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Review of Lassithi Plateau

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Owner description: This flat stretch of land high up in the mountains of Crete is rumored to be the birthplace of Zeus.
Reviewed 26 August 2018

While driving around (and probably best in private vehicle rather than tour bus), you suddenly realise that yes, there's a plain/plateau high up in the hills! You will see some windmills still present, and stone markers where lots more used to be. Lots of lovely tavernas with Cretan cuisine, and opportunity to visit cave where legend suggests birth of Zeus!

3  Thank Guest048
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Reviewed 23 August 2018 via mobile

We went here as part of a coach tour - it’s a lovely landscape and much cooler than the beaches. Would recommend

Thank Richmond0710
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Reviewed 17 August 2018

Lassithi Plateau has an incredible history. Only getting a road up into it in the 70’s, it has long served as a refuge and centre for the struggle for independence and revolution until Crete gained independence. When you arrive at the rim of the plateau near the old windimills be sure to stop and enjoy the amazing views. There is plenty of history to see –just get a map and guidebook. Don’t forget to look up also for wildlife. At the rim of the plateu you are actually quit high up and will often see eagles or other large birds soaring just over your head, which for us was exilerating. The plateau is very beautiful with all the windmills and the beautiful patchwork of fields.

2  Thank Brendan D
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Reviewed 26 July 2018

Where are the windmills? That's what a lot of people ask and that's what we asked ourselves. We haven't seen more than 15, maybe 20 windmills on all the plateau.

It seems the farmers don't use them anymore, due to modern technology. And that is something that I can understand business wise. However, I cannot understand why they don't respect their cultural heritage, especially because Cretans are so proud of their history. So unfortunate...

Besides that, the plateau is nice, but nothing spectacular. More or less, you'll see the same type of sights in other places too. Granted, it's interesting to visit it if you're not used with mountainous areas, but it is not the case for us.

All in all, if you live somewhere inland and have at least couple of hills around the Lassithi Plateau will not impress you at all. Maybe if the windmills would have been there...

Be warned: there are a lot of tourist traps in the form of shops that sell overpriced merchandise & wine / olive oil tours. Think twice before buying anything.

1  Thank TheTransylvanianCom
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Reviewed 25 June 2018 via mobile

Lassithi platuea is an incredible place and vired are outstanding. It used to be even more spectacular though when they had the 10000 wind mills on it.not quite the same without them.take care if your driving down as very steep curvy road.a must see attraction especially combining it with dikteon cave

2  Thank Gary H
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