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INTRODUCTION:
The prefecture of Lassithi is gifted with sheer immaculate wild beauty as well as remarkable historical and archaeological value. The innumerable traditional settlements outspread all over the impeccable natural scenery in combination with the unique mentality of the hospitable inhabitants, compose the unparalleled amalgam of excellence that the prefecture of Lassithi presents.

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LOCATION:
Lassithi is one of the four superb prefectures that compose the renowned island of Crete (Southern Greece). Located on the eastern part of the island, being the fourth consecutive prefecture, Lassithi borders with the prefecture of Heraklion. Lassithi comprises of the following four counties: Mirabello, Lassithi, Ierapetra and Sitia.
AREA:
1818 sq.km
POPULATION:
71000
CAPITAL:
Agios Nikolaos
MORPHOLOGY:
Lassithi has a unique multilateral morphology, combining infinite coasts, fertile plains as well as abrasive and mountainous landscapes.
SEASONS:
It is highly recommended that you should visit the island of Crete on the summer months, which are considered to be the high tourist season. The bland climate and the mild weather of this season render Lassithi the ideal resort for your vacations.
ATTRACTIONS:
SIGHTS:

The archaeological site of Itanos and the monastery of Toplou at the village of Vai.
The Early-Minoan cemetery and the building of the Middle-Minoan period at the village of Agia Fotia.
The Minoan town at the village of Gournia.
The Minoan Palace at the village of Zakros.
The ruins of Ancient Elounda that expand in the sea.
The fortress of Kales as well as the mosque, the church of the Metamorphosis of Christ and the churches of Panagitsa, Agios Nikolaos, Agios Ioannis, Timios Stavros and Eleoussa at the town of Ierapetra.
The ruins of the Middle-Minoan and the Post-Minoan settlement at the islet of Agios Nikolaos as well as the mass graves at the village of Mohlos.
The ruins of the Roman spa and the Early-Minoan settlement at Myrtos.
The Venetian castle of Kazarmas, the church of Agia Paraskevi and the settlement of Ancient Pressos located at the greater region of the town of Sitia.
Ancient Driros, one of the most important towns of Doric Crete situated at the town of Neapolis.
The Minoan settlement and the sanctuary of Dikteos Zeus at the region of Palekastro.

MUSEUMS:

The Archaeological and the Folklore Museum of Agios Nikolaos.
The Archaeological Collection at the town of Ierapetra.
The Archaeological Collection and the Folklore museum of Neapolis.
The Archaeological Museum of Sitia.

NATURE:

The lake in the center of the town of Agios Nikolaos.
The unique, in Europe, palm tree forest at the region of Vai.
The cave of Trapeza (Kronion), the cave of Dikteon Sink and the canyon of Havgas at Tzermiado (the upland of Lassithi).
The picturesque port with the thrifts at the town of Sitia.
At the majority of the settlements of Lassithi you can find sandy beaches, coasts with pebbles or even rocky bays.
SPORTS / RECREATION:
If you have a boat, you can wharf at the port or the marina of Agios Nikolaos, Sitia and Ierapetra, where you will be able to refuel.
ENTERTAINMENT:
At the numerous settlements of the prefecture of Lassithi, there are several taverns, restaurants, cafeterias and bars for your entertainment.
LOCAL EVENTS:
The "Lato" summer cultural events, the festival of Agios Nikolaos on December the 6th as well as the Resurrection and the burning of Judas on a stage in the center of the lake at the town of Agios Nikolaos.
The Resurrection at the monastery of Toplou at the region of Vai.
The summer cultural events and the Free - Fish Night on October at Elounda.
The festival of Metamorphosis on August the 6th at the village of Zakros.
The cultural events "Kirbia" on July or August as well as traditional festivals on August the 15th at the town of Ierapetra.
Three-day cultural events on August, the liturgy at the church of Kera on August the 15th and the festival of Metamorphosis on August the 6th at the village of Kritsa.
The festival of Panagia on August the 15th at the town of Neapolis. The cultural union of Tzermiado organizes cultural events all through the summer season.
The "Kornaria" cultural events on July or August, the festival of "Soultanina" on August and the festival of Prophet Elias on July the 20th, at the town of Sitia.
LOCAL PRODUCTS:
All over the prefecture of Lassithi, you can find aesthetic shops with several products of the famous Cretan art. At Agia Fotia you shall find honey of fine quality and at Kritsa you can find broidery, weavings, fretwork e.t.c.
MAJOR TOWNS / CITIES / VILLAGES
Agios Nikolaos
Situated on the northwestern coast of the picturesque gulf of Mirabello, Agios Nikolaos is the capital of the prefecture of Lassithi. Cosmopolitan and scenic town, Agios Nikolaos is a popular tourist center, ideal for your holidays.

Vai
Vai is an idyllic settlement that pulses with 5.000 palm trees. The extraordinary palm tree forest is a revitalizing site of unique beauty that shall surely bewitch you.

Ierapetra
Ierapetra is a city that combines modern lifestyle with picturesqueness. Gifted with several sightseeing and natural beauty, Ierapetra shall definitely enchant you.

Sitia
Amphitheatrically built on the cove of the homonymous gulf and on the slope of a hill, the most eastern city of Crete is an attractive summer resort.

Zakros
Zakros is one of the most scenic villages of the Cretan island, built on two verdant hills, full of olive groves and fruit-bearing trees. Among the hospitable settlement, the Ancient Minoan Palace dominates in majesty.

Elounda
The scenic settlement of Elounda, full of infinite beaches and verdant landscapes is the ideal resort for revitalizing and relaxing holidays, in a serene environment.

ALSO:
The island of Spinaloga
Spinaloga is an islet located at the northeastern part of the Elounda bay. Surrounded by a Venetian fortress that was built on 1584, Spinaloga is an interesting site that used to be a place of exile. You can reach the islet by trawler from Agios Nikolaos, Elounda or Plaka.
TRANSPORTATION:
BY FERRY:
From Piraeus, there are frequent timetables to Agios Nikolaos and Sitia on summer, while in winter the itineraries are more rare. The distance from Piraeus to Agios Nikolaos is 12 hours, while the distance to Sitia is 14 hours. Agios Nikolaos and Sitia are also connected to the Dodekanissa and the Cyclades islands.
Information:
Port authority of Piraeus: +30 (210) 4226000
Port authority of Agios Nikolaos: +30 (28410) 22312
Port authority of Sitia: +30 (28410) 22310
Piraeus agency: +30 (210) 4124800

BY AIRPLANE:
From the Eleftherios Venizelos airport at Spata, there are flights to the town of Sitia, all through the year. The duration of the flight is 1 hour and 25 minutes. The airport is located 2 km far from the town of Sitia.
Information:
Olympic airways of Athens: +30 (210) 9363363
Olympic airways of Sitia: +30 (28430) 22270
Airport of Sitia: +30 (28430) 24666

BY BUS:
From Thessalonica there are buses that shall transport you to Agios Nikolaos via ferry. Lassithi is also connected to the other prefectures of Crete.
Information:
Bus station of Lassithi at Thessalonica: +30 (2310) 525253
USEFUL TELEPHONE NUMBERS:
Police Department: +30 (28410) 22251
Tourist Police: +30 (28410) 26900
Traffic Police: +30 (28410) 22750
Municipality: +30 (28410) 28286
Tourism Agency: +30 (28410) 22357
Port Authority: +30 (28410) 22312
Taxi Station: +30 (28410) 24000, 24100, 22786

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