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.
your camera loaded as there are many photo opportunities,
especially early in the morning and in late afternoon.
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.
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.
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.
the Lassithi Plateau and heading towards Heraklion,
there's an area just before the village of Kera where 24
stone flour mills dating back to the 1800s once stood. They
operated until the end of WWII, but today most are in various
stages of ruin, with only three restored so far.
this area is the Kera Monastery, famous for its beautiful
frescoes. Anyway, they're both worth a look-see if you have
the time. And, if you're hungry, you'll have to try Mrs.
Marazaki's classic Cretan omelette, a tradition in its own
right, at her family's taverna in Kera village.