Windmills characteristic of eastern Crete (Lassithi) where rivers are absent. In Western Crete, where there are more springs and rivers, watermills were developed. The mills were built into mountainsides and in places exposed to the winds.
Contrary to the tradition of building mills on mountains, on the seaside of Elounda ancient saltpans we meet three windmills, at the scenic point where a canal connecting the lagoon with the south shores has been constructed. They all are completely circular, turning to all winds (this type is called Xetrocharis.