Lassithi Geography

Lassithi Prefecture is situated in the easternmost part of Crete. In the other three parts it is washed by the sea: the Cretan Sea from the north, the Karpathian Sea from the east and the Libyan Sea from the south. On the east it borders with Heraklion prefecture and between them is the mountain range of Diktys. The capital of Lassithi is Agios Nikolaos.

The geography of Lassithi can be admired in many areas of this regional unit. The terrain of Lassithi Crete is mainly mountainous, dominated by the mountains of Diktys, including the regions of Ierapetra and Mirampelos. Beautiful valleys with olive trees lay in these areas, close to the coasts. Around the region of Lassithi, there are many dramatic gorges, the largest being Cha Gorge between Ierapetra and Agios Nikolaos. Around the region, there are many monuments that depict the rich history of this side of Crete.

The coastline of Lassithi, Crete island, varies including a large bay (Mirambellos), a sea lake (Agios Nikolaos), sandy beaches, small and large ports in the north (Elounta, Sitia, Poros, and Faneromenis). The islands that belong to the prefecture are plenty and very interesting for many reasons but mostly for natural beauty. The most important and famous is Spinalonga, the Venetian fortress which later became the home of the lepers.

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