LASITHI REGION - CRETE
The prefecture of Lasithi is at the East End of Crete. It is the land of alterations. The combination of wild- mountain
beauty with green fertile valleys, along with picturesque villages and modern cities compose this unique beauty.
Lasithi is consisted of three big cities.
Agios Nikolaos, the prefecture’s capital, Lerapetra, the nymph of Libyan sea as people call it, and Sitia, with untouched – from time and human finger – beauties.
In Lasithi you will swim in beautiful beaches and visit picturesque villages. Worth visiting are Elounda, Sissi, Koutsounari, Agia Fotia, Myrto, Makrys Gialos, Palekastro and of course Vai, the only phoenix forest in Europe. Meet the unique history of Lasithi as it is revealed in the archaeological sites and monuments all around the prefecture.
The capital of Lassithi prefecture since 1904, Agios Nikolaos is a picturesque town in the eastern part of the island built on the northwest side of the peaceful bay of Mirabello. It is named after the charming 7th century Byzantine chapel of St.Nikolas, erected on the spot called "Nissi" during the 7th AD century, with its bell tower, drum and dome. The chapel has a number of well-preserved frescoes of the 19th, 10th and 11th centuries and rewards its visitors with a breathtaking view of the town and bay.
The small, especially well attended port of Agios Nikolaos, has its own charm, as it is surrounded by the picturesque tile-roofed houses and it is illuminated in the evenings by the lights of the shops and those of the "kaikis", fishing boats moored at the big dock. This is their starting point of their day trips to Spinalonga, Elounda and the picturesque Mirabello Bay.