Lassithi Plateau

Explore rural Crete with a visit to the Lassithi Plateau

Located in the heart of Eastern Crete, the Lassithi Plateau attracts many visitors seeking a tranquil retreat amidst stunning natural beauty and a charming cultural heritage. Situated at an altitude of over 800 metres, this plateau offers a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of the coast, where visitors can immerse themselves in the tranquil countryside and explore fascinating historical sites.

Natural Beauty and Scenic Landscapes

Pick up your Kourites car hire and head out on a drive to the Lassithi Plateau to witness a stunning sunset over the Cretan countryside, where the warm light of the setting sun illuminates the fertile fields and the famous windmills – an unforgettable experience.

The Lassithi Plateau boasts sweeping views of rolling hills, fertile farmland and scattered windmills dotting the landscape. This enchanting setting is ideal for leisurely strolls, nature hikes or simply relaxing and enjoying the peaceful atmosphere.

Traditional Agriculture and Windmills

One of the defining features of the Lassithi Plateau is the traditional agricultural practices that have characterized the landscape for centuries. You will discover vegetable fields, wheat fields and fruit orchards tended by the local farmers who live in the surrounding villages. The iconic windmills with their white sails, once used to irrigate the fields, add a special charm to the rustic landscape and offer a glimpse into the region’s agricultural history.


Immerse yourself in ancient mythology at the Diktaean Cave, located on the slopes of Mount Dikti and overlooking the plateau. Legend has it that this cave is where Zeus, the king of the gods in Greek mythology, was born and hidden as an infant. The mystical atmosphere of the cave makes it a must-see for history buffs and nature lovers alike.

Villages and Local Hospitality

Explore the picturesque villages scattered across the plateau, each with its own character and experience warm hospitality. Visit traditional tavernas and enjoy authentic Cretan cuisine using locally sourced ingredients, including fresh cheeses, aromatic herbs and hearty dishes such as lamb with artichokes or snails in tomato sauce.

Off-the-Beaten-Path Excursions

Take a trip beyond the plateau to discover nearby attractions, such as the historic Kera Kardiotissa Monastery, known for its beautiful Byzantine frescoes, or the picturesque town of Tzermiado with its charming architecture.

Plan Your Visit to Lassithi Plateau

Whether you are looking for tranquility in nature, a glimpse into traditional Cretan life or a journey into ancient mythology, the Lassithi Plateau offers a captivating escape from everyday life. Plan your visit to this hidden gem in eastern Crete and experience the timeless beauty and cultural richness of the Lassithi region.