Holidays in Lasithi Crete island Greece. Vacations Greek islands.
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Holidays in Lasithi

Charming Lasithi unfolds in the eastern part of Crete, reserving countless surprises to the visitor. On the numerous beautiful "corners" of the county, Agios Nikolaos, Sitia and Ierapetra are included.

 

Capital of Lasithi Prefecture is Agios Nikolaos; the cosmopolitan city with diffuse aristocratic aura, which is perched in the arms of a picturesque bay. Elegant neoclassical buildings, beautiful squares, numerous shops, restaurants and taverns, and cosmopolitan beaches compose the profile of Lasithi. Its trademark is the fabulous Voulismeni Lake; the motionless waters, the fishing boats and the green hills which surround it, create a picture of unparalleled beauty! You can follow the paved path which stretches at the south point of the lake and leads to a small pine park, ideal for relaxation and tranquility. From there, you can enjoy the panoramic view of the city. You can also walk at the paved 28, October street, where you will find many shops. Of great interest is also Nearchos square, with mosaic sea patterns. Amongst the major local attractions the Archaeological and Folklore Museum are included. During your stay in Agios Nikolaos, do not forget to visit Spinalonga Island by boat and walk through the ruined buildings, which will take you back to the turbulent history of this small island.

 

The picturesque and welcoming Sitia, homeland of Vitsentzos Kornaros; a Greek famous poet, is built on a hillside and is recommended for those who prefer quieter and relaxed holidays. Reference point is the port of the city. The promenade with palm trees is ideal for romantic walks, especially at full moon nights. There, you will find taverns and café/bars. It is worth walking in the narrow streets of the Old Town, with its traditional houses and flowery gardens. Major attractions are the Castle of Kazarma, the Archaeological Museum of Sitia, the Folklore Museum and the Platyskinos Vaulted Tomb. During your stay in Sitia, you can visit the Archaeological Site of Trypitos, which lies on a small peninsula, east of the city and is thought to be the ancient town of Sitia (Eteia). Of great interest is the Prehistoric Necropolis in Agia Fotia. During your stay in Sitia, do not miss the famous palm forest in Vai; one of the most beautiful sights of Crete!

 

Touristic Ierapetra is the southernmost city of Greece and unfolds across the African coast. Benchmark of this sunny city is the coastal road, which, after its reconstruction is ideal for relaxing walks, tasting local delicacies or drinking raki overlooking the sea. Trademark of Ierapetra is the fortress in Kales, which dominates the entrance of the harbor, and is used today as a venue for cultural events. The fort is an ideal spot for romantic walks, especially during sunset time. Visit the building of the old Ottoman School, which houses the Archaeological Collection of Ierapetra. Do not forget to visit the small, old town, in Kato Mera. Walk on the quiet, picturesque alleyways and shop handmade souvenirs from the traditional outdoor workshops. Major attractions in this old city are Napoleon house, the Mosque, the Ottoman Fountain and the Old Church of Afentis Chirstos (Lord Christ). Ierapetra is famous for its vivid nightlife. Reference points are the taverns on the beach and the bars located in the streets of the city. During summer months, Ierapetra hosts Kyrveia cultural events. Finally, the city is an ideal base for those wishing to explore the south coast of Crete and enjoy the charm of the Libyan Sea.

 

The seductive Lasithi, this Cretan area, which is lazily perched at the southernmost point of Greece, is waiting to take you to a world of unique and unusual experiences!

 

Lasithi Map Greece Crete island

Beaches 

The Prefecture of Lasithi offers countless beaches options. The northern shores are washed by the Cretan Sea, the eastern shores by the Carpathian and the southern by the Libyan one It is worth exploring them and indulging in a magical journey which promises endless images alternations!

