Tuesday, 1-Sep-2015

Region: Crete Area: Heraklion, Avdou
Crete, with the surface approximately of the same size as Corsica, is the largest Greek island. On the island the mountains dominate.
Deep gorges cut across literally the high mountains before they reach the fertile valleys.
This way there is constantly a variation in the landscape, woody, green and quiet.
Enter the rhythms of Crete and start to discover this island which is considered the cradle of the western world.

Źnossos: the most important of the Minoan palaces and the oldest city of Greece
The original villages of Lassithi plateau and its famous windmills.
Pay a visit at St. John¢s (Agios Ioannis Kabitis) little church located at the heart of the plateau.
Visit the region¢s many famous caves, ”Dichty¢ cave in ”Psychro¢ village, place of birth of Jupiter and ”Trapeza¢ cave in ”Tzermiado¢ village, being the most important ones.
15 traditional villages are sculling around the Lassithi plateau.
You should not miss to taste the traditional specialties of the region in the village¢s traditional taverns located in central squares.
Trade-mark of most of these squares are their refreshing springs.
Relax and enjoy a glass of Raki, the region¢s traditional drink, which you can find in all the traditional cafeterias and taverns. The most well known cloisters are Mother Mary¢s Abbey (Panagia Kera), Vidianis Abbey with a very interesting Natural History Museum as well as Kroustallenia¢s Abbey, a really important historical place located in “Agios Konstantinos” village which is also a lovely region full of flowers and shadowy spaces ideal for picnics.
The Folklore Museum in “Agios Georgios” village is definitely worth visiting.
A route we recommend is from Lassithi to “Agios Nikolaos” (41km), passing by several traditional little villages. “Agios Nikolaos” is particularly crowded during summer while its port is a stop you should not miss.
12 km away from there, you will find another amazing little port, Elounda¢s port.
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