Lassithi is the easternmost region of Crete. Although few villages are largely developed in tourism, such as Elounda and Sissi, the rest of Lassithi remains totally off the beaten track even in high season. Holidays in Lassithi can be cosmopolitan or totally remote, depending on your preferences. A drive around will bring visitors to traditional villages, secluded beaches, impressive gorges and old monasteries. Agios Nikolaos, Sitia and Ierapetra are also tourist developed places, without losing their original character.
Magnificent beaches can be found along the coasts of Lassithi, such as the unique Vai Beach with the incredible palm forest, Istro with the picturesque surrounding, Elounda beach with view to Spinalonga islet and the exotic beaches on Chrissi islet. Lassithi beaches are magnificent, with crystal water and a relaxing atmosphere. Most organized beaches in Lassithi are found on the northern coasts, while the southern side remains more secluded.
Lassithi of today, consists of villages of true-born Cretans who retain the tradition of hospitality. It also consists of small beautiful towns with cosmopolitan character, night-life at bars and clubs as well as open-air cinemas. It holds shops with jewellery and silverware, fabulous furs and works of popular art, along with local markets offering fruits and grapes from the earth, such as bananas, oranges, melons, figs, as well as thyme honey and famous cheeses.
Lassithi, is the destination with unique beaches, some secluded, others organized and social and ideal for water skiing, sailing, wind surfing, snorkelling or underwater fishing. If you are interested in sightseeing, then you should not miss a visit to the island of Spinalonga, a strong Venetian castle and former leper colony. The Medieval Castles of Sitia and Ierapetra are nice to explore, as well as the many ancient sites you will find on your way. Have a look in our guide of Lassithi Crete and find all useful information about your vacations there. You can combine your holidays in Lassithi with visits to the other prefectures of Crete: Heraklion, Chania and Rethymno.