In Agios Nikolaos you will find numerous, mainly sandy, beaches. One option is the popular and organized beach of Kitroplateia. In EOT beach, you will find sports facilities. The water sports enthusiasts can choose between the beaches of Ammos and Ammoudi. Within walking distance from the city lies Havania beach while Almyros unfolds in a green environment; the famous, organized Amoudara beach is ideal for families with children. Another option is the lively and organized beach of Elounda. On Dreros beach you will have the opportunity to enjoy stunning views of Spinalonga Island. Equally beautiful is the beach of Plaka, which also offers great views. In Kalo Chorio you will find beautiful beaches, such as the desert Karavostasi and Agios Panteleimon beaches; surfers favorite. Halfway from Agios Nikolaos to Sitia, there is the least known Tholos beach, with the beautiful waters.

In the town of Sitia you will find an extensive beach with shallow waters, ideal for those wishing to avoid traveling. The beach has organized as well as free sections. East of Sitia, there is Agia Fotia, where the homonymous chapel dominates. The beach is exposed to winds and, therefore, there is hardly ever calm. West of Sitia, the beach of Agioi Pantes unfolds. You can get there by following a beautiful trail, surrounded by plane trees. The formations at the exit of the homonymous gorge, looking like mushrooms, will certainly attract your attention! Alongside the canyon unfolds another one, which leads to the verdant, neighboring Platani beach; ideal for tranquility and isolation lovers. If you are experienced surfers, you will love Papadiokampos beach. At short distance, east of Sitia, the tropical palm beach of Vai unfolds. If you love touring, you can go up to the observatory and enjoy the panoramic views of this magnificent forest.

Ierapetra is famous for its beaches with crystal clear waters. Within the city, you will find the organized Limanakia and Apovathra beaches; ideal for lovers of water sports; and the extensive beach of Agios Andreas. East of Ierapetra, there is the organized Katharades beach with cold and deep waters. East of the city, the peaceful Megali Paralia of Agios Ioannis Beach, which has organized sections, unfolds. In the eastern part of the beach, Psaropoula Creek is formed. Following, there is an organized hotel beach, known as Despotis Villa. There, you will find rocks, ideal for diving. West of Ierapetra, Ammoudares beach; ideal for the lovers of tranquility, unfolds. Those who love secluded beaches will prefer the beautiful Kalamaki or Kapelas beach. West of Ierapetra, there is the beach of Gra Lygia with organized sections and water which deepens abruptly. Do not miss the exotic Chrysi Beach, located in the tiny, neighbouring island of Gaidouronisi; the golden sand and the amazing turquoise waters which unfold in front of the rare cedar forest of the island, create a unique paradise on earth!

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Visiting

- The Horn of Plenty

 

- Kritsa Village

 

- The Ancient City of Lato

 

- Kalo Chorio Village

 

- Elounda Village

 

- The Minoan Settlement in Petra

 

- The Tower of Zou

 

- The Palace of Zakros

 

- Toplou Castle-Monastery

 

- Papadiokampos Fisherman House

 

- Liopetro Fortress in Hamezi

 

- Vainia Tower

 

- Bramnianon Lake

 

- Paplinos Panagia Monastery in Ierapetra

 

- The Ancient Fishponds in Vothonos

 

- Mylonas Gorge

 

- The Folklore Collection in Ierapetra

 

- The Minoan settlement in Vassiliki

 

- The Monastery of Panagia Faneromeni at Gournia

 

- Koufonissi of Lasithi

Tasting

- Local Wine

 

- Xygalo Milk

 

- Olive Oil

 

- Honey

Useful Information 

How to get there

Travelling by plane

The fastest way to get to Agios Nikolaos of Crete, and generally to the prefecture of Lassithi, is to fly there. Heraklion International Airport receives daily flights from Athens, Thessaloniki, as well as from many European cities such as Marseille, Frankfurt, Munich, Düsseldorf, Glasgow, London, Rome, Milan, Paphos, Oslo, Eidhoven and Stockholm.

For more information click here.

 

Travelling by boat

You can also reach Agios Nikolaos by boat from the port of Piraeus via the port of Heraklion, on the ships of Minoan Lines and Blue Star Ferries, as well as via the port of Sitia on the ships of ANEK Lines.

For more information on the routes check the web sites of the companies:

 

http://www.minoan.gr/

 

http://web.anek.gr/portal/page/portal/ANEK_prod

 

http://www.bluestarferries.gr/

 

 

Transfer within Lasithi

To travel from the prefecture of Lasithi to Heraklion, Rethymnon and Chania you can use the KTEL Bus (Intercity Bus).

