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 and Lassithi Plateau, at an altitude of 890 m.
Niatos is a small plateau at an altitude of 1,200 meters and is a polje, like most of the plateaus of Crete.
Limnakaro is a small but wonderful plateau at an altitude of 1150 m, known mainly to climbers and adventure enthusiasts.
The plateau of Katharo (meaning “clean” in Greek), is located at an altitude of 1150 m, in Lassithi, in eastern Crete. To its southwest rear the high peaks of the Lassithi mountains. It is linked geomorphologically and hydraulically with the main and lower Lassithi plain through the Havga gorge which for most of the time runs like a torrent.
Kallikratis is a small plateau, named after the village of the same name, located in the White Mountains in Sfakia province, at an elevation of some 540 m.
The plateau of Anopolis is just 13 km from Chora Sfakion. A winding road climbs the bare mountains, offering extensive views out towards the little island of Gavdos; it ends in a pine-covered plain. Anopolis was an important settlement; the area and village are named after the ancient city of the same name.
The Omalos Plateau of Viannos is located at the south-east Dikti range around a cluster of enclosed basin-like plains and is the largest of the lot.
Omalos Plateau is located at the White Mountains range and is one of the great plateaus of Crete. An irregular circle, a polje (a large, flat plain found in limestone karst regions), of some 6 sq km, it is surrounded by peaks – Koukoule (1640 m) to the east, Gigilos (2005 m), Volakia (2117 m), and Psilafi (1936 m) to the south, with Trouli (1455 m) west and Katrinari (1318 m) to the north. The north region, called Lakkiotikos Gyros,…
At an altitude of 850 m, the Lasithi Plateau is the largest mountain plain in Crete – and the only one occupied all year-round. Roughly ovoid, it runs some 11 km east-west and 6 km north-south. Surrounding it are the peaks Selena (1559 m) at the north, Afendi (1588 m) and Louloudaki (1163 m) west, Spathi (2148 m) to the south and Katharo (1564 m) and Varsami (1545 m) to the east. Animal-rearing and agriculture were the main occupations in…
Nida Plateau lies at the heart of the Psiloritis or Ida range. Its name comes from a contraction of the words “στην Ιδα” (stiN Ida). In shape, it is roughly triangular, with its shortest side at the south, the so-called Passage of Milias, through which the southern foothills towards Mesara can be accessed. East of the plain is the peak of Skinakas. Here at a height of 1750 m, we find the only Astronomical Observatory on Crete.
Askifou Plateau is located in the west part of the White Mountains – on the road from Sfakia towards Apokoronas and Chania. It resembles a cup and is surrounded by the peaks of Kastro (2218 m) to the west, Trypali (1493 m) to the east and Angathes (1511 m) to the south. Around the edges of the plain are the villages of Ammoudari, Kares, Kosto, Petres, Mesa and Exo Goni and Stavorachi. The plateau has been cultivated for a very…