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Lasithi and all Crete, an excellent choice for relaxing holidays Share it on Facebook

The island of Crete is located in the center of the eastern Mediterranean at the crossroads of Africa, Asia, and Europe. It measures about 200 Km from east to west, and between 12-58 km from north to south the smallest and largest length, making it one of the largest islands in the Mediterranean sea.

knosos Crete Minoan settlements (developed between 3000 and 1100 BCE), tombs and cemeteries have been found all over Crete (See Minoan Crete archaelogical Map ) but the four principal palace sites (in order of size) were at Knossos, Phaistos, Malia and Zakros. Religion played an important role in Minoan Crete and many activities, and artistic products revolved around religious cult. As evidence in the art of the period, the Minoans deified the natural world and found in it, a logical order that allowed man to live in harmony with the natural environment. Contributed to this, the rich ecosystem of Crete.

Besides today botanical studies reveal that the island has one of the richest and most interesting ecosystems in Europe (about 1,750 plant species and subspecies), with a large number of endemic plants, ie. Plants are native only Crete, like Malotyra (siderites syrioca) and Diktamos (origanum diktamus L.) reign of the endemic flora of Crete known since ancient times for its antiseptic properties.

Apart from the historical wealth that the traveler may be privy, there are numerous beaches that visitors can enjoy and relax. Particularly in lasithi the greenest prefecture of Crete, there are dozens clean natural beaches, the most of them awarded, and several beautifull canyons.

    You should definetely visit the following:


  • Vai - The palm tree forest ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
    The beach with palm located 20 km southeast of Sitia. The name comes from the local dialect, in which the palms are called Vagies or Vagia -> Vai. This particular palm is known from the Minoan era and called palm of Theophrastus (Phoenix theophrasti). The beach stretches for less than 1km, is organized with parking, cafeteria sunbeds, tavern, shower and fine sand. Often in the summer are organized concerts
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    Vai Crete
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    Palm of Theophrastus - Vai Crete

    Vai Crete - Autumn View


  • The Long Beach ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
    The beach located 5 kilometers east of Ierapetra, near the village of Koutsounari. It stretches for 3 kilometers, so called Long beach, and viewing the Libyan Sea. All along, the beach has small pebbles, thick sand, no rocks and deep waters. In some places the beach is organized with sunbeds, umbrellas and seasports.
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    Long Beach, Spring View

    Long Beach Crete - Summer, Afternoon View
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    Long Beach Crete


  • Almiros ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
    The beach located east of the city of Saint Nicholas with an area of about 1 km. It is an organized beach with umbrellas, sunbeds, Watersports, canteen, showers, WC, changing rooms, with fine white sand and shallow waters low in salt. At one end of the beach flows the river "Almiros" (so called Almiros beach) and the waters as we approach the river become cooler
    Almiros - Agios Nikolaos Crete
    Agios Nikolaos Crete
    Almiros - Agios Nikolaos Crete
    Almiros - Agios Nikolaos Crete

    Almiros - Summer View, Afternoon


  • Istron Kalo chorio - Voulisma beach ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
    Organized beach with water sports, umbrellas, sunbeds, canteen, shower. The beach streches for about 1 km. Usually in Sundays are organized mini beach party after 7
    Istron Kalo chorio - Voulisma beach
    Istron Kalo chorio - Voulisma beach
    Istron Kalo chorio - Voulisma beach
    Istron Kalo chorio - Voulisma beach

    Voulisma Beach - Autumn View


  • Xerokambos - The physical Spa ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
    Sandy clay, ideal for natural skin care especially for women. Extends less than 1 km. It is not organized.
    Xerokampos Crete
    Xerokampos Crete
    Xerokampos Crete
    Xerokampos Crete


  • Tholos - Kavousi ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
    Located 40 km east of Saint Nicholas, one kilometers south of Kavousi where the ancient Minoan olive. (The ancient olive Azorias). The beach stretches for 1 km. It has trees, the sea is shallow, without rocks, with a pebbled beach, and also has a good shower.
    Tholos Kavousi Crete
    Tholos Kavousi Crete

