Lasithi prefecture

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Lasithi (Greek: Λασήθι) is a prefecture of Greece on the island of Crete. It lies east of the prefecture of Heraklion. Its capital is Agios Nikolaos, the other major tows are Ierapetra, Sitia and Neapoli. The mountains includes the Dikte to the west and the Sitia mountains to the east.

To the east of the village of Elouda lies the island of Spinalonga, formerly a Venetian fortress and a leper colony. On the foot of Mount Dikti lies the Lasithi Plateau, famous for its windmills. Vai is well-known for its date palm forest.

Lasithi attracts many tourists. Mass tourism is served by places like Vai, Agios Nikolaos and the island of Chrissi. More off-beat tourism can be found in villages on the south coast like Myrtos and Koutsouras.

There are several small islands besides Spinalonga and Chrissi: Koufonisi, Panisada, Dragonada and Pseira to name a few.

The prefecture counts a lot of ancient remains. Vasiliki, Fournu Korfi, Pyrgos, Zakros and Gournia are ruins of Minoan date, Lato and Itanos were Doric towns.

Population history

  • 1991: 70,762, density: 38.82/km²
  • 2001: 76,318, density: 41.77/km²




Municipality YPES code Seat Postal code Area code
Agios Nikolaos 3401 Agios Nikolaos 721 00 28410-2
Ierapetra 3402 Ierapetra 722 00 28420-2
Itanos 3403 Palaiokastro 723 00 28430-6
Lefki 3404 Ziros 720 56 28430-9
Makrys Gialos 3405 Koutsouras 720 55 28430-2
Neapoli 3406 Neapolis 724 00 28410-3
Oropedio Lassithiou 3407 Tzermiado 720 53 28440-2
Sitia 3408 Sitia 723 00 28430-2

See also: List of settlements in the Lasithi prefecture

External links

Geographical profile of Lasithi