Mountain Dikti in Lassithi, Hiking in East Crete
Mt Dikti is the main mountain range in Lasithi prefectute.
It consists of Mt Spathi (2148 m.), Mt Afentis Hristos (2141m.)
and Mt Lazaros (2085 m.). Its mass is dominating the Lasithi
Plateau, the largest and prettier plateau in Crete. It is a place
with a long history. Here is the Diktaion Antron, a cave where
-according to the Mythology- Zeus was born. There is a different
myth that claims the birth of Dias (Zeus) in Idaion Antron in Mt Idi.
Athird myth is in the middle, claiming that Zeus was born in Diktaion
Antron but raised in Idaion.
The Lasithi Plateau is a nice place for a pleasant excursion.
If you are more ambitious and want to climb to the summit of Mt Spathi,
then ask at the village of Agios Georgios for the path leading to the
small plateau of Limnakaro. The distance is 2 hrs long. At Limnakaro
there is a dirt track leading to the shelter of the Mountaineering Club
of Lassithi (30 minutes). Do not follow this road; try to locate the E4
path which leads up. The ground is not very solid, so take care. Go all
the way up to the crest of the mountain and then keep moving to the left
for the next 2 hours.
Mt Spathi is also a place suitable for rock (10-15 pitches)
and ice climbing.
Mountain Spathi in the winter