We will start our excursion to Lassithi Plateau by visiting the traditional village of Mochos, on the way to the Plateau and then we will move on to visit the nuns’ historical Monastery of Kera Kardiotissa, which is located in an idyllic landscape. Here you can admire the miraculous icon of Virgin Mary, plenty of frescoes and a variety of other icons, dating back to the 14th century.
The Lassithi Plateau, our next stop, is situated 850m higher than the sea level. It is surrounded by the Dikti Mountains and 18 quaint villages, which still keep the air of another era. You can admire the remaining famous windmills and the Venetian ditches, the drainage system of the plateau. The most famous village is the village of Psychro. Here you can visit the Dicteon Cave, which is said to have been the place where Zeus, the father of the Greek ancient gods, was born. It’s a beautiful cave with stalactites and stalagmites. You will have a guided tour and learn about the myth of the place.
It is absolutely worth paying a visit to Lassinthos eco-park, where you can see how lots of Cretan products, such as honey, raki, olive oil, wine, clothes and pottery, are made.
Finally, at the end of our trip, we will stop at a picturesque local tavern in the capital of the plateau for a lovely traditional Cretan meal.