Plateaus in Crete

Omalos

at Viannos
Heraklion

Small Omalos Plateau
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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).

This small plateau is almost unknown to all Cretans, who confuse it with the famous Omalos Plateau, in Chania Prefecture. The plateau is smaller than Omalos in Chania, thus it is also called Small Omalos.

The plateau is a wonderful place worth visiting, combined with trips to the nearby mountains, gorges and picturesque villages. Here you will experience the wild beauty of the authentic Crete, away from any human urban activity.

In Omalos there is nothing, except from the small chapel dedicated to the Holly Spirit. The plateau is only used by local shepherds during the summer months. On every winter the plateau is dressed in white, making the landscape very beautiful. When the snow melts in the center of the plateau a small lake is formed, which is still there till early summer.

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Additional Info

  • Prefecture: Heraklion
  • Accessibility: Dirt track
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