Lassithi is the most easterly province of Crete.

While in Lassithi we can view wonderful natural landscapes, and cities with full urban development, including Sitia, Ierapetra and Agios Nikolaos. Therein lies the cosmopolitan resort of Elounda (made even more famous by the best seller book of Victoria Hislop  called "The Island"), but the Spinalonga island passed into history as a quarantine place for lepers.

  • Agios Nikolaos, Sitia, Ierapetra. Cities that combine urban development with the charm and character of the island.
  • Elounda. The cosmopolitan resort of Lasithi. It is built on the site of the ancient city Olounda, part of which sank. At the seabed, one can see the ruins of the ancient settlement. The natural beauty of Elounda make it an attraction for thousands of tourists every year. Elounda is the favorite destination for many celebrities from around the world. it is situated opposite the island of Spinalonga, which was until 1960 the quarantine place of lepers.
  • Vai Palm. Tropical beach with fine sand and pebbles, must-visit, as it combines a beautiful beach with a rare kind of palm.
  • Zakros. The village has a long history, since a Minoan palace was found there. It was founded around 1900 BC.
  • Windmills. You will see 24 windmills close to Seli.
  • Cold Cave. It was supposed to be a sacred spot of the Minoan era.
  • Palekastro. Archaeological site of the post Minoan period. There you can also see the Temple of Zeus Dikteou dated back to the 8th century BC. The most recent excavations have brought to light the pieces of a gold and ivory statue. The Palekastro Kouros as it was named, is associated with the worship of Zeus Dikteou.
  • Gorge of the Pines. Ideal for explorers of nature, because after four kilometers of trekking it leads directly to the beach of Makrigialos.
  • Gorge of the Dead. Another gorge that besides its natural interest, it presents historical interest, since Minoan tombs were found in its caves.
  • Itanos. There you see the ruins of the ancient Minoan city destroyed during the Byzantine period. Since then it has not been rebuilt.
  • Spinalonga Island. The name comes from the Italian language and translates as "long thorn". In Greek it is called "Makrakanthi" while the official name of the island is Calydon. The island was home to the lepers, but after the 60s it was completely deserted till today.
  • Golden Island or Gaidouronisi. From Ierapetra, in just one hour, you can admire the cedar forest and enjoy a swim in its beautiful beaches. Worth of your admiration are the countless fossilized seashells on the Belegrina beach in the northern part of the island which are hundreds of thousands of years old, the sculptured tombs of Romans, the ancient breakwater and the old lighthouse.
  • Dionysades Islands. Are four uninhabited islands north of Sitia: the Giannisada the Dragonara, Paximada and Paximadaki.

Churches and Monasteries

  • Monastery of the Life-Giving Spring Vidiani. Located at the foot of the plateau of Lassithi. Built in the mid 19th century.
  • Monastery of St. George Selinaris. Lies in Sissi.
  • Monastery of St. John the Baptist. Located between Gkounoura and Makrigialos in beautifully rocky location.
  • Kroustallenia Monastery of the Assumption. Located in Agios Konstantinos. It dates back to 1241 and is built on a small hill surrounded by large rocks.
  • Toplou Monastery. One of the richest monasteries in Crete.
  • Monastery of the Revealed, St. Nicholas. Located in the trough, in the archaeological site of the Minoan city.
  • Sitia Monastery of the Revealed. Located close to All Saints.
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