What To Expect
Knossos, the supreme Minoan Palace, just 5 km south of Heraklion, is a sight not to be missed. There is evidence that it was inhabited during the neolithic times (6000 B.C.)
On the ruins of the neolithic settlement the first Minoan palace was built and the dynasty of King Minos ruled and it became the prosperous capital of Minoan Crete. It had multi-storeyed and had an intricate plan, which is why the Palace is connected with thrilling legends, such as the myth of the Labyrinth and the Minotaur. It was discovered in 1878 and excavated by Sir Arthur Evans to reveal the most civilized center in Europe.
Leaving Knossos, our first stop on the scenic route towards central Crete is the Monastery of "Kera Kardiotissa." It is dedicated to the Virgin Mary, and is run by nuns. Known locally as Little Lourdes, many people make pilgrimages to pray for relief from their sins.
We venture inland, driving south and up to the mountain until we reach the fertile Plateau of Lassithi, which may have been the crater of an ancient volcano. This unique place is a patchwork of green and yellow fields hemmed into the Diktean Mountains, each patchwork area irrigated by its own windmill. The Plateau is a wonderfully cool and fertile area where you will find orange groves, vineyards, small towns and a very warm welcome. Continue on, stopping in Tzermiado for lunch (not included). Afterward, we will visit the Dicti Cave, an impressive site with its stalactites and stalagmites, where Zeus, the father of the Greek gods, is said to have been born.
Crossing the villages of the plateau, we pay a short visit at a traditional potter's factory and learn about this ancient ceramic art. Admire the truly magnificent views on the way down to Pediada Plain, and complete you day with a short photo-stop.
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