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Lassithi Plateau

The plateau is surrounded by so high and dense mountains that form a unique natural fortress...

History of the Plateau

Lassithi Plateau was located in the center of the Minoan World and has been inhabited since the Neolithic times...

Agritourism in Plateau

Lassithi Plateau is on the "Special Protection Areas" that have been established in the European Union for the protection of nature...

Archaeological sites

Since the ancient times we have had references to Lassithi Plateau mainly because of Diktaion Antron, that according to mythology....

Lassithi Plateau is one of the most beautiful places in Crete and is visited by more than 200 thousand tourists every year. It is a unique combination of natural beauty, mythology, history and traditional lifestyle.

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The village Magoulas is one of the first inhabited villages in the Plateau. It is the highest village in the Plateau since its last home is at an altitude above 900 meters. It is one of the most beaut...

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Mesa Lassithi

The village is located on the east side of the valley of the Plateau. It is built on the outskirts of Mount Samias and is near Krystallenia Monastery. Formerly it had a great production of apples of e...

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The precise origin of the name of the village has not been clarified yet. The most likely scenario is due to a furnace or chimney of its first settler, named Faouro, which in Latin means blacksmith. I...

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Avrakontes, like all the other villages of the province, was built after 1463, when the plateau started being cultivated again, after the total destruction and devastation of 1343. It was named after ...

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Psychro is the most well-known area in the Plateau and a major tourist attraction because of the cave (Diktaion Antron), located just above the village. According to the tradition, but also due to the...

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The village owes its name to the surname Marmakiotis of the first residents (See "Cretan Chronicles, "KE", and p. 296 Kastrofylakas (K219) Marmachiotti). According to another version, there were mines...

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Koudoumalia is one of the oldest and smallest villages of Lasithi Plateau. Along with Magoulas and Agios Charalampos, Koudoumalia is one of the highest villages in the plateau. Its name comes from a M...

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Tzermiado is the seat of the municipality of the Lassithi Plateau. Along with Agios Georgios they are the biggest villages in the Plateau and have the biggest population. All the authorities of the mu...

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Agios Konstantinos

The village got its name from the church of Agios Konstantinos, who was regarded the protector of the village. Various findings and some burial vessels around the area of the village and particularly ...

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