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Author: Petra

Selakano

About 20kms up from the coast lies Selakano on the southeastern part of the Dikti mountains at an altitude of 930m. Both the picturesque little village as the forested mountain area carry the name Selakano. Selakano Woods is a lush green valley and one of the most beautiful and most important surviving ecosystems of the island, and a major pine forest for the entire Mediterranean Sea. The pine forest is the most productive apiculture (beekeeping) spot in Crete. Other trees include kermes oaks, plane trees, maples, cypresses and cultivated fruit trees. The woods have many paths for excellent hiking in...

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Dorian city of Lato

Some three kilometers from Kritsá lies the ancient Dorian city of Lato. This area owes its name to the goddess Lito (or Lato) who was the mother of Apollo and Artemis. The city state was built in an naturally fortified location controlling the passage from central to eastern Crete. Lato is considered one of the best preserved Classical-Hellinistic cities in Crete. The visible remains, which are in very good state, belong to the 4th and 3rd c. BC. But from figurines and plaques that were excavated, it was discovered that building started in the 7th c BC. Late Minoan IIIC pottery that...

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Agia Fotia

The beach of Agia Fotia is, I think, one nicest beaches on southeast coast of Crete. It’s a perfect place for a relaxing beach day, or to go to cool down after visiting one of the mountain-villages or gorges in the area. Agia Fotia is a little bay at the mouth of a small stream with tamarisk and plane trees, surrounded by high cliffs. The village takes its name from the local church Agia Fotini (or Agia Fotia). The beach has grayish sand, clear, calm waters (perfect for snorkling) and sunbeds with umbrellas (for hire, in summer 6 euros...

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Lasithi Plateau

The Lasithi Plateau lies at an altitude of 850 meters, in the middle of the Dikti mountains. The shape of the Lasithi plateau is narrow from east to west, 10 km long and 4 to 5 km wide. The plateau is watered by the melting snowcaps of the Dikti Mountains that form a natural fortification around the plateau. Because of this, it was a center of resistance against the Venetians (who forbade living there for many years because of this) and against the Turkish. The surrounding high mountains make that you can enter the Plateau by two very good...

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