Lasithi Plateau In Crete – A Majestic Painting-Like Landscape
The reputation of Lasithi Plateau in Crete, exceeds its size, so it is proved that the beauty of a place has nothing to do with its dimensions, which, in this case, are such that allow you to see and enjoy many things even if you visit it for a few hours. The image of the countless white sails of windmills released in even more countless postcards is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear people talk about Lasithi plateau.
One of the most famous tourist destinations, the largest plateau of Crete, owes its reputation largely on the renewable energy, of which the local self-taught craftsmen took advantage in an exceptional way, long before the global warming happens.
Eleven km long and about six in width, the ellipsoidal plateau continues to create the feeling of a cuddling when you gaze the views, either from the highest neighborhoods of Tzermiado, which is the administrative center of the region, or from the village “Psixro” (“Cold”) , located a little higher. If you go round Lasithi Plateau by car, this sense is reinforced as, in order to see all the villages, you have to do a circular route that hardly exceeds 20 km.
The landscape of Lasithi Plateau In Crete
Lasithi Plateau in Crete looks like a painting. This painting, which is dominated by the vivid green of the fertile plain, especially when it’s sunny, is traversed by horizontal and vertical line-roads, creating beautiful, neat squares, which are the fields planted with vegetables, potatoes and a variety of other plants.
The roads were created according to the Venetian “Linia”, the drainage channels created by the conquerors of the island. The flow of abundant water from the mountains is what has contributed to the development of agriculture on the plateau, which in turn, was the reason for the famous windmills to spring up in the area.
In Lasithi Plateau, it is worth to visit “Psixro”, the benchmark of the area, not only because it is one of the highest points of the plateau, but also because if you climb even higher and follow the uphill path, you can enjoy the descent in the liquid beauty of stalactites and stalagmites of Dikteon Cave.
The Monastery of Kroustallenia next to the village of Agios Konstantinos and the monastery of Vidiani shortly after “Kato Metohi” and just before “Pinakiano” are the two religious sites of Lasithi Plateau. Your cultural concerns may find their way into the Folklore Museum and the Museum of Eleftherios Venizelos, located in the village of Agios Georgios, which operate only during the summer months.
In Lasithi Plateau, which you can reach either from the side of Heraklion or Agios Nikolaos, you can find some picturesque romantic taverns, most of them open in the summer months. These taverns can offer you exceptional traditional Cretan recipes made of pure local products.
The holiday villas in Lasithi Plateau are also traditional. In addition to their private swimming pool and their coziness, the stone-made holiday houses offer a peaceful and relaxing view of the mountains and the villages around. So, Lasithi Plateau, because of its location, is a place suitable for summer as well as winter vacation.
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