Matala, the hippy sandstone caves on the Libyan Sea. Location of Matala From the Palace of Festos there is a turn-off to Matala, which is 7 miles away. Before you reach Pitsidia after 4 miles and after another mile you will notice a dirt road which leads to the right to Kommos, the old port of Festos. This settlement flourished from the Neopalatial period to the Romans. During the excavations, a sacred complex with surrounding buildings were discovered, which dates back to the 1st century AD. The buildings in the southwest were probably warehouses or port facilities. 7 miles further… learn more

Havga Canyon

View from inside the Havga canyon

Havga Canyon on Lasithi Plateau. The Havga Canyon on the Lasithi Plateau is in contrast to the Ha Gorge easy to commit. Many years ago, the nearly 2,950ft high Lasithi Plateau was mainly known for its picturesque windmills. After the sails have disappeared at the old windmills and the electricity has taken over the water pumping, on the agriculturally important plateau above just the Zeus cave at Psichro is the tourists magnet. In the heat of the high season countless bus tourists arrive here every day. Not too far away, to the east, by the water reservoirs behind Agios Georgios,… learn more

Aghios Nikolaos

Lake Voulismeni

Aghios Nikolaos, the capital of the prefecture Lasithi. History of Aghios Nikolaos Aghios Nikolaos (called Ag Nik by many British) is a nice city on the Gulf of Merabellou having a mild, dry conditions; it been the main city of the Prefecture of Lasi­thiou since 1904. Previously, it had been a tiny fishing settlement known as Mandraki. The raise of the village started in 1869 when it was colonized by families from Kritsa, Sfakia and elsewhere, achieving its existing advanced level with the support of tourism, having turn out to be probably the most remarkably established tourist towns with many… learn more



Lato, the best preserved mountain city of the Dorians on Crete. Location and history of Lato Just outside Kritsa, there is an asphalt road for about 2 1/2 miles to the archaeological site of Lato. Alternatively, the village of Chamilion, 2 1/2 miles west of Aghios Nikolaos on the signpost road to the Lasithi Plateau (and can be reached by bus or hired car), one can take a one hour hike in beautiful countryside along the signs to Lato. Lato was originally founded by the Dorians and existed until the classical age. The ruins are not much visited, as tourists… learn more