Plateaus in Crete

Vathy Lakki

Plateau Vathy Lakki
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Near Anogia, shortly after the plateau of Nida on the north side of Psiloritis mount, we meet the position Vathy Lakki. It is located on the road that heads to the former ski resort of Psiloritis, currently serving as a mountain shelter. Its name means Deep Pit because the area forms a small plateau with a small quantity of soil and bare surroundings. This place was chosen by the local shepherds since ancient times so as to build a beautiful mitato (primitive dairy-house) with all equipment for flocking their goats and sheep during the summer months.

Vathy Lakki was used only during the summer months because it is located at an altitude of over 1600 meters and in winter the whole area is covered by snow. The architecture of mitato houses at Vathy Lakki brings to mind the Minoan domed tombs and no binding material was used for building the walls. The construction of the dome is based on the support of one stone to the other so the building does not collapse even after many years. A very interesting phenomenon of the area is the purple layers of squamous limestone that give a unique color to the mountain.

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Additional Info

  • Location: Rethymnon Prefecture
  • Accessibility: Dirt track
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