Mountain Dikti in Lassithi, Crete

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Mt Dikti is the main mountain range in Lassithi prefectute. It consists of Mt Spathi (2148 m.), Mt Afentis Hristos (2141m.) and Mt Lazaros (2085 m.). Its mass is dominating the Lassithi 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.

trekking in Lassithi Plateau

The Lassithi 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 hours 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, Dikti mountains, Crete
Mountain Spathi in the winter

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