Plateaus in Crete



Stroumboulas Plateau
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The small and elongated plateau of Strouboulas is to be found just south of the Stroumboulas elongated mountain range, which resembles a volcanic cone when seen from Heraklion. The elongated plateau is formed on the carbonate rocks of the “Tripolitsa” group and it lacks tree vegetation due to overgrazing except for some Kermes Oaks (Quercus coccifera).

At one side, you will meet the chapel of Saint George and at its lowest place, a small pond is formed in the winter. This small unknown wetland is highly dependant on the rainfalls. The water is reddish due to the grounds that remind of African landscapes.

Starting from Strouboulas plateau one can climb until the summit of Strouboulas and the chapel of Timios Stavros (Holy Cross) to gaze in wonder at the marvelous panorama of the Heraklion gulf. Lastly, you can pay a visit to the Cave of Palmetis (Hainospilios), where Palmetis (a Cretan rebel during the Turkish Era) dropped the corpses of the Turks he killed.

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Additional Info

  • Location: Heraklion Prefecture
  • Accessibility: Dirt track
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