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Crete is full of mountain ranges, amongst which fertile plains and plateaus are formed. The largest plateau of Greece, the peaceful Lassithi Plateau is hidden between the wild peaks of Dicteos Mountains and some smaller plateaus. The Omalos Plateau, in White Mountains, is in the heart of the most mountainous area of Crete. Omalos is the starting point for several canyons of Sfakia, such as Samaria. Psiloritis Mountain also has several plateaus, with Nida being the most important. The largest plain in Crete is that of Messara, located in the southern prefecture of Iraklion. Smaller plains are scattered throughout the island, especially in coastal areas.

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Lassithi Plateau - 5.0 out of 5 based on 5 votes
Lassithi Plateau

The wonderful Lassithi Plateau is located about 25km south of Malia and 70km west of Heraklion city. Located in a peaceful and fertile region, it is surrounded by the wild mountains of Dikti and several smaller plateaus. The views of the surrounding mountains of Selena and Afendis Hristos are majestic.

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Amari Valley - 3.7 out of 5 based on 3 votes
Amari Valley

Amari valley is formed between the Mountains Kedros and Psiloritis, at an altitude of 400-500m and is 25km long. It is the natural passage from the north to south Rethymno and Messara Plain. For its central location, it was the theater of several historical events, especially during the Ottoman rule.

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Messara Plane - 4.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote
Messara Plane

The plain of Messara is located on the south side of Heraklion Prefecture, in an elongated area of 50km in length and with its width not exceeding 7km. In the south, the valley is protected by the wild Asterousia Mountains, while its western side is bounded by a vast beachfront with sandy beaches.

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Small Omalos Plateau - 4.0 out of 5 based on 2 votes
Small Omalos Plateau

Omalos Plateau of Viannos is located at the southern foot of Mount Dicti, next to Kato Simi and Viannos, 60km southeast of the city of Heraklion. It can be accessed more easily from Kato Simi, but there are also alternative routes that are worth driving in dirt track (such as the road starting from the Lassithi Plateau and another track coming from the smaller plateau of Lapathos).

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Nida Plateau - 4.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote
Nida Plateau

The plateau can be reached via a dirt road starting from the picturesque village of Anogia, but also via a rugged dirt track from Gergeri. The plateau is used as pasture and is not cultivated. Due to overgrazing, you we’ll not see any trees in the plain, although it was previously covered by dense forest.

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Limnakaro Plateau - 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote
Limnakaro Plateau

The Limnakaro Plateau lies on the northern slopes of Mt Dicte, near the Lassithi Plateau, at an altitude of 1,120 metres above sea level. It is enclosed by the peaks of Lazaros (2,048 m) to the east-southeast, Strovili (1,533 m) to the west and Megali Korfi (1309 m) to the north.

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Thripti Plateau - 5.0 out of 5 based on 2 votes
Thripti Plateau

Thripti Plateau is located next to the village of Kavousi, in Ierapetra area, at an altitude of 850m. It's really one of the most beautiful places worth visiting in Crete, which is totally unknown to most Cretans. Its natural beauty is very special and so are the Thripti mountain hiking trails, which are part of the European path E4, which starts from the Iberian Peninsula, passing the Alps down to Crete, where it stops in the mountains of Sitia.

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Ziros Plateau - 4.0 out of 5 based on 2 votes
Ziros Plateau

The small plateau of Ziros lies east of Armenohandrades plateau. Here is the "capital" of the area, the village of Ziros. The village is nice and here you will find very basic services, such as gas station and bank. Ziros has faced a modest growth, a key driver of which is the military camp with the radar of the Greek Air Force, standing on a neighboring mountain.

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Gious Kambos Plateau - 4.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote
Gious Kambos Plateau

Amari valley is formed between the Mountains Kedros and Psiloritis, at an altitude of 400-500m and is 25km long. It is the natural passage from the north to south Rethymno and Messara Plain. For its central location, it was the theater of several historical events, especially during the Ottoman rule.

