• Lassithi


The Lassithi region is the eastern part of Crete. It has 75,381 inhabitants, according to the 2011 census. The main town in the region is Agios Nikolaos, while other towns are Sitia and Ierapetra, the largest in southern Crete. It includes the municipalities of Agios Nikolaos, Ierapetras, the Lassithi plateau and Sitia.

Its main attractions to the many tourists who visit are the natural beauty, the historical sites and the excellent tourist infrastructure, together with the luxury resort of Elounda which has more 5* hotels than any other in Greece.

The region offers some of Crete’s most beautiful beaches, such as Vai Palmgrove, Chrissi, Voulisma, Kolokitha and Agia Fotia, while the most visited sites are Spinalonga, the archaeological sites of Zarkos and Latos, the Kales Fortress in Ierapetra, the Toplou Monastery and the church of Panagia Kera.

The local economy is based on tourism, while agriculture is also important, with the main products being olive oil, grapes, potatoes and other vegetables. In addition, the greenhouses in Ierapetra have become an important centre for exporting agricultural products.

The port of Sitia offers ferry connections to Piraeus, Heraklion and the Cyclades and Dodecanese islands, while Sitia’s airport offers connections to Athens, Heraklion, the Dodecanese, Alexandropoulis and Preveza, together with charter flights to international destinations.

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