Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Exploring Lassithi Plateau & Dikteon Cave during Lassithi Holidays

Lassithi plateau is considered to be one of the few Mediterranean regions, highlighting longtime inhabitants at a quite high altitude of over 800 meters. This prefecture of Crete covers approximately twenty five-thousand square kilometers of the whole area. People from around the world visit this place for enjoying their Lassithi Holidays with family, friends or alone.
It is a fascinating land of lush greenish and yellowish fields, surrounded by some high ranges of mountains. Windmills of picturesque and exclusive visual phenomenon are a major source of irrigation for this area that collectively makes it a perfect spot for Lassithi Holidays.
According to a number of prehistoric sites and their enriched findings in this region, Lassithi plateau is populated since the Neolithic Era. Some of the findings indicate that this plateau has been utilized for farming purposes by the Minoans and the Dorians respectively. But after the start of Venetian occupation, the Cretans were left deprived of accessing these areas.
In 1543, some of the Greek refugees from the Turkish occupied mainland migrated towards this region. They were the people who resettled this region in order to reestablish orchard and wine industry as per their desires. Around ten thousand windmills were established during the eighteenth century, but today only few of them are in use.
Similarly, some alluring sights are on offer by their white sails that attracts the attention of tourists visiting this area for their Lassithi Holidays. The concerned authorities are taking a lot more interest to restore these windmills. This concern urges them to restore the original shape of the plateau from Lassithi Holidays viewpoint.
The amazing valley of Lassithi Plateau is far cooler, especially at nights, comparative to the other sites in Crete, which provides an outstanding environment for vineyards. Due to its high level of fertility, the entire land produces a large number of fruits & vegetables. Hence, it is a great attraction for Lassithi Holidays as well as for agriculture.
Lassithi is rich in history and many visitors come here to reveal its historical background. The caves of Psychro are one of the famous historical sites in this area. They are known as ‘cult caves’, which were being utilized as part of spiritual values and exercises during the Minoan period.
There are three thousand caves in Crete. Dikteon Andron also known as Dikteon Cave is among the most famous caves in Crete. It is located quite near to the village of Psychro. According to a historic mythology, Zeus took birth in this area. He was brought up by Amaltheia and the Kouretes. Furthermore, Zeus joined this empire with Europe. Considered to be quite appealing due to its stalagmites & stalactites, the cave is dominated by silence.
Lassithi plateau provides a great essence of a variety of villages conserving their time-honored colors & style. To access this area, you can hire a car from Heraklion or Agios Nikolaos. While driving across a number of villages, you can reach another popular area, ‘Monastery of Kera.’ It is quite known for its enchanting frescoes. Apart from all this, it offers very good opportunities for enjoying great Lassithi Holidays.
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