Plateaus in Crete

Vromonero

Heraklion

Vromonero plateau
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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. The road starts next to the Monastery of St. Irene in Krousonas. During the ascent to Vromonero it is worth visiting the old church of St. John in position Asfendamia, with incredible views of the coastline and the city of Heraklion.

After a beautiful drive through the wooded gorge of Halasia, you'll see the observatory above the mountain peak and the small plateau below it. Vromonero. According to legend, when goddess Demeter used to chase in Psiloritis, she saw and fell in love with the hero Jason, and after their joining, she born Ploutos.

Vromonero is one of the finest and most pristine holly woods of Crete, which is well known to biologists and completely unknown to the inhabitants of Crete. It is full of holly and maple trees, which generously offer their shade in midsummer. The landscape is completed by scattered mitata, primitive stone buildings for shepherds. Unfortunately, overgrazing threatens this fragile habotat of Psiloritis, which has been included in the project Natura. At the plateau there is space for camping, wooden benches, water taps, barbecues, etc., which make the daily excursions there more enjoyable. There is also a shelter with the minimum requirements at relatively short distance.

In the plateau you’ll meet the chapel of St. George, built in 1978. The Church was a vow of the Kroussaniotani chieftain Charalambos Yiannadakis for Saint George. He was a rebel during the German Occupation and had found refuge in Vromonero with his co-rebels, when they were surrounded by the Germans. The rebels asked Saint George to help them and they were miraculously saved.

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Additional Info

  • Prefecture: Heraklion
  • Accessibility: Dirt track
  • Altitude (m): 1300

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