Located on the eastern side of Crete, Lassithi is the least tourist region of the island. Although it has some popular places, including Elounda, Sissi, Sitia and Ierapetra, the rest of the region is authentic and away from mass tourism. The best beach of Lassithi Greece is Vai, an amazing place with an impressive palm forest and crystal water. All the beaches have crystal water and relaxing atmosphere. Very interesting are also the traditional villages in the Plateau of Lassithi, keeping all the local customs and a calm pace of life. A drive around will bring you to ancient sites and Medieval Castles, such as the Minoan palace of Zakros and the famous island of Spinalonga.


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Lassithi is the easternmost region of Crete. Although few villages are largely developed in tourism, such as Elounda and Sissi, the rest of Lassithi remains totally off the beaten track even in high season. Holidays in Lassithi can be cosmopolitan or totally remote, depending on your preferences. A drive around will bring visitors to traditional villages, secluded beaches, impressive gorges and old monasteries. Agios Nikolaos, Sitia and Ierapetra are also tourist developed places, without losing their original character.

The prefecture of Lassithi Greece is located on Crete island, one of the most popular Greek islands. Various small towns, busy coastal resorts and picturesque mountainous villages can be found around the prefecture of Lassithi. The beach areas propose fine accommodations, while the mountainous villages are perfect places to experience the traditional Cretan way of life and taste local dishes in restaurants.

Magnificent beaches can be found all around the coastline, such as Vai Beach with the incredible palm forest, the exotic waters and the golden sand. Ierapetra, Sitia and Agios Nikolaos are fine seaside villages that keep their authentic character despite the tourist development.

If you are interested in sightseeing, then you should not miss a visit to the island of Spinalonga, a strong Venetian castle and former leper colony. The Medieval Castles of Sitia and Ierapetra are nice to explore, as well as the many ancient sites you will find on your way. Have a look in our guide of Lassithi Crete and find all useful information about your vacations there. You can combine your holidays in Lassithi with visits to the other prefectures of Crete: Heraklion, Chania and Rethymno.

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