Above: Countryside in Lasithi Region
Lasithi is the easternmost region on the island of Crete, to the east of Heraklion. The capital is Agios Nikolaos and the other major towns are Ierapetra, Sitia and Neapoli.
The mountains include the Dikti Mountain to the west and the Sitia Mountains to the east. The Sea of Crete lies to the north and the Libyan Sea to the south.
In the following posts we will be visiting the ancient sites of Lato, Zakros, and Gournia, the Lasithi Plateau with its windmills and the mountains of Lasithi.
We will as well take you on a sight in Agios Nikolaos, the beautiful capital of the region, and the other major town on the south coast, Ierapetra with the nearby island of Chrysi. Finally, we will visit Sitia, Vai beach (well-known for its datepalm forest) and Paleokastro.
Coordinates: 35°05′N 25°50′E (1) Agios Nikolaos (2) Ierapetra (3) Oropedio Lasithiou (4) Siteia
Thanks to stunning beaches and its mild climate all the year, Lasithi attracts many tourists. Mass tourism is served by places like Vai, Agios Nikolaos and the island of Chrysi. To the east of the village of Elounda lies the island of Spinalonga, formerly a Venetian fortress and a leper colony. More off-beat tourism can be found in villages on the south coast like Myrtos, Makrys Gialos or Makrigialos, Xerokambos and Koutsouras.
In Lasithi you will find a number of ancient remains. Vasiliki, Fournou Korifi, Pyrgos, Zakros and Gournia are ruins of the Minoan era, Lato and Itanos were Doric towns.
Ha Gorge is located in the west slope of Thrypti mountain and exits east of Vasiliki village in the plain of Ierapetra. The gorge is about 1.5 km long, particularly narrow at several points and has walls rising up to 300m. Its name derives from the verb hasko meaning to open or part widely, to gape. Ha is considered to be one of the wildest gorges in Crete and one of the most difficult to cross. Being practically inaccessible to people, the Ha gorge maintains a rich and diverse avifauna.