Lasithi is the wildest area of Crete with the richest biodiversity and least trampled ranges; it’s so rugged in places, you half expect Pan to emerge, pipe in hand, from the meadows. With its abundance of caves, gorges, gas-blue coves and snow-capped mountains, the region seems to have been naturally lavished by the gods. And that’s not forgetting its rich ancient history, with Minoan and Mycenaean sites waiting for you to explore at every turn.
This is also where you’ll find the island’s top resorts. Agios Nikolaos smoulders with cosmopolitan cool and, just around the bay, Elounda, the preserve of Tinseltown’s finest, glitters with uber-swanky hotels. For the true Grecophile in search of adventure and gastro delights, Lasithi ticks all the boxes; cyclists head up to misty Lasithi Plateau, trekkers tackle gorges such as the dramatic Valley of the Dead, and foodies enjoy some of Crete’s finest tavernas and restaurants. Then there’s attractions like the historic monastery of Toplou and Vaï’s beguiling palm-lined beach, while scores of towns and villages maintain a rich undertow of Cretan history and spirit.