Located on the eastern side of Crete, Lassithi is the least tourist region of the island. Although it has some popular places, including Elounda, Sissi, Sitia and Ierapetra, the rest of the region is authentic and away from mass tourism. The best beach of Lassithi Greece is Vai, an amazing place with an impressive palm
Sports & natureNot as open to tourism as the rest of Crete, there are many chances for alternative activities in Lassithi. Diving is a popular activity, particularly in places of northern Lassithi, where there are organized centres that offer diving trips and courses of all levels. The sea bed of Lassithi has interesting flora, fauna and some wrecks to explore. The eastern side of Lassithi is great for windsurfing. Wind sports are practised in Xerokampos and the other beaches of Palekastro, but not in organized level. The inland of Lassithi is great for hiking. Many hiking trails cross impressive gorges, authentic villages and the famous Plateau of Lassithi.
Nightlife infoThe prefecture of Lassithi is the most peaceful region of Crete in terms of nightlife. Some clubs are found in the region of Elounda, Agios Nikolaos, Sissi and Sitia, the most tourist places of Lassithi. These clubs stay open overnight and play loud music. In the rest of Lassithi, there may not be clubs but just lounge bars that play soft music till 2 or 3 o'clock in the morning. For a more peaceful night, you can just have a long dinner in the many taverns around the prefecture, with the delicious recipes and the local wine or raki.
Culture and history infoLassithi Greece is less of a tourist hub and mostly known for its beautiful natural surroundings. This is the easternmost region of Crete and its most tourist developed villages are Agios Nikolaos, which is also the capital of the prefecture, Elounda, Sitia and Ierapetra. In the centre of the prefecture, there lies the Plateau of Lassithi, a beautiful natural area with windmills, mountainous villages, impressive gorges, caves such as Milatos or Trapeza, and a lot of greenery. In fact, this Plateau is one of the most fertile regions of Greece. The history of Lassithi started in the Minoan times and many ancient sites can be found all over it, such as the ancient towns of Pressos, Lato, Gournia and Vasiliki. These towns flourished in the 14th century BC but they declined after the destruction of the Minoan civilization. The next great development of Lassithi came in the 13th century AD when the Venetians conquered the island. They built Castles, like the Castle of Spinalonga, the windmills of the Plateau and made agriculture and trade the main occupation of the inhabitants. The Ottoman occupation set back the development of Lassithi. In the early 20th century, Lassithi and the whole island of Crete became part of Greece. Although Lassithi is the purest region of Crete, it has developed a lot its tourism facilities. You will find both organized and remote beaches, traditional villages and modern spots, natural areas and tourist resorts.