Windmills on the Lassithi Plateau

3-Day Lassithi Plateau Traditional Experience - Greece

Prices from £98 pp

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Duration3 days / 2 nights (flexible)

LocationLassithi Plateau

Suitable for families

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Overview

Experience the more rural side of Cretan life in the Dikti Mountains and on the Lassithi Plateau. Winding roads through the mountains bring you up on to the plateau, where you can sense the tradition in every village and in the distance you see old-fashioned windmills in the fields. Around the 1950s there were more than 15,000 windmills here, making it the first wind farm in Europe.

What's included

  • Accommodation – price based on 2 people sharing
  • 2 x breakfast
  • Handy hiking app

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Tradition in the Mountains

You’ll arrive on the Lasshiti plateau today and quickly notice that the climate is a bit cooler and the pace of life slower after leaving the coast behind and taking the winding road through the Dikte Mountains. Finding yourself in the middle of Crete’s rural life, you are in a protected nature reserve where the inhabitants are fond of their old customs and traditions. Time stands still in villages like Tzermiado and Agios Georgios, where you’ll find your traditional guest house. Check in, drop your bags off and head out to one of the local restaurants for a traditional Greek feast.

two windmills on a hill

Visit to the windmills of the Lassithi plateau

Today you will explore what is thought to be first wind farm in Europe. There were once a total of about 15,000 windmills on the plain. When the Venetians inhabited the island, they decided to grow grain here. They drained the land through a smart irrigation system that also used windmills, which is how the windmill park was created over the centuries. Now there are still a number of mills from the 15th century that you can admire. Walk through the green countryside and find farmers busy on the land, with the fresh scent of the mountain air accompanying you. For avid hikers, there are various hiking routes over overgrown mountain roads.

a tree in a valley

Departure from the Lassithi plateau

You’ve now had a good amount of time enjoying the cool climate and beautiful views so can drive  back to the coast. Head to Agia Galini to relax on the beach or in the north of Crete you can enjoy the peace and quiet in the fishing village of Mochlos.

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