Plateaux de Crète

Plateaux de Crète

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Le site les plateaux de Crète are the ornaments of the mountain landscape, a gift of the island?s geomorphology. Some of them are inhabited while others are devoted only to livestock rearing. What is certain is that each has its own character, nature and form. Most have supported communities since antiquity. Many played important, if often tragic, roles in the story of the struggles for liberty, becoming rebel bases of operations. In these isolated areas, the visitor comes face to face with the essence of Crete.

As a mountainous region, the island of Crete is blessed with a range of fertile plateaus. The largest of them is the plateau de LassithiOn la trouve dans la région orientale de l'île, nichée entre les terrains accidentés de l'île et de la mer. Dicte Mountains. Les visiteurs trouveront ici les Psychro Cave ou Diktaion Antron, one of the possible locations where Zeus est né. Le plus haut sommet de la région est Spathi, with an altitude of 2148.  It is one of the only plateaus on the island occupied year-round; most of the permanent population is engaged in animal rearing and agricultural professions.

Plateaux de Crète

Le site plateau d'Omalos in Chania, the most famous but not the only one with this name, is an area most visitors may get to see if they venture towards Gorges de Samaria. Located in the White Mountains range (or Lefka Ori), this is where you will find traditional stone buildings called mitata, that shepherds used in the past for protection during bad weather.

Omalos a joué un rôle majeur dans les rébellions contre les Turcs et a constitué un refuge et une base idéale pour les rebelles crétois.

In the area of Psiloritis Mountain (or Mount Ida), once a heavily forested area, we find the plateau de Nida. Its name comes from a contraction of the words ????? ???? (stiN Ida) and its history is closely linked to La mythologie grecque. This is where the Goddess Demeter fell in love with a mortal, and where Charidemos chased and caught his beloved. In recent history, Nida was used as a hideout by the rebels fighting against the German Occupation in World War II.

Let’s now explore some of the most well-known and stunning plateaus that île de Crète has to offer.