Lasithi Plateau, monastery Kera, cave of Zeus
Surely, you know the myth that the god Zeus was born on Crete. In this excursion we will visit place where it was happened and many another interesting and beautiful places.
The first stop in the Byzantine monastery of Panagia Kardiotissa or Kera, dedicated to the birthday of the Holy Virgin.
Further, on the way to the cave, we will see the amazing Plateau of Lasithi. It is one of the most beautiful areas in Crete. High up on the Dikti Mountains, it is a green, fertile valley, covering an extension of 25.000 sq. km full of cultivation of potatoes, garden and fruit products and almond trees. The spectacle of 10.000 windmills scattered throughout the area is unique.
And here we are in the cave of Zeus! The curtain-like stalactites and stalagmites is amazing. Excavations have shown that it was used as a place of worship as early as 1800 BC (devotional offerings, stone altars, stone seals and Linear A inscriptions) have been found carved into the rock fissures).
On the way back we will stop in one of the many villages of the Lassithi plateau - the village of Psychro, a famous pottery center. Here we can see a traditional potter at work.
transfer, excursion, entrance tickets (extra charge)
Entrance tickets: 6€ Zeus's Cave, 3€ Kera Monastery
take a headdress, comfortable shoes, water, a light sweater, money for lunch.