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Discover the plateau of Limnakaro

South of the famous Lassithi Plateau there is another lesser known plateau…small and tranquil but overwhelmingly beautiful: Limnakaro.

Cretazine Tips

  • The oldest aisle of the chapel of the Holy Spirit in Limnakaro dates back to the Venetian period and is dedicated to the Metamorphosis of the Savior. The frescoes also date back to the Venetian period. The one representing the ktetors holding a replica of the chapel is probably the most memorable.
  • Limnakaro is set in an altitude of 1150 m. and offers an ideal environment for fruit trees (apple and pear trees especially) and nut trees.
  • The plateau of Limnakaro is a favorite destination for those who love trekking and nature exploration. The characteristic E4 signs are found everywhere on the plateau and there is even a mountain refuge in the site ‘Anestasi Strovili’. If you want more specialized information on the routes and staying at the refuge contact local hiking clubs and municipalities (ex. The Hiking Club of Agios Nikolaos: eos.agn.bio@gmail.com)
  • If you are more of the ‘driving around’ type and you don’t have a 4x4 vehicle, we suggest you drive to Limnakaro from the road that starts from the village of Avrakonte. It is much kinder to your car!
  • You want to experience Holy Spirit customs with local shepherds? Save the dates of the next Holy Spirit celebration days: June 9 (2014), June 1 (2015) and June 20 (2016).
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Lassithi Plateau offers countless opportunities for exploration: picturesque villages, the cave of Diktaion Andron, side roads of unknown destination that once delimited the numerous windmills of the region. Needless to say that this mountainous ‘district’ hides many secrets, including other plateaus, smaller, less famous, deserted and absolutely beautiful.

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As you head towards the hidden plateau of Limnakaro, following the road from Kaminaki village, the panoramic view of Lassithi Plateau will be a sufficient reward for the difficult mud-covered dirt road you drive on. Behind you extends a verdant land with scattered villages and ahead of you rise the snow cupped summits of Mount Dikti. Soon you will arrive at the two-aisled chapel of Agio Pneuma (Holy Spirit), built during the second Byzantine period. It is worth exploring its interior with the old ornaments and faded frescoes. Every year the chapel celebrates the day of the Holy Spirit with a unique custom: shepherds bring their sheep to the chapel and the priest blesses them. It is also worth visiting the site on Great Friday, when naturalist and hiking clubs gather here to attend the liturgy and accompany the route of the epitaph around the flowery spring landscape of the plateau.

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The plateau of Limnakaro, just like the plateau of Omalos Viannou, is uninhabited (with the exemption of a few shepherds huts, aka mitata) and respires the familiar serene wildness of Cretan mountains and a unique sense of freedom. We found ourselves alone in a plateau where the only sound we heard was the strong frozen wind storming down from the snowy summits and the ‘meditating’ bells of invisible –but always present- goats.

When we were done ‘meditating’, we took the (easier for those who don’t have a 4x4 vehicle) road to the historical village of Avrakonte and enjoyed another excellent view to both plateaus: ascetic Limnakaro behind us and lively Lassithi Plateau ahead.

Our ancient ancestors knew something, when they decided to worship Zeus on Cretan plateaus