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Anopolis Plateau - 4.0 out of 5 based on 2 votes
Anopolis Plateau

Plateau of Anopolis is located in the area of Sfakia and more specifically 13km west of Hora Sfakion. It is a small plateau formed in the wild mountains of Sfakia, the most inaccessible province of Europe.

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Vromonero plateau - 4.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote
Vromonero plateau

The Plateau of Vromonero or Lakkos Limas is located at an altitude of 1300m, 10km west of the village Kroussonas, in an amazing location east of the summit Skinakas of Psiloritis Mt, where the homonym observatory of the University of Crete is located. It can be accessed via a dirt track running through the gorge of Halasia, which starts from Livadi plateau and ends in Krousonas.

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Askyfou Plateau - 4.7 out of 5 based on 3 votes
Askyfou Plateau

Plateau of Askifou is located 50km south of Chania, in one of the nicest and most authentic areas of Crete. The wild mountains around and the serenity of the valley, form a magnificent landscape all year round.

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Nissimos Plateau - 3.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote
Nissimos Plateau

The Small Plateau of Nissimos is located 55km southeast of Heraklion, on the northern side of the Lassithi Plateau, at an altitude of 890m. Access is quite easy as there is a passable uphill road, 2.5km long, starting from the village Tzermiado.

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Omalos Plateau - 5.0 out of 5 based on 2 votes
Omalos Plateau

Omalos is located 38km south of Chania at an altitude ranging from 1,040 to 1,250 meters, surrounded by the high peaks of the White Mountains. The plateau is particularly beautiful in the winter, when it is frequently covered by snow. At older times, the plateau of Omalos was the shelter of the locals and the base of rebels during the two and a half centuries of the Turkish occupation, but also during all other wars against invaders.

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Lapathos Plateau - 4.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote
Lapathos Plateau

The Plateau of Lapathos is located about 77km southeast of Heraklion and 36km west of Ierapetra, near Kato Symi village. It is a small but beautiful plateau, which is worth mentioning in our website. The background of the plateau is the wild beauty of the Lasithi mountains and the slopes of Selakano. The vegetation in the Plateau is not dense and there are many rocky places.

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Katharo Plateau - 4.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote
Katharo Plateau

The plateau Katharo lies 26km south of Agios Nikolaos and 16km west of Kritsa, at an altitude of 1150 meters. The waters of the Plateau are transported through the beautiful gorge of Havgas into Lassithi Plateau. Katharo is uninhabited, although there are several farmhouses belonging to the village of Kritsa.

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Stroumboulas Plateau - 3.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote
Stroumboulas Plateau

The small and elongated plateau of Strouboulas is to be found just south of the Stroumboulas elongated mountain range, which resembles a volcanic cone when seen from Heraklion. The elongated plateau is formed on the carbonate rocks of the “Tripolitsa” group and it lacks tree vegetation due to overgrazing except for some Kermes Oaks (Quercus coccifera).

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Kallikratis Plateau - 4.0 out of 5 based on 2 votes
Kallikratis Plateau

A small plateau perched in the White Mountains and the homonym village with the old church of Panagia. The desolated village is used by some shepherds and their flocks! From here starts the impressive gorge of Kalikratis that ends at the village Patsianos.

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Livadi Plateau, Kroussonas - 4.3 out of 5 based on 3 votes
Livadi Plateau, Kroussonas

The Livadi (Lawn) Plateau of Kroussonas is located 9km west of the village Kroussonas and 35km southwest of Heraklion, on the eastern slopes of Psiloritis. It is a beautiful place to visit, especially in spring when the 300.000 pear and apple trees are blooming. The quiet green plateau with the background of the bare peaks of Psiloritis is a unique landscape.

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Plateau of Armenohandrades - 2.0 out of 5 based on 2 votes
Plateau of Armenohandrades

Plateau of Armenohandrades is located 23km south of Sitia and is a part of Crete that remains completely unknown, intact and authentic. It takes its name after the two settlements of Armeni and Handras, which today form a single settlement.

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