Depart on a scenic drive from the Venetian fortress-dominated harbour of Heraklion and climb from the coast to the Lassithi Plateau located approximately 2700 feet above sea level. Surrounded by mountains, the Plateau is home to ancient monasteries, traditional small villages and over 10,000 magnificent, self-driven windmills, which dot the landscape.
Visit the historical monastery of Kera Kardiotissa that is dedicated to the Virgin Mary and is renowned for its Byzantine icons, 14th century frescoes and carved altar screens. The Monestary offers sweeping views of Mount Dikte, the Pediada Valley and the sea.
The ‘Lassinthos Eco-Park’ seeks to preserve Crete’s traditions and culture and provides the opportunity for you to watch local artisans practicing their traditional crafts. Women weave blankets and rugs on an old loom while a candle maker crafts candles for a village church. Visit the wine press, dairy and plant workshop before viewing the small menagerie, which includes peacocks, grouse, ostrich, deer and Crete’s native goat, the Kri-Kri. Free time will be given for you to browse in the small souvenir shop or purchase refreshments from the café at the Eco-park.
This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There are a few hairpin bends on the journey to the Plateau and approximately 15 steps at the entrance to the Monastery. The Monastery does not allow flash photography and guests are advised to dress conservatively. Shorts are not permitted and women must cover their shoulders.