Best Places to Stay in Lassithi Crete

The county of Lassithi is situated on the east side of Crete and is considered as one of the most popular holiday destinations which caters for every type of holiday and vacation.

Hotels in Lassithi Crete

It is an area that combines the mountainous scenery with soft sandy beaches, green valleys, gorges and ravines. 3 of the major cities in Crete: Agios Nikolaos, Ierapetra and Siteia belong to the county of Lassithi, and all three are tourist centers. Although Lassithi has a distinguished cosmopolitan atmosphere, it has preserved it's natural beauty and sites such as the palm trees forest Vai, as well as many important archeological sites including the Dikteon Andron, the cave where Zeus was born.

The capital town of Lassithi is Agios Nikolaos, a very picturesque port, trading and tourist center, with a cosmopolitan atmosphere. Whilst in Agios Nikolaos, you can visit the museums and the local market for your shopping.

Some of the most picturesque sites in the region are the villages of Koutsounari, Koutsouras, Xerokampos, Palekastro, Pahia Ammos, Makrygialos, Myrtos, Kavousi, Kalamafka, Kalo Horio, Kritsa, Males, Milatos and the rich in vegetation hamlet Kato Zakros, which has many spring waters and plain trees where the gorge of the dead is also located.

This oddly named gorge is named so because during the Minoan period, the dead were buried here, as the people believed that if the dead were buried at this very beautiful place, they would continue to live here in the afterlife too. In Kato Zakros you will find the Minoan Palace with the Kings’ tombs, the 3rd largest archaeological site in Crete.

Other areas of great tourist interest are the hamlets of Agia Fotia, Ferma and Goudouras, where you will find the famous forest of palm trees Vai and the Kapsa gorge. As with other parts of Crete, Lassithi is home to some beautiful beaches that are ideal for those hot summer months. You can swim in wonderful beaches such as Kato Zakros, Mirabello, Ammoudares, Analipsi as well as the beaches eastern of Ierapetra up to Makrygialos and the islet named Nisi.

The great past and history of Crete are evident on every corner in Lassithi, as well as the rest of the island. Medieval and Ottoman structures, fortresses and castles, ancient palaces and Byzantine monasteries are all still present, completing the landscape and transferring knowledge and information from generation to generation.

When you visit Lassithi and the fabulous Cretan countryside, you will fall in love with the gorgeous natural beauty and charm that can be found everywhere. One thing we can say for sure is that you will want to come back time and time again.

There are hundreds and hundreds of beautiful hotels, villas and apartments scattered all over the Lassithi region of Crete. In resorts such as Elounda, you can find some fantastic private villas and luxury hotel complexed located close to the beach. There are lots of other lovely places all around this part of Crete that offer a great selection of accommodation for visitors.

If you are looking for something more simple, then you will easily be able to find a furnished apartment or room which will not only provide you with a bed for the night, but also facilities for preparing your own meals. Whether you are on a limited or umlimited budget you will easily be able to find the exact type of accommodation in Lassithi that you are looking for.

Destinations in Lassithi

Agios Nikolaos

Agios Nikolaos - Crete

One of the main towns of Lassithi is Agios Nikolaos and here you will find the perfect destination for your holidays in East Crete. There are some excellent beaches in the area as well as a number of ..... Agios Nikolaos Hotels


Elounda - Crete

The coastal resort of Elounda is one of the most popular in Lassithi and here you will find some stunning sandy beaches that are perfect for those hot summer months. You'll find a great selection of quality ..... Elounda Hotels


Ierapetra - Crete

Situated in the south-east part of Crete is the coastal town of Ierapetra, which attracts large numbers of visitors each year from all over the world. You'll find a good choice of beaches as well as local ..... Ierapetra Hotels


Istron - Crete

The beautiful resort of Istron in Lassithi is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the region. You'll find the Golden and Voulismas beaches here that are ideal for those hot summer afternoons ..... Istron Hotels

Makry Gialos

Makry Gialos - Crete

If you are looking for a charming coastal resort where you can unwind and escape the noise and stress of everyday city life then take a look at Makry Gialos, which is a beautiful town that offers the ultimate ..... Makry Gialos Hotels


Mochlos - Crete

Located on the north coast of eastern Crete is the lovely town of Mochlos which is an ideal destination for people who are looking for somewhere a little quieter and less busy that some of the other parts of ..... Mochlos Hotels


Palekastron - Crete

With it's impressive history and natural beauty, the village of Palekastron offers visitors the opportunity to enjoy a traditional Cretan village, as well as some of the wonderful beaches that you will find in and ..... Palekastron Hotels


Sitia - Crete

Sitia is always a popular choice for visitors to the eastern part of Crete. It has some great beaches and is a very relaxed and friendly town where you will be able to find everything you will need during your stay ..... Sitia Hotels

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