Plateaus in Crete



Erganos Plateau
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The small plateau of Erganos is located at an altitude of 950m at the southern slopes of Dikti Mount and gets its name after the ancient town of Erganos that was built on the adjacent peak Kefali (1090m), right above the wild gorge of Erganos. It is bounded on the west by Entichis peak (1462m), on the south by Pandoura peak (1513m) and on the east by Afendis Christos (2141m). The plateau is used today for growing vines by the villages of Embaros valley, while the views of the surrounding wooded peaks is very nice.

The ancient town Erganos or Erranos was one of the 100 cities of ancient Crete mentioned by Homer. The town can be accessed from the plateau through the ancient stone paved trail, called Peratostrata, which linked Embaros or Viannos to the Plateau of Lassithi. 200m before reaching the plateau, you can discern a Minoan tomb destroyed during the road construction. The area is called Xenotafia and hosts several tombs that were used by Erganos.

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Additional Info

  • Location: Heraklion Prefecture
  • Accessibility: Paved road
  • Altitude (m): 950

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