Nature

Gerani Cave

Gerani - the cave of stalagmites

The Gerani cave displays magnificent stalagmites and boasts 6 halls. Apart from three human skeletons, archaeological research has brought to light a variety of bone and stone tools dating back to the Neolithic period.

Melidoni Cave

Melidoni cave - a place of worship

Excavation works, which continue in the cave of Melidoni, have proved that the cave was used as a central place of worship from the early Neolithic age up until the Roman period. An inscription gives evidence of the fact that Hermes was worshiped in this cave.

120 different Orchids

One hundred and twenty different Orchids in one square meter of Cretan soil

Anna Ohmer, a German botanist, has chosen Crete for her holidays in 1992, but she has been living now for 14 years in this place where the scents of wild herbs fill the mountain air, exploring the local flora and especially orchids, on which she has written a book named “Orchids of Crete”.

Cretan Wild Cat

Felix silvestris - the cretan wild cat

In numerous locations of our planet the questionable existence of certain rare animals has given rise to tales and legends.

In this respect, there are tales about ghost-animals which haunt entire regions and have a strong impact on every day life and customs.

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.

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.