Kera Monastery -Lasithi- Krasi -Zeus Cave
09:00 AM – Departure from Hersonisos
10:00 AM – Kera Monastery
The Kera Monastery, also known as the Monastery of Panagia Kardiotissa, is a historic monastery from the 14th century located about 50 km east of Heraklion at an altitude of 650 m. It has been destroyed and rebuilt several times over the centuries. The monastery houses an impressive collection of icons, liturgical books, and other religious objects.
One of the most significant icons in the monastery is the Panagia Kera, also known as the “Lady of Kera,” which is now located in the sanctuary of the monastery. It was created by an unknown artist in 1795 and depicts the Virgin Mary sitting on a throne holding the infant Jesus. Jesus is right in front of her, blessing with his right hand while holding a cross in his left hand.
According to tradition, the icon was stolen three times by the Turks and taken to Constantinople. But each time, it miraculously returned. On the third time, the icon was tied to a marble column with a heavy chain to protect it. When the icon returned, the column and chain also returned and can still be seen in the monastery today. On the way back to the monastery, the icon left its imprint on a steep rock, now known as the “imprint.”
The monastery itself is an impressive example of Byzantine architecture, with high walls and towers surrounding a courtyard. Inside the monastery, there is a chapel with an iconostasis and beautiful frescoes depicting biblical scenes.
11:30 AM – Lasithi Plateau
The Lasithi Plateau is a fertile plateau near the Dikti Mountains in Crete. It is known for its windmills and traditional villages built like bird’s nests on the hills. Here, you can enjoy a beautiful drive through the picturesque villages and landscapes.
12:00 PM – Zeus Cave
The Zeus Cave is a spectacular cave that is said to be the birthplace of the Greek god Zeus. The cave is open daily from 8:30 AM to 8:00 PM. Here, you can admire the impressive stalactites and stalagmites and learn more about the legends and stories surrounding this unique site.Kera Monastery -Lasithi- Krasi -Zeus Cave
1:45 PM – Krasi
Krasi is a picturesque mountain village with traditional houses and narrow streets. Here, you can visit the famous “2,400-year-old plane tree” located in the center of the village. Behind the plane tree is a fountain fed by a natural spring. The water is crystal clear and very refreshing. We recommend the Krasopsichia tavern for lunch, where you can enjoy delicious Cretan specialties.
4:30 PM – Malia BeachKera Monastery -Lasithi- Krasi -Zeus Cave
Malia Beach is one of the most famous beaches in Crete, offering miles of golden sand and crystal clear water. Here, you can swim, sunbathe, or simply enjoy the view.
6:30 PM – Archaeological Excavations
The archaeological excavations in Malia are an important archaeological site in Crete. They are open daily from 8:30 AM to 8:30 PM. Here, you can explore the remains of a Minoan city and learn more about the history and culture of the Minoan civilization.
The excavations of Malia cover an area of about 1.5 km² and are divided into various sections, including a palace, a residential area, and a cemetery. The remains of the palace are particularly impressive, with its large halls, corridors, and numerous rooms. Here, you can imagine what life may have been like during the Minoan era.
8:00 PM – Return to Hersonisos
On the way back to Hersonisos, you can drive through the village of Stalis, known for its beaches and lively promenade.Kera Monastery -Lasithi- Krasi -Zeus Cave
8:15 PM – Arrival in Hersonisos
End of the day trip.
This itinerary offers a great opportunity to visit some of the most beautiful and fascinating places in Crete and explore the culture and history of this beautiful island. Of course, you can customize the plan to your own needs and interests and maybe discover other interesting places as well.