Lasithi

The prefecture of Lasithi is at the easternmost end of Crete and is the less populated prefecture. It borders on the north by the Cretan sea, on the south by the Libyan Sea and on the east by the Carpathian Sea.

The capital of the prefecture is the picturesque Agios Nikolaos, while on the west bordering the prefecture of Heraklion, with a natural boundary, Dikti mountain range.

The history of Lasithi is identical to the history of the whole island of Crete. This eastern part was important during the prehistoric period, as in Kato Zakros there was the very important Minoan palace, another example of this great civilization that flourished between the 3rd and 2nd millennium BC.

Besides the Minoan palace mentioned above, the visitor in the Prefecture of Lasithi can admire, the palm forest of Vai, which is near Palaiokastro, while he can visit the Elounda bay and the martyr island of Spinalonga, which was the place of residence and care of people with Hansen’s disease until the mid-1950s.

The economy of the island, as expected due to it is natural beauty, is largely based on tourism, while the cultivation of agricultural products with main commodities the olive oil and the green groceries, contributes significantly to the development of the local economy. Particularly Sitia’s olive oil is widely known for its excellent quality and taste.

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