The seductive land
At the crossroads of three continents, Crete, an island of mythical kings and gods, renowned for its rich historical tapestry and civilization, its generous hospitality, its outstanding culinary trail, its time honoured musical and dancing tradition and it’s unique culture and heritage, will captivate your soul!
Lasithi, the easternmost prefecture, is a land of awe-inspiring sceneries, completely different from the rest of Crete.
Characterized as one of the most beautiful cities of Crete, Agios Nikolaos, the capital of Lasithi, dominates the picturesque bay of Mirabello. It is a seductive city where history and tradition blend harmonically with the unique natural beauties taking you back to another era.
Spreading around the bay of Mirabello, the village of Elounda is considered to be one of the most beautiful villages of the island and the top favorite destination for world leaders, royalties and celebrities alike. With a starting point of Elounda, you can visit the charming village of Pines with spectacular views and the island of Spinalonga.
Lasithi’s uniqueness lies on its untouched nature with verdant valleys and deep gorges between wild rocky mountains, secret caves, and an endless coastline dotted with ancient archaeological sites, castles, fortresses and churches along the way.
The beautiful Gulf of Mirabello, the renowned palm forest of Vai, the windmills on the Plateau of Lasithi, the exotic island of Chryssi and the fortress of Spinalonga will captivate your mind and soul!
Lasithi is located in the easternmost part of Crete. Its climate is a typical Mediterranean climate with hot and sunny summers and mild winters with moderate rainfalls and cold. Especially in August, strong southern winds, called Meltemia, that make it difficult to access by boat the islets at the north, such as Chrisi Islet.
The national prefix for Greece is +30 if you are calling from abroad. All numbers in the capital Athens start with the prefix 210 and are followed by 7 digits (e.g. 210-3227400). The Area Code for Agios Nikolaos is +30 28410, for Ierapetra +30 28420 and for Sitia +30 28430. If you wish to call abroad, you have to start by dialing the other country’s national prefix (i.e. 0049 for Germany, 0044 for England etc.) and continue with the area code and the number where you wish to call.
Euro € It is not always easy to receive change for 200 and 500 Euro Notes.
The airport of Sitia is connected with Athens airport and also with Rhodes, Karpathos and Kasos islands. You can also catch a flight to Heraklion and then take the long distance bus (KTEL) to Lasithi (about 65km).
- Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos: www.aia.gr
- Sitia Airport: +30 28430 24424
- Olympic Airways: For accurate timetable and ticket costs visit Olympic Air website www.olympicair.com Athens Office: +30 210 355 0500, 8018010101
- Aegean Air: For accurate timetable and ticket costs visit Aegean Air website www.aegeanair.com Tel.: 801 112 0000/+30 210 6261000
The port of Piraeus is connected with the port of Agios Nikolaos and the port of Sitia via Milos and Santorini in Cyclades. The trip lasts about 12-18 hours but the itineraries are subject to changes each year. There is also the option to travel from Piraeus to the port of Heraklion, since there are frequent routes and the trip is much shorter (about 6.5 hours). From there you can travel to Agios Nikolaos by a long distance bus or private vehicle.
- Minoan Lines: For accurate timetables and ticket costs visit Minoan Lines website: www.minoan.gr Tel.: +30 210 3376910 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Anek Lines: For accurate timetables and ticket costs visit Anek Lines website www.anek.gr Tel.: +30 210 4197470 E-mail: email@example.com
- Aegeonpelagos: For accurate timetables and ticket costs visit Aegeon Pelagos Lines online booking engine: booking.aegeonpelagos.gr
- Piraeus Port Authority: +30 210 42 26000
- Agios Nikolaos Port Authority: +30 28410 90108
- Ierapetra Port Authority: +30 28420 22294
- Sitia Port Authority: +30 28430 22310
The long distance bus service (KTEL) is connecting the three major towns of Lasithi between them and with the city of Heraklion. From the central stations, KTEL busses reach various villages and settlements too.
- KTEL Agios Nikolaos Tel: +30 28410 22234
- KTEL Ierapetra Tel: +30 28420 28237
- KTEL Sitia Tel: +30 28430 22272
- Agios Nikolaos: +30 28410 24000
- Ierapetra: +30 28420 26600
- Sitia: +30 28430 22700
Rent a Car / Motorbike
Crete is ideal for renting a car or a motorbike. The routes are unique and the landscape can change quickly from seascape to mountainous sceneries and from landscapes with lush vegetation to bare, lunar landscapes. However you must pay attention because, except for the National highway, the roads are usually narrow, winding and not well maintained.
Banks and ATMs
In the three major towns of Lasithi you will find branches of almost all Greek banks. ATMs are more usual in smaller settlements too.
Banks exchange all major currencies, traveler’s cheques or Eurocheques. Post offices exchange cash, but not traveler’s cheques, and usually charge lower commissions than banks. Travel agencies and larger hotels exchange cash and traveler’s cheques but usually charge a higher commission. Credit cards are widely accepted in shops and restaurants, however, in local cafes, especially in villages you will most probably have to pay only in cash.
The Greek post office is called ELTA. Post Boxes in Greece are YELLOW for normal post, usually with 2 slots for INTERNAL POST (meaning inside Greece) and post for ABROAD. RED Post Boxes are rarer and they are used for URGENT mail. REGISTERED mail is always handled and given a receipt for at the POST OFFICE.
- Post Office in Agios Nikolaos Tel. no: +30 28410 3744
- Post Office in Elounda Tel. no: +30 28410 41312
- Post Office in Ierapetra Tel. no: +30 28420 22271
- Post Office in Sitia Tel. no: +30 28430 22283
- Agios Nokolaos Police Station. Tel.: +30 28410 91406
- Ierapetra Police Station. Tel.: +30 28420 90160
- Sitia Police Station. Tel.: +30 28430 22259
Municipality of Agios Nikolaos
Municipal Tourist Information Office of Agios Nikolaos
- Tel.: +30 28410 22357
- E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Municipality of Ierapetra
- Tel.: +30 28423 40300
- Website: www.ierapetra.gr
Municipality of Sitia
- Tel.: +30 2843340513
- Tourist Police: 171
- Elpa (Car breakdown tourist information service): 174
International Press can be found easily in the three major towns of Lasithi. So we suggest that you get supplied with your favorite newspaper or magazine from there in order to avoid being left without during your excursions, even though international press could be found in smaller tourist settlements throughout the prefecture.
- Police: 100
- Fire Department: 199
- Ambulance: 166
A central hospital is found in any of the three major towns of Lasithi.
- Agios Nikolaos General Hospital: +30 2841066000
- Sitia Hospital: +30 28433 40100
- Ierapetra Hospital: +30 28420 90222
In every town and big settlement you can find at least one pharmacy. Pharmacists are highly trained and well-qualified to deal with the majority of minor medical complaints. The opening hours are listed at the front door or the windows of each Pharmacy.