Plateaus in Crete



Evdomos Plateau at Gonies
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The plateau of Evdomos is located 3km southeast of the village Gonies, at an altitude of 780m, on Psiloritis Range. The plateau is actually divided into two smaller plateaus, the Kato Lakos and Ano Lakos plateaus.  The name Evdomos is believed to come from the Greek word evosmos, that means sweet-smelling as it is full of flowers in spring. 

The spot that is surely worth visiting is Kato Lakos, where a small mountain lodge is housed (a former dairy house). Kato Lakos has a spring with fresh water, while the locals have planted several trees around it.Nowadays Evdomos plateau is mainly used for stockbreeding.

On the May 1st the locals organize a big fest there. Families bring their own meat and grill it in the traditional Cretan way: by placing it around the fire (antikrystó). Music and wine are of course part of the fest. To go to Evdomos Plateau you have to turn from the main road near the village of Gonies, pass by an old renovated windmill and follow the road for 3km.

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Additional Info

  • Location: Heraklion Prefecture
  • Accessibility: Dirt track
  • Altitude (m): 780

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