Nissimos plateau is a relatively small and lesser-known but beautiful plateau in the municipality of Lassithi. It is located north of the settlement of Tzermiado et Plateau de Lassithi, at an altitude of 890 m.
There are no permanent residents in this area, but you may spot goat herds and shepherds during the year. However, the plateau is not known for its lush vegetation and tends to stay bare and rugged during the summer, while in the winter it is covered in snow. The route to the plateau of Nissimos is short and pleasant and starts from a dirt road at the western entrance of the settlement Tzermiado where there is a sign that directs to the church of the Holy Cross. After about 2 km uphill one reaches the Nissimos plateau.
Following the E4 Parcours européen de longue distance, one can continue towards Karfi village. Visitors will be rewarded with beautiful sprawling views of the plateau as they slowly ascend and stunning landscapes that showcase the rough beauty of île de Crète. Depuis le nord, il n'y a qu'une vingtaine de kilomètres à parcourir pour se rendre à l'aéroport. Malia, and if you prefer to drive inland from Agios Nikolaos the 40 km drive will take you through Zenia et Mesa Potami. Even though there are only a few accommodation options in the village, the tavernas and cafes are excellent and known for their local produce. During the wintertime, this is a great weekend escape for fresh air, short hikes and hearty meals. Hiking in the region is popular with birdwatchers.
The region also has an archaeological interest, with several excavations bringing to light findings from the Minoan period. Karfi is a particularly important ancient Minoan settlement north of the Nissimos plateau. The summit of Karfiou nail sur Greek, takes its name from the prominent limestone rock formation that is present at the summit. The ancient name of the location is still unknown. Karfi est également considéré comme un sanctuaire de sommet par certains archéologues. Il s'agit de lieux de rites religieux situés en altitude dans les montagnes de Crète et courants pendant la période minoenne, où l'on trouve généralement des figures d'argile animales et humaines.