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5-6 hours ( 5 stops )
About the excursion
If you want a unique experience away from crowded cities, don't miss the chance to visit Lasithi Plateau. We will explore the cretan traditional lifestyle, we will taste ancient cretan recipes, we will walk around and take pictures under the shadow of an ancient perennial plane tree. Our tour ends with a visit to the mythological cave, Dikteon Andro, where ancient olympian god, Zeus, was born.
*All the tours are flexible on youe needs. There are not included tickets, entrance rates & tour guide.
Psychro is one of 18 villages in the municipality of Lassithi Plateau. It has 133 inhabitants and is built at an altitude of 840 meters at the northern foot of Mount Toumba Moutsounas, 70 km from Heraklion. Psychro is situated in a beautiful green area with a lot of apple trees. There are a lot of theories about its name. Some claim that the village got its name because of its location(Psychro means cold in
English) , while others believe that it owes its name from a fountain of cold water inside the village.Psychro is probably the most famous and, at the same time, the most touristy village on the plateau due to the Cave of Zeus, which is located about a kilometer from the village, at a height of 1025 meters.
The Lassithi Plateau is located about 70 km east of Heraklion. It's located at an altitude of 850 meters in a picturesque plain surrounded by imposing mountains above 1000 meters, creating a magnificent landscape with only 8 accessible entrances. The snowfall during the winter season is so much that the snow in the plain and the surrounding mountains remain until the middle of spring. Thousands of windmills that have dominated the site since the beginning of the 20th century remain stamped by every visitor. There were about 10.000-13.000 windmills pumping groundwater and it was the first and largest wind farm in Europe.
Krassi village is located 46 km southeast of Heraklion city at an altitude of 600 meters It is a rural settlement located at the foot of Mount Selena. Krassi is one of the most beautiful villages of the island as the visitor has the opportunity to walk in the narrow cobbled streets, to be photographed at the highest point of the village in Grand Fountain - "Megali Vrisi", which is a spring with plenty of water, and admire the perennial plane tree of about 2000 years old and about 24 meters in diameter.
Keras Kardiotissas Monastery
The Keras Kardiotissas Monastery is a nunnery monastery dedicated to Virgin Mary that is situated near the village of Kera. It was built on the north slopes of Lasithi Plateau. The exact date of its foundation is unknown. It is believed that the establishment of the monastery is connected with the miraculous icon of Virgin Mary. The icon was drawn by San Lazaro (9th century). During the Venetian Era, the icon was stolen from a wine merchant and moved to Rome, where it is stored till today in the Church of San Alfonso. In 1735, the icon was replaced by another one, which is also considered miraculous. Of particular interest are the 14th-century old frescoes that adorn the interior of the monastery.
Dictean Cave (Cave of Zeus)
Diktaion Andro is located at an altitude of 1020 m. The route to the cave is magnificent as the view to the Lassithi Plateau is breathtaking. The cave has an area of 2,200 square meters and is open to the public.
The total length of the tourist route is 250 m. Inside there is a rich decoration of stalactites, stalagmites and a picturesque lake. The cave seems to have been used for residence and burials since 2800 BC. It
seems that in around 2000BC, the Diktaean Cave became a place of worship. The cave is full of various shapes that resemble humans or animals and it seems that they have been used as worship objects. The Dictaean cave is famous in Greek mythology as the cave where Rea took refuge to give birth to the future father of the gods, Zeus, for fear that Kronos might kill his son. Amalthea, nurtured the infant Zeus with her goat's milk.