Lassithi Sightseeing

Lassithi sightseeing
Sightseeing: 38 things to see in Lassithi, Greece

The area of Lassithi Greece is known for its mountainous landscape, the long sandy beaches, and the interesting sightseeing. Although this is the less tourist developed region of Crete, it is yet charming in its own unique way. Vai, Xerokampos, Agia Fotia, Kouremenos, Istron, and Palekastro are among the most beautiful beaches of Lassithi, although a drive around will bring visitors to many secluded beaches. The Lassithi Plateau is a fantastic region to explore by car, while not to miss is the boat trip from Ierapetra to the stunning island of Chrissi. A very interesting excursion is also to the Island of Spinalonga, on the northern side of Lassithi, which was a former leper colony.

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In this section, you can see the best Lassithi Sightseeing but also things to see by location.
You can also view all things to see in Lassithi by category: villages, beaches, museums, and churches.

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Best Sightseeing

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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 transferred, until the 1960s. Nowadays Spinalonga is uninhabited but excursion boats from Elounda transfer visitors there in summer.

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This is a lush green plain of wild beauty. Many picturesque villages and windmills dot this plateau. The capital village is Tzermiado.

Location: Palekastro
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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.

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The Cave of Milatos can be reached through a short walking path. It has historical importance for Crete as 3,600 Greeks were slaughtered there by the Turks in 1823. Inside a case, there is a small church.

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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.

Best villages

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Location: On the northern side of Lassithi Crete
Description: Agios Nikolaos is the capital of Lassithi Crete. It has a lovely lake and a picturesque port, which serves mostly close destinations.

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Location: 50 km west of Agios Nikolaos
Description: Tzermiado is the capital village of Lassithi Plateau. This is a traditional village surrounded by vast vegetation and many windmills.

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Location: 35 km south of Agios Nikolaos
Description: Ierapetra is a beautiful seaside town on the south of Crete. It has many historical sights and beautiful beaches.

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Location: 26 km north west of Agios Nikolaos
Description: Sissi is a lovely village in the borders of Lassithi and Heraklion. Over the last years, Sissi has developed in tourism and its small port hosts many yachts and boats in summer.

Best beaches

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Location: 94 km north east of Agios Nikolaos
Description: Vai is a sandy beach surrounded by the only palm forest in Europe. This forest has about 5,000 palm trees and it is a protected area.

Type: Family Friendly, Organised

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Location: 90 km east of Agios Nikolaos
Description: Palekastro is a calm beach on the eastern side of Lassithi Crete. Unorganized and secluded, this beach is great for relaxing.

Type: Sandy, Non Organised, Secluded, Windsurfing

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Location: 13 km south of Agios Nikolaos
Description: Istro is an amazing beach with soft golden sand. It is organized with umbrellas and protected from strong winds.

Type: Sandy, Family Friendly, Organised, Diving Club

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Location: 47 km south east of Agios Nikolaos
Description: This is a calm tourist resort with nice beaches. The area is surrounded by pine forests and a small chapel of Agia Fotia is located near the beach.

Type: Sandy, Family Friendly, Partly Organized, Secluded

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