Our first stop is at the historical monastery of Kera Kardiotissa, inhabited and run by nuns. Here you can admire the miraculous icon of Virgin Mary, plenty of frescoes and a variety of other icons, dating back to the 14 century.
Then we head to Lasithi Plateau, which is situated 850 m. higher than the sea level. It is surrounded by the Dikti Mountains and 18 quaint villages, which still retain the atmosphere of another era. You can admire the remaining famous windmills and the Venetian ditches, the drainage system of the Plateau.
The next stop will be the village of Psychro. You can visit the Dicteon Cave with the fantastic stalactites and stalagmites, where according to the myth God Zeus was born.
Tzermiado, the capital of the villages on the plateau, will amaze you with its natural beauty, its traditional architecture and its breathtaking views. Here you can relax and enjoy your lunch in one of the local taverns.
Our last stop is at the historical monastery of Kera Kardiotissa, a monastery inhabited and run by nuns, which is located in an idyllic landscape. Here you can admire the miraculous icon of Virgin Mary, plenty of frescoes and a variety of other icons, dating back to the 14th century.
10:15 Arrival in Dicteon Cave
11:45 Departure from Cave
12:20 Departure frpm Psychro - ceramics
12:40 Arrival in Tzermiado – Time for lunch
13:40 Departure from Tzermiado
14:00 Arrival in Monastery of Kera
14:30 Departure from Monastery
16:00 Arrival Heraklion
ROUTE: 100 km
DURATION: 8 hours
STAY IN DICTEON CAVE: app. 1 ½ hours
STAY IN CERAMICS: app. 30 min.
STAY IN TZERMIADO: 1 hour
STAY IN KERA MONASTERY: ½ hour
- Entrance Dicteon Cave: 6.00 €
- Entrance Kera Monastery: 2.00 €