Lassithi Prefecture is the easternmost point of Crete. It is the last prefecture in Crete in extent and population.
Lassithi Plateau is the largest in Greece as it covers an area of 50 sq. Km. Here are the famous windmills, a trademark of the Plateau. The Mountain Dikti is also at Lassithi Plateau while on the north side of the mountain lies Dikteon Andron, one of the most important caves internationally. Dikteon Andron is a great mythological and archaeological value as, according to legend, there Rea gave birth to Zeus.
In the prefecture of Lassithi there are several luxurious hotel units, which host many celebrities from all over the world every year.
The capital of the prefecture is Agios Nikolaos. Agios Nikolaos is the meeting point of all the inhabitants of the prefecture as the heart of the fun is here. The town is built around the famous lake of Voulismeni. All the shops, cafes, bars, taverns etc are built around the lake making the scenery magical.
The city of Agios Nikolaos has decent museums such as the Archaeological Museum, the Folklore Museum and the Museum of Natural History. There are also beautiful churches and monasteries of significant historical and religious value.
The largest city of Lassithi Prefecture is Ierapetra. Sitia belongs to the same prefecture and is the birthplace of Vitsentsos Cornaros. Sitia also joins the port of Crete with the Dodecanese.
The prefecture of Lasithi also belongs to the island of Spinalonga, or “The Island of Tears“, which is a must visit when somebody visit Crete.
Elounda also belongs to the prefecture of Lassithi, very close to Agios Nikolaos and is the most cosmopolitan part of the prefecture. Here the most famous people in the world spend their holidays here during the summer.
In the prefecture of Lasithi there are beautiful beaches, other deserted and other well organized, but all with crystal clear waters. Some of them are Vai, the unique palm forest in Europe, the volcanic islet of Chrissi (or Gaidouronissi), Istros beach, Kolokytha beach, Agia Fotia beach and Itanos beach.