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County of Lasithi: The picturesque destination of Crete ...

The picturesque beauty of the city of Saint Nicholas, is indicative of the entire Lasithi county. Although, each year, it touristically attracts thousands of visitors, it remains one of the most tranquil destinations in Crete. , The lake Voulismeni is a characteristic feature of the city, a meeting point not only for the residents but also for the tourists, because of the numerous shops and restaurants which are situated around it. In the rest of the county you will come across two of the most famous beaches of the island, Elounda and Vai, while the small boats setting off from Saint Nikolaos will take you to the historic Spinalonga and the beautiful Chrissi.

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Beauty of 5 stars!

The cosmopolitan EloundaThe previous fishing village has become the most cosmopolitan destination in the county, famous for its nightlife. Elounda gathers a lot of tourist resorts, setting an example for the luxury and amenities they offer. Hordes of domestic artists and celebrities of Hollywood rush to spend a few days in one of the five star hotels in Elounda every year, ensuring their tranquility, away from both the bustle and lights of journalists.

 

 

Zakros, a part of the  Minoan past...The Palace of Zakros

During the ancient times, Zakros hosted one of the four most important palaces. The Palace of Zakros, although it is the smallest of those of Knossos, Faistos and Malia, was an important religious and administrative center of the empire. The first excavations in Zakros began in 1900, while in the second stage of the excavations, during the decade of the 60’s, the remains of the Palace and a lot of ceramics and bronze utensils came to light, as we know them today.

The historic Spinalonga

The Venetian fortifications SpinalongaIt became known as the island of lepers, as there was a Leper Center of Crete until 1957. The island of isolation for those suffering from the Hansen's Disease , today it is among the most popular attractions of the island. Travelling from Saint Nikolaos, Elounda or Plaka by boat, you will see a number of restored buildings, the narrow streets of the island and part of the walls, which was a fortification plan of the Venetians in the 16th century.

 

 

An exotic paradise for the selected ...Chrissi Island with its turquoise waters and white gold sand

The Gaidouronisi island or the Chrissi  island with its turquoise waters and white gold sand of its coast, surrounded by a large cedar forest,is a reminiscent of an exotic paradise. In the western part of the uninhabited island you will find the church of St. Nicholas of the 13th century, a salt lake and carved tombs of Roman years.

Cave of 'mythical' charm

The Dikteon CaveThe cave where, according to tradition, Rhea gave birth to the king of the gods, Zeus, is  located above the village of Psichro and was one of the most important worship places of Minoan Crete. Consisting of five chambers, the Dikteon Andron is"decorated" inside by a small lake as well as stalagmites and stalactite formations. Its beauty is your real reward!

 

 

Golden Coasts!Agia Fotia beach

Agia Fotia, Elounda, Sitia, Vai, Pahia Ammos, Makrigialos ... charming beaches with crystal clear waters and developed tourist infrastructure, particularly beloved to visitors wishing carefree dives. It is worth mentioning Vai awarded with the Blue Flag, because of the tropical palm trees that surround it and is among the 19 endemic forests of Greece.

Gastronomy

The famous gamopilafoThe fennel is one of the most popular herbs of the island, from which the favorite pies are made in Crete. In Sitia,a town of Lasithi,you  will taste one of the most popular Cretan cheese, the xigalo, with its buttery texture. If you are lucky and attend a Cretan feast, such as a Cretan wedding,an engagement or a christening, you will also taste the wedding-rice or ‘gamopilafo’,the Cretan pilaff which is a tradition!

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