach is protected as a natural reserve.
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 Lassithi Plateau is a region of wild beauty, dotted with mountainous villages, old windmills, small chapels and underground caves. This is an interesting region to explore by car.
The small island of Spinalonga is located just opposite the village of Plaka. During the first half of the 20th century, this is a leper colony. A strong Venetian castle stands today on this tiny place.
Agios Nikolaos is the largest town in Lassithi. This is a picturesque town constructed around a sea lake. Many beautiful beaches are found in a short drive from there.
Istro is one of the most beautiful beaches in Lassithi, with exotic waters and wild landscape. There are many such beautiful beaches in eastern Crete.
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.
On the south eastern side of Crete is the beautiful town of Ierapetra. This place is used as a base for excursions in the region, as it is close to nice beaches and picturesque villages.
Paleokastro is a secluded beach on the eastern side of Crete. Over the last years, it is developing as a windsurf destination in Crete. The other beaches in the region are also secluded.