Holidays in Lassithi

Lassithi info

The Prefecture of Lassithi lies at the easternmost end of the Crete, home to Agios Nikolaos, the resort of Elounda, and the island of Spinalonga. It covers an area of 1,818 sq km, and its population numbers around 72,000 inhabitants. The general impression is the same as in the rest of Crete - long sandy beaches, green valleys with small villages, and islets here and there in the crystal-clear waters.The capital of the prefecture is Agios Nikolaos. It is inhabited by around ten thousand people and is built, town and port, in the picturesque Mirabello Bay. This friendly harbor is no different than any other small-sized one in Crete. Both cosmopolitan and traditional, it gives shelter to both luxury yachts and fishing boats of the local fishermen bringing in the catch of the day. Traditional cafes, along with more modern cafeterias and all kinds of small shops are welcoming the visitor and the local people alike, creating a relaxed rhythm of life! An acceptable level of services to both the non-demanding visitor and the demanding one, the hospitable people, and the local traditions merge to form the all-Cretan atmosphere of this town.The Port of Siteia to the east, the cosmopolitan Elounda, with its high level tourist infrastructure, and the town of Ierapetra, southeast at the narrowest point of the island, are also welcoming you. The beautiful plateau of Lassithi, ornated by its many villages and hundreds of windmills, relics of a not so remote past, when Man and Nature coexisted in much more reverent terms, and the famous palm-tree forest in Vai, are some of the beauties that the prefecture of Lassithi has to offer.Lassithi Prefecture, like everywhere else on Crete, has been gifted with many remarkable Archaeological and Cultural Treasures, a result of Man’s existence here since prehistoric times. The long Cretan History has bequeathed Lassithi with many ancient, medieval, and more modern relics. Venetian and Turkish monuments add to the uniqueness of the place - Greek Orthodox monasteries, Ottoman mosques, Byzantine churches, Venetian castles, and clock towers are to be found everywhere. The ancient Minoan Palace in Zakros is worth a visit on its own.

Holidays package proposal for Lassithi

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Ferry tickets to Lassithi

Lassithi can be reached by ferry boat, mainly from the port of Piraeus. Also, there is access from some other islands, such as Karpathos, Kassos, Milos, Rodos and Santorini by ferry boat or sea-taxi. We can offer ferry tickets through our online booking system.

Airtickets to Lassithi

Lassithi can be reached by plane. We can offer airtickets to the island through our online booking system.

Hotels in Lassithi

There is a variety of hotels, apartments and rooms to let in places like Sitia, Agios Nikolaos, Ierapetra, Elounda and many more, depending on the type of holidays you would prefer. You can find more information at the section of Lassithi hotels.

Transfer & car rental in Lassithi

There are transfer and car rental options in Lassithi through our online booking system.

Sightseeing and tours in Lassithi

The prefecture is steeped in ruins of ancient cities, settlements and buildings. There are quite a few spots worth visiting in Lassithi, like the Archaeological sites of Gournia and Zakros, the Diktaion Andron on Kikti mountain, the 15th century Toplou Monastery and the islet of Spinaloga with its famous Venetian castle. The cosmopolitan air of the island blows strong in Elounda, while other - no less beautiful - cities, towns and villages, like Ierapetra, Aghios Nikolaos (capital of the Prefecture), Sitia, Neapoli and Makrigialos, complete the diverse picture of this corner of Crete. Unique to all of Greece, and a "must see" is the forest of Vai, an area filled with palm trees. The plateau of Lassithi is one of the most beautiful areas in Crete. It is a green, fertile valley (817 m. altitude), covering an extension of 25,000 sq. km. full of cultivation of potatoes, garden and fruit products and almond - trees. The scenery's beauty is completed with the 10,000 windmills, which are scattered here for the area's watering.

Travel tourism information in Lassithi

•Agios Nicolaos (capital)
•Tourist Police:      +30 28410 26900
•Port Authority:      +30 28410 22312
•Hospital:               +30 28410 25221
•Ierapetra
•Police:                   +30 28420 90160
•Port Authority:      +30 28420 22294
•Health Center:      +30 28420 22488
•Municipality:         +30 28420 90000
•Sitia
•Police:                  +30 28430 24200
•Port Authority:      +30 28430 22310
•Health Center:     +30 28430 24313


Restaurants and nightlife in Lassithi

Most nightlife venues in the Lassithi Prefecture are situated in Agios Nikolaos, Sitia, Elounda, and Ierapetra, including a very good selection of clubs, bars and cafes, although most seaside settlements also offer a number of entertainment venues. In Lassithi there are traditional tavernas and restaurants everywhere, from the smallest village to the most popular resort, so visitors will find hundreds of place to eat in Agios Nikolaos, Crete, as well as elsewhere in the prefecture. As Crete is especially well-known for its cuisine, we recommend trying some of the most popular dishes at Lassithi restaurants, such as potatoes "oftes" (fried with the peel), "choclious" (traditionally-cooked escargot), baked eggplant, dakos (vinegar & water-soaked barley rusk with chopped tomato and feta cheese), raisin bread, olive bread, fresh seafood, and staka cheese, which is served either by itself or integrated into a dish. For dessert you may try the kaltsounia (sweet cheese pastries) and after, clean you palate with a small glass of "raki", the traditional alcoholic drink of Crete that will make you hair stand on end!

Special places of interest in Lassithi

The beautiful shoreline of the Lassithi Prefecture provides visitors with a plethora of splendid beaches on which to spend leisure time basking in the sun and swimming in the cool waters of the Cretan and Libyan Seas. On the northern coast of Lassithi, Crete, the waters are warmer and shallower than the southern waters, although the beaches on the southern coast of Lassithi are less crowded than those on the northern coast.In Lassithi, Crete, visitors will find a great number of both popular beaches and quiet beaches. The most crowded northern-shore Lassithi beaches include, of course, the beaches located around the capital of the prefecture, Agios Nikolaos, as well as the beaches of Almyros, Ammoudara, Elounda, Istro, Plaka and Sitia. In fact, Elounda Beach is one of Crete's most frequented holiday destinations. If you are vacationing on the southern side of the prefecture and are looking for popular spots, you should swim at the Lassithi beaches of Myrtos, Makrygialos and Ierapetra. Many people gather at the stunning Palm Tree Beach of Vai on the eastern coast of Lassithi, which is one of a kind in Europe.If you prefer beaches that are serene and secluded, we suggest visiting the northern Lassithi beaches Driros, Sissi, Havania, and Pachia Ammos or the southern Lassithi beaches of Agia Fotia, Xerokambos, Koutsounari, Achlia, and Lagada. Close to Vai Palm Beach on the eastern shore of Lassithi are the wonderful beaches in the Palekastro region, Itanos Beach and Kato Zakros Beach. The majority of Lassithi beaches provide beach facilities, such as tavernas, cafes, umbrellas and chaise longues, while others are fully-organized and have water sports facilities.