The archaeological site of Itanos

The remains of ancient Itanos are located close to the Palm Forest of Vai in an area nowadays known as Erimoupoli. Ancient Itanos was an important city-state – Crete’s easternmost.

Toplou Ecclesiastical Museum

the ecclesiastical museum of moni toplou

On show at the museum and in the katholicon are treasures salvaged by monks over the monastery’s long history.

Of particular interest is the monastery’s collection of rare icons, especially Christ Pantocrator (Christ the Almighty), a work attributed to the 15th century icon painter Andreas Ritzos, and works by Ioannis Kornaros.

Toplou Monastery

the monastery of toplou

The Toplou Monastery is one of Crete’s largest, most historic and richest monasteries. Details of its foundation remain unknown but the monastery’s oldest frescoes, in the Catholic section, have been dated to the 14th century.

Gorge of Kritsa

The wild gorge of Kritsa

The gorge of Kritsa or Havga, a narrow gorge not far from the village of Kritsa, is difficult and wild, and with particular natural beauty, stretches for 13 km at the eastern tip of the plateau, commanding a spectacular view over the entire area. The gorge reaches a depth of 300 m with a minimum width of 1.5 m.

Lasithi Caves

The caves of Lassithi

In the surrounding country side of Lasithi there are several caves of archaeological interest, one of which is the Trapeza cave or cave of Cronos at a height of 90 m above the plain, and the other is the Diktaeon Andron or cave of Zeus (also King Minos, the son of Zeus and Europe was born).

Mount Dikti

Mount Dikti in Lassithi

Mount Dikti is located at the western side of the Lassithi Prefecture. It consists of peaks (Diktian range), such as: Mt Spathi (2.148 m), Mt Afentis Hristos (2.141 m) and Mt Lazaros (2.085 m), Psari Madara (2.141 m), Katharo Tsivi or Aliada (1.664 m).

Vai Palm Forest

The famous palm beach of Vai

Vai is one of the largest attractions of the Mediterranean island of Crete. It features the largest natural palm forest in Europe, made up of palm tree Phoenix Theophrasti.

For tourism Vai was discovered at the end of the 1970s by the last Hippies who fled the hot-spots Matala and Preveli.

Lassithi Plateau

The amazing Plateau of Lasithi

The Lassithi Plateau is one of the most beautiful areas in Crete. High up on the Dikti Mountains, it is a green, fertile valley, covering an extension of 25.000 sq. km full of cultivation of potatoes, garden and fruit products and almond trees. The spectacle of 10.000 windmills scattered throughout the area is unique.