For more information on the bus routes from Heraklion to Lassithi click here.

 

Medical Care

During your stay in Lasithi, you can be served for health issues:

 

General Hospital of Agios Nikolaos, which is located at the streets of Kon. Palaiologos & Knossos in Agios Nikolaos, Tel: (+30) 28413 40900, 43000

 

Hospital of Ierapetra, which is located at 6, Kalimeraki street in Ierapetra, Tel: (+30) 28423 40122, 28420 40000

 

General Hospital of Sitia which is located at 3, Kapetan Papadaki street in the area of Xerokamares, Tel: (+30) 28433 40100

 

Also you can be served for health issues at Health Centers or Regional Clinics in:

 

 

Agios Nikolaos

Health Center of Elounda: (+30) 28410 41563

 

Health Center of Neapoli: (+30) 28413 40801

 

 

Ierapetra

Community Clinic of Kato Chorio: (+30) 28420 31203

 

Community Clinic of Mala: (+30) 28420 91203

 

Community Clinic of Myrtos: (+30) 28420 51222

 

Community Clinic of Schoinokapsaloi: (+30) 28420 71222

 

 

Sitia

Community Clinic of Agios Stefanos: (+30) 28430 51090

 

Community Clinic of Exo Moulianoi: (+30) 28430 95266

 

Community Clinic of Zakros: (+30) 28430 93265

 

Community Clinic of Κarydi: (+30) 28430 22710

 

Community Clinic of Stavrochori: (+30) 28430 51134

 

Community Clinic of Τourlotis: (+30) 28430 94300

 

 

Tzermiado

Health Center of Τzermiado: (+30) 28440 22602

 

Health Center of Agios Georgios: (+30) 28440 31205

 

Health Center of Psichros: (+30) 28440 31100

Useful phone numbers

Agios Nikolaos - Neapoli

Agios Nikolaos Port Authority: (+30) 28410 22312

 

Police Station of Agios Nikolaos: (+30) 28410 91402

 

Police Station of Neapoli: (+30) 28410 90813

 

General Hospital of Agios Nikolaos: (+30) 28413 40900, 43000

 

Health Center of Εlounda: (+30) 28410 41563

 

Health Center of Neapoli: (+30) 28413 40801

 

Intercity Bus of Heraklion - Lasithi (Agios Nikolaos Station): (+30) 28410 22234

 

Intercity Bus of Heraklion - Lasithi (Neapolis Station): (+30) 28410 32224

 

 

Ierapetra

Ierapetras Port Authority: (+30) 28410 22294

 

Police Station of Ierapetra: (+30) 28420 90173

 

Fire Department of Ierapetra: 28420 80173

 

Hospital of Ierapetra: (+30) 28423 40122, 28420 40000

 

Community Clinic of Kato Chorio: (+30) 28420 31203

 

Community Clinic of Mala: (+30) 28420 91203

 

Community Clinic of Myrtos: (+30) 28420 51222

 

Community Clinic of Schoinokapsaloi: (+30) 28420 71222

 

 

Sitia

Sitias Port Authority: (+30) 28430 22310

 

Police Station of Sitia: (+30) 28430 22259

 

Fire Department of Sitia: 28430 26311

 

General Hospital of Sitia: (+30) 28433 40100

 

Community Clinic of Agios Stefanos: (+30) 28430 51090

 

Community Clinic of Exo Moulianoi: (+30) 28430 95266

 

Community Clinic of Zakros: (+30) 28430 93265

 

Community Clinic of Karydi: (+30) 28430 22710

 

Community Clinic of Stavrochori: (+30) 28430 51134

 

Community Clinic of Τourlotis: (+30) 28430 94300

 

 

Tzermiado

Fire Department of Tzermiado: 28440 22208

 

Health Center of Tzermiado: (+30) 28440 22602

 

Health Center of Agios Georgios: (+30) 28440 31205

 

Health Center of Psychros: (+30) 28440 31100

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