The south coast of Lassithi offers organized yet serene sandy or pebbly beaches within an amazing natural environment filled with gorges and caves. There is also the chance to visit the nearby islets of Chrissi and Koufonissi which are famous for their fine sand and wonderful azure waters.
The beaches on Lassithi's North coast
Lasithi's North coast has everything; from organized beaches with sun beds and water sports to secluded private bath tubs. Either right inside town or at more remote places, most of these beaches have been awarded the European Blue Flag.
Yakinthos - The saint of love
Graceful Yakinthos (Hyacinth) is playing in the forest and throws the discus as far as he can to be better than his teacher Apollo. And the God is so enchanted by the beauty of the boy that he is totally forgetting the game. Zephyr is jealous and makes the discus loose its track. Yakinthos falls dead to the ground. Grieving Apollo makes a beautiful white flower grow on the spot where Yakinthos fell dead.
Livestock farming in crete
Livestock farming, lively described by Vitsentzos Kornaros in "Erotokritos" and in many other works of Cretan Literature, is contemporary of man in the island.
Sources of history dating from the Minoan era certify that the oldest Cretan profession is the one of the shepherd.
However, sometimes history is superfluous.
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Time Zone: GMT/UTC +2 ()
Daylight Saving Start: last Sunday in March
Daylight Saving End: last Sunday in October
Language: Greek (official)
Currency: Euro (€)
Electricity: 220V 50 HzHz
Electric Plug Details: European plug with two circular metal pins
International Dialling Code Greece: +30
National Dialing Codes:
Agios Nikolaos: 28410
Useful Information - Rethymnon, Crete
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traditional arts in Rethymnon
Remains of the Minoan civilization, or at least those artifacts, which the archaeological pickax has been able to bring to light and which could be preserved, give the most important evidence of the dexterously produced pieces of handicraft, which the Cretans have accomplished and improved since prehistoric times.