Kapsa Monastery

The monastery of Kapsa

The Kapsa Monastery, offers stunning sea views. The monastery itself, which is dedicated to Agios Ioannis Prodromos, is a relatively modern one (19th century) though no one can say with certainty whether it is in fact built on the site of an older monastery or, indeed, which monastery that might be.


The archaeological site of Paleokastro

At the northernmost edge of the Cretan east coast near Paleokastro lie the ruins of a settlement which flourished during the Late Minoan period (1550-1220 B.C.). Its name remains unknown.

At the same site, however, remains of the Early and Middle Minoan periods (3000-1550 B.C.), mostly cemeteries with well-built ossuaries, and ruins of spacious houses are preserved.

Sitia - Ierapetra

Sitia - Ierapetra

Near Sitia lies the village of Piskokefalo, where, as in the nearby village of Zou, archaeologists have discovered finds from the Minoan period. The most striking of these in the area is the mansion of Zou, whose residents are said to have ruled over the entire, prosperous, region.

Agios Nikolaos – Sitia – Zakros

Agios Nikolaos – Sitia – Zakros

This route, through the eastern end of the prefecture of Lasithi, initially follows the eastern coastline of the Bay of Mirabello to the south and east.

On a rise near the village of Istro is yet another settlement used as a place of refuge by Cretans during the Dorian invasion, Vrokastro. The actual site is reached on foot, but the view over the gulf is reward in itself.