The prefecture of Lassithi is the least tourism affected region in Crete. Apart from some tourism resorts, such as Ierapetra, Elounda, and Sitia, the rest of the villages remain calm and traditional even in high season.
Many hotels and accommodation are located around these villages.
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Guide to 16 villages
Discover our guide to 16 Lassithi villages. They are all presented with a detailed description, photos and their location on a map of Lassithi. For the most popular ones, we also provide information about sightseeing in the area, a selection of hotels and reviews.
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.
Location: 11 km north of Agios Nikolaos
Description: The small village of Elounda becomes one of the busiest tourist villages in summer. It has lovely beaches in the area and is also famous for Spinalonga islet, at the entrance of its port.
Location: 106 km east of Agios Nikolaos
Description: This is a small, traditional village on the eastern coast of Lassithi Crete. The Minoan site of Ancient Zakros has been excavated in a small distance from the village.
Location: 30 km north west of Agios Nikolaos
Description: Milatos belongs to the wider tourist region of Sissi and Malia but it is obviously less crowded than these two resorts. Close to Milatos, there is a nice historical cave with a church inside.
Location: 58km south of Agios Nikolaos Description: Makrigialos is one of the most popular villages in Siteia that various tourists visit each year. The crystal-clear waters of the area’s beached along with the various tourist facilities constitute an excellent choice for the summer holidays.