    Tholos Beach - Summer View
    Tholos Kavousi Crete
    Tholos Kavousi Crete

  • Makrigialos ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
    25 km east of Ierapetra, south of Sitia, located Makrigialos beach. The beach stretches for more than 1 km. The water is shallow without rocks and with sandy coast and viewing the Libyan Sea. The beach is organized with sunbeds, umbrellas and shower. There are rooms for rent, taverns, cafes next to the sea.
    Makrigialos Crete
    Makrigialos Crete
    Makrigialos Crete
    Makrigialos Crete


  • Achlia ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
    The Achlia beach is five kilometers from Makrigialos. It streches for less than 1km. It is a beautiful bay with turquoise clear water and viewing the Libyan Sea. The shore is sandy and windless, and the landscape green and idyllic. The Achlia beach is organized with umbrellas, sunbeds, shower and a tavern.
     Achlia Crete
    Achlia Crete
    Achlia Crete
    Achlia Crete
    Achlia Crete
    Achlia Crete

  • Tertsa ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
    500 metres after Tertsa village there is a small beach which streches for 1km. It is a beautiful bay with clear water and viewing the Libyan Sea. The shore is sandy and windless. The beach is not organized.
     Tertsa Crete
    Tertsa Crete
    Tertsa Crete
    Tertsa Crete
    Tertsa Crete
    Tertsa Crete

  • Milonas WaterFall ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
    After Koutsounari a small wooden sign shows where to turn to a dirt road that leads to waterfall Milonas. It is a vertical waterfall about 40 metres height, active from December to September.
     Milonas  Crete
    Milonas gorge and Waterfall Crete
     Milonas Crete
    Milonas gorge and Waterfall Crete
    Milonas - Spring View

  • The Isthmus of Crete ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
    About 1 and a half kilometres after Prina village in Saint Nikolas there is a great view point where you can see both sides (South and North) of Crete, the Cretan Sea and the Libyan Sea.
     Isthmus of Crete
    Isthmus of Crete
    Isthmus of Crete
    Isthmus of Crete
    Isthmus of Crete - Spring View

  • Komos Beach ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
    On the way to famous Matala you will find a right turn that leads to komos beach. It streches for 3.5 km. All along, the beach has small pebbles, thick sand and deep waters. There are some sand hills, and tamarisk trees. In some places the beach is organized with sunbeds, umbrellas and showers.
     Komos Beach
    Komos Beach
     Komos Beach
    Komos Beach
    Komos Beach - Summer View

  • Diaskari Beach ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
    Less than 1Km East to Makrigialos you will find a sign for Diaskari beach. It streches for 1 km. All along, the beach has big pebbles, thin sand and deep waters. There are some tamarisk trees. In some places the beach is organized with sunbeds, umbrellas and showers.
     Diaskari Beach
    Diaskari Beach
     Diaskari Beach
    Diaskari Beach, Summer View
     Diaskari Beach
    Diaskari Beach, Summer View

  • Preveli Palm Beach ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
    The famous Palm beach of Preveli after the Gorge of Kourtaliotis, about 34 kilometres south from Rethymno . It streches for 1Km. Except the beautiful Palm forest there are some tamarisk trees. The beach has shower.
    Preveli Palm Beach Crete
    Preveli Palm Beach
    Preveli Palm Beach
    Preveli Palm Beach
    Preveli Palm Beach - Summer View

  • Plakias Beach ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
    Plakias located beach 35 km south from Rethymno.It streches for 3 km. All along, the beach has small pebbles, thin sand and deep waters. There are some tamarisk trees. The beach is organized with beach bar, sunbeds, umbrellas and showers.
     Plakias Beach
    Plakias Beach
     Plakias Beach
    Plakias Beach, Summer View
    Plakias Beach - Summer View

  • Ammoudaki Beach ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
    Some Km east from Plakias there is Ammoudaki beach. It streches for less than a 1Km. There are some tamarisk trees. The beach has shower and a well organized canteen.
    Ammoudaki Beach Crete
    Ammoudaki Beach
    Ammoudaki Beach
    Ammoudaki Beach
    Ammoudaki Beach - Summer View

  • Richtis Gorge and Waterfall ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
    About 1 Km after Exo Mouliana, on the north road to Sitia, you will find the Richtis Gorge. Its about 5Km long and leeds to a small beach. All a along there are beautifull trees, and a wonderfull waterfall.
    Richtis Gorge, Crete
    Richtis Gorge, Crete
    Richtis Gorge, Crete
    Richtis Gorge, Crete
    Richtis Waterfall - Autumn View