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Periphery: Crete
Prefectures : Chania , Heraklion, Lasithi , Rethymno

Lasithi Lasithi

Lasithi is a prefecture of Greece on the island of Crete. It lies east of the prefecture of Heraklion. Its capital is Agios Nikolaos, the other major tows are Ierapetra, Sitia and Neapoli.

To the east of the village of Elounda lies the island of Spinalonga, formerly a Venetian fortress and a leper colony. On the foot of Mount Dikti lies the Lasithi Plateau, famous for its windmills (now most replaced by pumps). Vai is well-known for its datepalm forest.

Lasithi Plateau, View from the Cave of Zeus

Lasithi Plateau

Stirrup Vase Late Minoan I Style , Gournia


Kato Zakros Remains of a Minoan Palace [Source]

Lato, Click image to enlarge

Lasithi attracts many tourists. Mass tourism is served by places like Vai, Agios Nikolaos and the island of Chrissi. More off-beat tourism can be found in villages on the south coast like Myrtos and Koutsouras.

Vai Beach

The prefecture counts a lot of ancient remains. Vasiliki, Fournu Korfi, Pyrgos, Zakros and Gournia are ruins of Minoan date, Lato and Itanos were Doric towns.

Chamaizi House (old plan of St. Xanthoudides), Lasithi 2100/ 2000 BC

Magasa House

Population history

  • 1991: 70,762, density: 38.82/km²
  • 2001: 76,318, density: 41.77/km²


  • GR-90/E65, NW, Cen., E, NE
  • GR-99, Cen., S

Panagia Kera Church, Kritsa, with frescoes from the 13th century, Photo Gerd A.T. Müller

Lasithi, Greece

Periphery: Crete
Capital: Agios Nikolaos
Area: 1,823 km² Ranked 37th
Elevation: Lowest: Aegean Sea
Inhabitants: 77,917 Ranked 38th
Population density: 41.77/km²
ISO 3166-2: GR-92
FIPS code: GR46
Car designation: AN (Agios Nikolaos)
Number of provinces: 5
Number of municipalities: 8
Number of communities: none
Area/distance code: 284x0
Postal code 720 xx
2-letter abbreviation/HASC: LT
Municipality YPES code Seat Postal code Area code
Agios Nikolaos 3401 Agios Nikolaos 721 00 28410-2
Ierapetra 3402 Ierapetra 722 00 28420-2
Itanos 3403 Palaiokastro 723 00 28430-6
Lefki 3404 Ziros 720 56 28430-9
Makrys Gialos 3405 Koutsouras 720 55 28430-2
Neapoli 3406 Neapoli 724 00 28410-3
Oropedio Lasithiou 3407 Tzermiado 720 53 28440-2
Sitia 3408 Sitia 723 00 28430-2



Lasithi Images

Map of Minoan Crete

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