Lassithi Plateau and The Dikteon Cave

Lassithi Plateau and The Dikteon Cave

The Lassithi Plateau is a huge fertile plain, covering around 25,000 square kilometers, in the Diktian Mountains in the Eastern prefecture of Lassithi. Hundreds of white windmills traditionally were used to irrigate the patchwork of green and yellow fields which make up the fertile plateau, but now most lie as relics to their past. Lassithi Plateau is the highest inhabited plateau in Greece (800m).

A visit to this beautiful mountainous area should include stops at the picturesque villages of Krassi with its giant plane tree in the village square said to be the oldest tree in Crete, and Mohos where the church of the Panayia has Byzantine icons and frescoes.

The impressive Dikteon Cave (Cave of Psychro), the legendary birthplace of Zeus, is situated at a height of 1025m, west of the village of Psychro, on the side of a mountain above the beautiful plateau of Lassithi. Once inside the cave follow a steep descent of 60m to reach an underground pool and various chambers with beautiful stalactites and stalagmites.