Destination guide

A Cretan cocktail in Lasithi

Whatever Cretan wonder you're after, Lasithi's got the lot. Dazzling pebble coves of white stone and cerulean sea? Check. Sinewy mountains that drop to goat-trodden gorges? Check. Mystical caves and plateaus clad in olive trees? Check. The towns – chic Elounda, rustic Myrtos – offer a medley of whitewashed tavernas and seaside bars, all peppered with gorgeous Lasithi vacation rentals, some with pools, some with sea views, some surrounded by lemon orchards and olive farms. For adventure and relaxation combined, Crete's easternmost province obliges.

Things to do

Lasithi's enthralling past

Amid the rugged peaks and gorges of Lasithi lurks an enthralling past. You can hike all the way to hidden Minoan tombs in the village of Magoula, to find ancient sepulchers only recently unearthed between the almond forests and olive groves. More popular is the beautiful fortress that crowns Spinalonga Island. You'll need to pull yourself away from the shimmering beaches of Elounda to head there, but it's worth it. Its Venetian keeps and Ottoman bazaars, cacti-clad towers and rocky bays, make it a real living history museum.


Touring the untrodden isle in Lasithi

Lasithi is tucked away from the brochure-fodder resorts of Malia and Chania to the west, and promises a much more rustic, adventurous experience of Crete. Rocky donkey trails wiggle up to the mountains from the shore, an invitation for budding hikers and mountain bikers. There are verdant olive farms studding the hills, where you can taste your way through oils and breads and more. There are deep gorges for intrepid types, even laden with ancient Minoan tombs and babbling waterfalls. The coast, meanwhile, is for boating trips, snorkeling sessions and good old sunbathing.


The long Lasithi summer

Crete isn't like the rest of Greece. With its unique culture and history also comes a unique climate. The place heats up as early as May and stays warm until as late as October. Throughout those summer months, you can expect temperatures to creep over 100, which is why so many folks try to bag Lasithi vacation rentals with a pool or access to a beach. Visits in April and November, in early spring and fall, are a great idea if you're looking to dodge the crowds or hike the Cretan mountains without the heat.

Natural features

Untrodden gorges and bays in Lasithi

Lasithi is just about as rugged as it gets in Crete. Seek out Lasithi vacation rentals in the mountains and you'll be surrounded by uber-rustic hamlets and scrub-dressed hills where caves and grottoes carve the ridges. The deep Gorge of the Dead, named for its Minoan tombs, is perhaps the biggest haven for hikers – the trailheads are at little Zakros, on the east coast. Talking of coast, that wiggles from Malia's body-peppered strips all the way round to the black-sand bays of charming Myrtos. Vai and Elounda are in the middle, famed for their crystal waters and sprouting palm forests.

Can I find a vacation rental around Lasithi?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,151 vacation rentals near Lasithi. From 287 Houses to 367 Villas, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Lasithi for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Lasithi?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Lasithi. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Elounda: 442 vacation rentals
  • Agios Nikolaos Town: 913 vacation rentals
  • Sitia: 638 vacation rentals
  • Ierapetra: 673 vacation rentals
  • Makry Gialos: 231 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Lasithi! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Lasithi?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Lasithi:

  • Elounda: 442 rentals
  • Agios Nikolaos Town: 913 rentals
  • Sitia: 638 rentals
  • Ierapetra: 673 rentals
  • Makry Gialos: 231 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Lasithi?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Lasithi. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Lagada Beach: 446 rentals
  • Vai Palm Grove: 88 rentals
  • Port of Agios Nikolaos: 871 rentals
  • Ierapetra Venetian Fort: 700 rentals
  • Sissi Mini Golf: 893 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Lasithi listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.