Greece

Windmills of Lassithi and Dikteon Cave in Lassithi, Crete

There are four regional units in Crete namely Chania, Rethymno, Heraklion, and Lasithi.  Three of which I already presented …

Chania – Chania: A Beautiful Mess
Rethymno – Carnivale in Rethymno, Fortezza of Rethymno
Heraklion – Irakleon, Crete

… So, I now bring you Lasithi …

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THE SOPHOMORE SLUMP RECOMMENDS:

Movie: Once – It’s like a soundtrack album so beautifully presented in a motion picture… featuring the music of Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova.

Recommendation Flashback: Here is a scene from the movie Crash …. Spoiler Alert … Parental Guidance is advised.

Music: Corrine Bailey Rae by Corrine Bailey Rae – Her voice is …. *BOW*.

This one is a must-see live performance vid. Here is one of her covers from a music legend, Led Zeppelin …


Bored, I dropped what I was doing, quickly checked the internet for places to go, and off I walked out the door and drove. I figured I’ve been here in Crete for four months so I might as well visit its forth major region. 😀 My research took me to Lasithi Plateau and Dictaeon Cave, a cave where Zeus “supposedly” was born.

It was a lot of driving and tricky to get to. So for this post I’m including pointers for those who might be interested in exploring both location.

The drive may be long but worth it. You’ll be surrounded by mountains and fields of greens.

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Yey, isn’t it? 😀

Lasithi is about 3 – 4 hours from Chania. From Chania, once you get to a roundabout on the National Road, take right following the sign to Mochos. From here on out, the trick is not to hesitate even if you feel like you’ve been driving for awhile, or felt you already seen enough.

Keep driving until you get to Homo Sapien Museum. You will see windmills there …

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… but don’t stop there. Keep driving … 🙂

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Just keep driving. You will see some more windmills. It is said there are some (air-quote) 10,000 windmills here.  Yowza! A lot of it however didn’t stand the test of time.

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… Then you will get to this (air-quote) Botanical Park where there are more noticeable windmills.

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… That means you are just shy away from taking a right turn to get to the cave. Just follow the signs. So what do you do?

… keep driving … 🙂

… it won’t be long til you get to the cave. You’ll know you’re there when you see a parking lot with some souvenir stores and some food places. You will be welcomed with a picturesque overview of Lassithi Plateau.

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It makes you realize how much you’ve driven. 😀

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The cave is open til 7 pm during tourist/summer season. Parking is 2 Euro. Entrance is 4 Euros. Bring good shoes and water. Extra lungs if you must. 😀 I’m kidding, the ascend is doable. 😉

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The cave is small but still whoa-some!!!

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The most recognized cave in Crete, it is said to be where Zeus (air-quote) supposedly was born. There is also a cave in Mount Zeus in Naxos, Greece where they also claim Zeus (air-quote) supposedly was born. I don’t know which to believe. It seems that there are more that are using reference to the cave in Crete than the one in Naxos.

I’ll be in Naxos island this weekend. Yea-Yeah! 😀

Now, you can either drive back from whence you came or drive towards the city center of Agio Nikolaos. The drive to Agio Nikolaos is a long one but you will see more mountains, small villages, and of course, more windmills. Just strictly follow the signs to Agio Nikolaos. Again, do not hesitate too much….

…Just keep driving. To me, it’s worth it. 🙂


 

In the offing: California post, Naxos, another Santorini post, and a special post.

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41 replies »

  1. So after watching “Crash” and nearly hyperventilating ha! I was very glad to see some beautiful nature and calming pictures. What a wonderful discovery for you and now we know how to get there as well. Thanks for sharing Rommel 🙂

  2. How beautiful.. Great shots. Makes me want to just go in the car and explore- not so desolate here…but you have to use your surroundings!

  3. What a beautiful and peaceful place! I would love driving on those mountain roads. Those windmills look like flowers. The structure of it is amazing! Thanks!

  4. What a fantastic drive! Awesome shots of these windmills. I’m fascinated by the cave. Thank you, Rommel for the tour. 🙂

  5. “Extra lungs if you must”, hahahaha! Too funny! Excellent photos and pretty cool windmills. Unlike the ones I’ve seen in California that has absolutely no personality at all! Lol! That cave is quite intriguing and it somehow reminds me of Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico. Did you see any bats while you were there? Or maybe Batman and Robin?! Hahahaha! Just kidding! 😆

  6. It’s impressive that people have been harnessing wind power for hundreds of years, and still depend on it.

    Crash; a film that still pops into my head every now and then.

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