Prefecture of Lasithi

The Prefecture extends in the north from Mallia to VAI, and in the south from Vatos to Kerokambos.


The peripheral unit Lasithi is subdivided into 4 municipalities. These are

Agios Nikolaos ( 1 ),  Ierapetra ( 2 ), Oropedio Lasithiou ( 3 ), Siteia ( 4 )






16 km to the north-west of Ayios Nikolaos.  This ancient city boasts two acropolis sites with that of a marketplace (agora) between them, a temple of Apollo and a cistern.


The city owes its name to the goddess Leto (Doric Lato), mother of the god Apollo and the goddess Artemis. The ruins of the city date from the 4th to 2nd centuries BC. In addition to their historical and archaeological worth, they offer a wonderful view out over the surrounding countryside.


This only partially excavated Minoan settlement lies 15 km to the north of Ierapetra. It flourished from around 1550 to 1450 BC. You will see the foundations of houses, streets, and the palace on a plateau. The excavation offers an excellent impression of a Minoan village. The site, which was probably destroyed by a conflagration, lies on a little hill on the Gulf of Mirabello. The remains give a picture of the life of ordinary people during Minoan times. The excavation of parts of the site took place at the beginning of the twentieth century. The foundation walls of the houses are quite well preserved. At the highest point of the hill there are the remains of a palace-like building, possibly the residence of a ruler, beside a larger, open area. The inhabitants of the settlement lived simply, and in close proximity to each other.


The remains of a large Greek and Roman city, along with the ruins of buildings dating from the Venetian and Turkish periods.


A ruined medieval village with several exquisite springs, a church and a tower.


Ruins of the well-known Dorian city.

Kato Zakros

108 km to the south-east of Ayios Nikolaos.  One of the great Minoan palaces was uncovered here. It extends over an area of 6,500 sq m and resembles the other palaces in its construction. The destruction of the palace and surrounding city has been assigned to the volcanic eruption of the island of Santorini. Zakros was an important naval and commercial centre for the Minoans, who conducted commerce with Egypt and the Near East from here. To date, country houses, shrines and cave burial sites have been discovered. The important finds are on display in Heraklion Museum.



Finds of the remains of country houses of the Minoan, Greek and Roman periods.


20 km to the east of Sitia. Remains of this important Minoan harbour city -houses, villas and streets - can be seen near the modern village of Roussolakos.

Lasithi High Plateau

At a distance of around 22 km to the east of Heraklion the road leads up to the Lasithi Plateau, at a height of 900 metres a.s.l. This is the granary of eastern Crete. Its landmarks are its picturesque windmills which once provided the water supply of the plateau. They still turn today, but only for the tourists. Take a round trip through this beautiful Cretan landscape and enjoy local specialities, direct from the producer.

Palm beach at Vai

Around 26 km north-east of Sitia. You will find a unique forest of palm trees here.  The sea is turquoise blue with beaches of fine sand. The Cretan bananas also grow here


An important Minoan harbour. Remains of a Minoan settlement on the little island offshore and in the vicinity of Mochlos. 




Archaeological Collection: Finds dating from the Minoan periods, and coins.


Agios Nikolaos

Archaeological Museum, open daily 8.30 a.m. - 3.00 p.m. Closed on Mondays.

Museum of Folklore

Art Gallery 



Churches and Monasteries

Panayia Kera

near the village of Kritsa, around 9 km west of Ayios Nikolaos. Richly decorated with frescoes dating from the 14th and 15th centuries. A monument of great rarity.

Moni Toplou

18 km to the east of Sitia. Of importance here are an inscription dating from the 2nd century BC and an icon by Ioannis Kornaros, the well-known Cretan icon painter. The monastery is famous today for its excellent agricultural products such as wine, olive oil etc.

Moni Kapsa

around 4 km south of Sitia.

Aretiou Monastery



Agios Fokas, Vrahassi




This rocky island is located at the entrance to the Bay of Elounda.  It is surely the best-known island in the whole of Crete. Here, in 1579, the foundation stone for one of the strongest fortresses was laid by the Venetian Luca Michiel. Later on, the island was used for quarantine purposes.


A small island in the north of the Prefecture. The remains of a Minoan settlement can be seen here.


A small island off Ierapetra, with beautiful sandy beaches and forests of juniper.  Boat connection from Ierapetra.


A small island in the south of the Prefecture. The ruins of a Greek and Roman city can be seen there

Michalis Avgoustinakis 6976 683166 organises tranfers from Makrigialos

Gaidouronissi withwonderful beaches