"Do the drive to Lasithi Plateau" Driving Tip by angiebabe
Driving, Crete Island: 14 reviews and 41 photos
I took the route on up from the market town of Neapoli set in a high valley inland, which apparently is very nontouristy, even the hotel owner told me that tourists rarely stay in Neapoli! (but its such a great hotel with great owners and a nice central spot for a few things in the area to stay - well worth at least one or two nights!) which soon begins a spectacular climb into the mountains.
Its about 20 minutes past Neapoli that you emerge high above with views to the Gulf of Mirabello and Ayios Nikolaos.
The Lasithi Plateau is very popular as a day tour - buses run around the plateau direct from Iraklion and from Ayios Nikolaos via Neapoli - but as usual I recommend taking the opportunity to drive yourself and be able to determine where you want to go and where and when you want to stop! Many come up here to not only see the many windmills but also to see the Dhiktean cave at Psykhro, which is actually the most visited village on the plateau, which is the legendary birthplace of Zeus (which didnt particularly interest me in the time that I didnt have much of!)
As I took the road back that heads down off the plateau towards Iraklion I got to see both access routes of which are both offer spectacular views.
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