Visit Kera Kardiotissa
On the road to Lasithi Plateau
Descent into the Dictaean Cave
Meet a potter in action
Admire Krasi village
The excursion begins with collecting the group of all explorers from their pick up points in the morning. The bus tour will then be heading towards to Kera Kardiotissa Monastery.
Kera Kardiotissa Monastery, is an Orthodox nunnery dedicated to Virgin Mary, situated near the village of Kera at an altitude of 650m. It is famous for the icon of Mary believed to be miraculous. It is surrounded by fortified walls and the church features murals dating back to 14th - 15th century.
The exploration continues with the bus heading to the Village of Psychro, where walking will be required to reach the Dictaean Cave. This part of the trip is completed by a visit to a ceramic workshop.
The Diktaean Cave is just above the village of Psychro at 1025 meters altitude. According to Greek mythology, it is believed to be the place where Zeus, the father of Greek gods, was kept and fed from Amalthia, a goat, in secret to be protected from his father. The cave for centuries was considered a sacred place of cult worship, where offerings were made and few were allowed to enter. The most impressive sight is the lake at the lowest point, surrounded by massive stalactites and stalagmites.
In the village of Psychro, a local potter is showing all steps of his ceramic art, still alive through centuries at his ceramic workshop. This is a great chance for the brave ones to give it a try.
The trip continues with the group heading to Lassithi plateau through the villages, followed by a stop at Seli Ambelou for a lunch break.
Driving around the Lassithi Plateau that lies in an area of 130 km², we are going to reach Seli Ambelou at the northern entrance of the plateau. The place is overlooking a panoramic view of the plateau. In the 1950s and 1960s the plateau was one of Europe's first wind farms. There were about 16 thousand windmills pumping the groundwater, which the inhabitants used to feed their crops.
The tour will then be heading to the village of Krasi.
Krasi, is a small traditional village located 9 km to the south of the village of Malia set on the slope of Selena mountain. In the center of the village, there is a huge ancient plane tree ("Platanus"). The leaves and the branches of the tree provide with shade all over the square in a unique and unspoiled environment. The water springs and the fountains of the village are one of the most beautiful on the island of Crete.
|09:00||-||09:50||Bus trip to Kera Kardiotissa monastery|
|09:50||-||10:30||Arrival at Kera Kardiotissa for a guided tour in the monastery|
|10:30||-||11:00||Bus trip to Dictaean Cave|
|11:00||-||12:30||Arrival at Psychro and walk to the Dictaean Cave|
|12:30||-||13:15||Visit at the pottery in the village of Psychro|
|13:15||-||13:40||Drive around Lassithi plateau|
|13:40||-||14:40||Arrival at Seli Ambellou for lunch|
|14:40||-||15:00||Bus trip to Krasi village|
|15:00||-||15:40||Arrival at Krasi. Time to visit the village|
|15:40||-||16:30||Return bus trip to resorts|
** Itinerary is subject to minor alterations depending on traffic, weather conditions or any other unpredictable circumstance.
- Light jacket as Lassithi Plateau is always cooler
- Sun protection lotion
- Sport shoes for the Diktean Cave
- In Psychro village you can purchase food and drink
- In Seli Ambelou we will have lunch break
- In Krasi village you can purchase food and drink
- No facilities are available on board of the bus
- Facilities are available in Kera monastery
- Facilities are available in Seli Ampelou
- Facilities are available in Krasi village