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Attractions to See in Lassithi, Greece

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Known for its sandy beaches and mountains, Lassithi, Greece is also home to some wonderful attractions. Located on the island of Crete, this rads has some of the best things the island has to offer. Here are a few of the attractions you should see when visiting Lassithi.


Located at the northern entrance of the Lassithi Plateau, you will encounter some breathtaking windmills. These white and wooden windmills are used to irrigate the plain with groundwater during the summer months. The plain of the plateau covers about 25,000 km. These windmills date back to the Venetian times, around 1464. Locally made windmills were constructed toward the end of the 1800s. Only a few of the windmills are working today. You can get to the windmills by taking the 900 meter-high Dikean mountain pass.

Archaeological Museum

Located in the capital of Lassithi, near the sea and the port, is the Archaeological Museum of Agios Nikolaos. The museum was opened in 1970 as a place to showcase the findings of excavations around Lassithi. When visiting the museum, you will be able to view items such as knives and other tools that were found at the early Minoan cemetery, a vase that is in the form of a female figure that was found at the settlement of Myrtos, as well as jewelry, weaponry, and clay figurines. The Archaeological Museum of Agios Nikolaos is one of the most important museums in Crete.

Sea Lake

Located in Agios Nikolaos is a popular tourist attraction called Sea Lake, also known as Agios Nikolaos Lake. The lake is an idyllic spot that is said to have been where Armetis and Athena once bathed. The deep water of the lake will draw you near and the surrounding greenery and red rocks offer amazing surrounding views. Sea Lake is connected to the sea via a channel. The capital of Lassithi is built around Sea Lake. If you are visiting Lassithi with your loved one, this is the perfect spot for long, romantic walks taking in the natural beauty and colorful boats that are moored. In the area, you will find shopping, souvenir shops, and a variety of cafes.

 Kazarma Fortress

The Venetian Kazarma Fortress is located in the town of Sitia in Lassithi, Greece. The fortress, as well as other fortifications around the town, are from the end of the Byzantine Period. The Venetians used Sitia as the base for their Eastern Mediterranean Operations. The Kazarma Fortress is composed of a medieval building that is protected by large, strong walls. The fortress that sits on top of the hill had walls that extended to the sea and met another set of walls along the shoreline.

Both the fortress and the maritime walls are still in good condition and worth exploring. The fortress is open to visitors and during the summer months is flood-lit and becomes an even more popular spot with cultural events and the Kornaria Festival. The Kornaria Festival is a must-see with plays, art exhibitions, readings, concerts, and more. There are various events throughout the year that take place at the fortress.

Visit these attractions when in Lassithi, Greece. You will definitely want to visit here while on the island of Crete.

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