Touring in the Prefecture of Lasithi/Crete

By car

A1) Sitia -Vai- Kato Zakros

Take the National Road from Sitia to Vai, with its palm beach. If you are not so keen on the bustle there, you will find wonderful bays for a swim in the vicinity. Visit the basilica at Itanos and then go on to the Monastery of Toplou which is engaged in agriculture and produces excellent olive oil and good wine. Visit the Minoan town of Palaeokastro and the excavations of the Minoan palace at Kato Zakros. Those who wish to walk can go down through the Valley of the Dead.

 A2) Ayios Nikolaos - Elounda - Skinias - Neapolis

A3) Ayios Nikolaos - Sitia - Ierapetra

A4) Lasithi Plateau

W1) Valley of the Dead

A track leads from the excavations of the palace of Kato Zakro into a canyon-like ravine. Follow the path, which winds through stands of tall oleanders. In the walls of the valley you can see the numerous little grottos in which the dead were buried in the Minoan period. After about an hours walk you will have seen all that is of interest and can then turn back.