Lassithi plateau – Dikti cave
Excursion to Lassithi plateau
3.000 ft up to the West slope of mt. Dicti, Lassithi Plateau – green and fertile ,irrigated by thousands of white sailed wind mills – offers a breathtaking sight. Lassithi Plateau is one of the few areas in the Mediterranean with permanent inhabitants at an altitude over 800 metres. Lassithi plateau is 11 kilometres on the east-west axis and 6 kilometres on the north-south – an area of 25 square kilometres. Have your camera loaded as there are many photo opportunities, especially early in the morning and in late afternoon.
Dikteon Andron, the cave where Zeus was born, is located here, but have shoes with a good grip with you, as the stairs leading down to the cave are quite slippery.There are many small villages on the plateau which maintain their traditional colour and character. Don’t hesitate to come out of your car and walk along the little streets. You will be rewarded with nostalgic sights of authentic farm living. Reading most tourist guides about the area, you are sure to see it described as a plateau of 10,000 windmills. There are also some old black and white photos showing thousands of windmills scattered throughout the area. Unfortunately, most of these windmills, with crude pumping engines and iron towers of simple technology, no longer exist. Originally, the locally-constructed windmills made their appearance in the valley at the end of the 1800s. During the 1950s there were about 4,000 of the structures offering invaluable assistance to local farmers. Today, with more modern means of irrigation and power supply, that number has been greatly reduced, depriving Lassithi of its unique identity. However, there is much renewed interest in the restoration of the windmills, which would bring back the picture of the Lassithi Plateau as it once was.
Our tour will start with a visit to Kera Monastery with its late Byzantine frescoes and then next step is at Psychro ,with the Dictean cave, the mythical birthplace of Zeus, an impressive sight with stalactites and stalagmites. On the way back , a short stop at the village Mohos from where one has a magnificent view on the villages of Chersonissos ,Stalis and Malia.
Prices: 30.00 (adult), 15.00 (child) Entrances: 3.00