This tour will make you discover another unknown part of Crete, rich in colors and impressions. We start first with Peza Village situated at 17 km far from Heraklion, where we will visit a wine cellar and will taste the famous Cretan wine. The tour will continue east of Heraklion, in the villages.
Before the village Kritsa, we will find the monastery of Panagia Kera Kardiotissa (Holly Mother). Located in a pleasant setting, high in the mountains of Dikte, with a view of the Pediada Valley and the sea, she is a very old monastery which was in existence during the second Byzantine period (961-1204).
Inside the church are fourteenth century frescoes and old icons. The thaumaturgy icon of Virgin Mary was reputed to have been stolen in the fifteenth century and is now in the church of Saint Alfonso on Esquiline Hill in Rome and is named the Virgin of Perpetual Succor.
In the middle of the mountains, situated at a height of 820-850 meters we will find the Lassithi (Lassithi) Plateau, one of the biggest plateaus in Greece. Precipitous mountain peaks, all more than 1,000 meters high, surround it, forming a strong natural fortification that has only eight relatively accessible passes. Lassithi Plateau is well known for the thousands of white sailed windmills, 10 000 in all.
This is how the plain used to be irrigated, a scenic way of supplying water designed by Venetian engineers in 1464. Although very few windmills are in use today, it still makes a splendid sight against the mountains. We will visit also the cave Dictaion Andron , one of the most important cult places of Minoan Crete and the birthplace of Zeus according to Greek Mythology. The cave only rediscovered in 1880, contained relics from middle Minoan up to archaic times.