Lassithi

Lassithi

Things to do - general

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 forest and crystal water. All the beaches have crystal water and relaxing atmosphere. Very interesting are also the traditional villages in the Plateau of Lassithi, keeping all the local customs and a calm pace of life. A drive around will bring you to ancient sites and Medieval Castles, such as the Minoan palace of Zakros and the famous island of Spinalonga.

Country Greece
Visa requirements

First, check the current validity of your passport.

All travelers will need a passport valid for at least 90 days following your departure date from Greece. However, we strongly recommend traveling with 6 months validity on your passport at all times.

Second, make sure your passport has blank Visa pages.

Most destinations, including Greece, require that you have adequate un-used pages in your passport, allowing for any necessary stamps upon arrival and departure. We recommend that you have at least two free pages in Visas section of your passport before any international travel. U.S. citizens can get extra passport pages added to their passports as fast as within 24 hours.

Finally, confirm if transit visa is required for any connections.

Check with your airline in case you have connecting flights overseas as part of your journey to Greece. It may be the case that countries you pass through en route to your destination may require a separate transit visa.

Languages spokenGreek, English, Russian, French
Currency usedEuro
Area (km2)Crete

Sports & nature

Not 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 info

The 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 info

Lassithi 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.

Aeolos Beach

Aeolos Beach

Fillelinon Str 13, Lassithi
Property Location Located in Chersonissos (Malia), Aeolos Beach is close to Palace of Malia and Lych More info
Ammoudara Beach Hotel Apartments

Ammoudara Beach Hotel Apartments

Ammoudara, Lassithi
Property Location With a stay at Ammoudara Beach Hotel & Apartments in Agios Nikolaos (Agios Nik More info
Limni Pension

Limni Pension

N.Plastira 14, Lassithi
The family-run Limni Pension is centrally located in the seaside Agios Nikolaos Town, within 500 met More info
Agios Nikolaos Market

Agios Nikolaos Market

Lassithi
If you like sightseeing mixed up with shopping, then this morning trip is ideal. After leaving your More info
Spinalonga Excursion

Spinalonga Excursion

Lassithi
One of the most famous spots in Crete, Spinalonga is sometimes called the ‘island of tearsR More info

Unfortunately there are no cruise offers at this location at the moment.

Unfortunately there are no car rental offers at this location at the moment.