Lasithi Plateau is a region of 15 spectacular panoramic villages set in the Mountains and Tzermiado is the biggest and the capital of Lasithi.
Lasithi is known worldwide for two things, for It’s 12.000 windmills and Zeus cave.
Dikteon Cave, Psychro Cave or Zeus Cave which is located about a kilometer from the village Psychro on height of 1025 meters.
Named Dikteon Cave because it is nestled in Dikteon Range Mountains, Psychro Cave because is located in this village and Zeus Cave because, according to the mythology the father of the Greek ancient Gods, Zeus, was born here.
This is a beautiful cave and one of the most visited sites in Crete.
Windmills Of Lasithi Plateau
There were about 12.000 -13.000 windmills pumping groundwater and it was the first and largest wind farm in Europe, but most have now been replaced by electric or petrol pumps.
Apples and pears,cherrys and plams,pomegranates and quins, strawberrys,nuts,almonds,grapes, potatoes and tomatoes, lettuce,aubergines,artichokes and much much more are grown on the Lasithi Plateau,since hundreds years ago.
Still working Wind Mill
Lasithi Plateau is 25 km (15,53 mi) south of Malia, 70 km (43.505 mi) southeast of Heraklion and 51km ( 31.696mi) southeast of Elounda.
To get to Lasithi Plateau you must take a taxi or hire a car, since there is no bus service, or you can book a Tour or Private tour with Tours in Heraklion.
On the way to Lasithi Plateau you can visit Aposelemis dam where the Sfedili village appears and disappears, depending on the seasons, in the winter only a part of village is visible and in the summer when water level drop, the village is visible again. Floodwater from the plateau is diverted via a 3.5 km tunnel to Aposelemis Dam reservoir.
You can also admire a nature and see and breath the smell of different herbs that grows in the region.
The monumental plane tree at Krasi village
You can visit Krasi village with spectacular views and the monumental of the nature Platanus Tree ,the springs with fresh water and if you are lucky, you can watch the bearded vulture (Gypaetus barbatus).
On the way to Lasithi Plateau – The panoramic view
Breathtaking view from the mountains
Lassithi plateau is an area of 25 square kilometers,11 kilometres on the east-west axis and 6 kilometres on the north-south.
You can visit Lasithi Plateau all year round, but the best time of the year is from April till the end of October, because you’ll have the chance to enjoy the beauties of nature, see even to pick some of the fresh of a lot of fruit and vegetables that people cultivate there.
Feta cheese made by shepherds
Also, you can taste some of delicious local food in the family tavernas cooked with fresh local products.
Entering the Lasithi Plateau you will meet 24 stone flour mills dating back to the 1800s,operated until the end of WWII, but today most are in various stages of ruin, with only three restored so far.