LASSITHI - AGHIOS NIKOLAOS
Visit this fertile green plateau in the middle of the Dicti Mountains, once peppered with thousands of white-sailed windmills, which irrigated the surrounding land.
Today, a stop at Seli Ambelou, the gateway to the plateau, gives you a spectacular panoramic view of the vast plain which produces most of the agricultural product on the local markets, and enables the surrounding traditional villages to maintain a comfortable living.
On the mountain road the pretty nunnery of Kera Kardiotissa is home to a famous icon of the Holy Mother as well as frescoes from the 13th and 14th Century. A short climb will bring you to a very special place in Greek mythology, - the Dicti cave, where Zeus, father of all the Greek gods, was born. A guided tour will take you into the heart of the mountain to uncover mythological stories of the ancient stalagmites and stalactites and let your imagination run riot.
The village of Tzermiado will the be the stop for you to have your well earned rest, and chance to lunch at one of the local taverns, before travelling through the plains' villages where time seems to have been standing still for the past 100 years.
Completing our tour will be the visit to the cosmopolitan town of Aghios Nikolaos with its unique 'bottomless' lake, picturesque harbour-side and array of shops.
It's a day full of spectacular scenery and traditional Cretan life.