Lasithi Plateau

The Lasithi plateau, 2,800 feet high and the biggest of the upland plains of Crete, lies behind a wall of barren mountains. Windmills for pumping water rise above fields of potatoes and the apple and almond orchards that are a pale haze of blossom in early spring (the process has been supplanted with electric pumps in recent years, though the windmills still stand, quite photogenically). The plateau is remote and breathtakingly beautiful, and ringed by small villages where shops sell local weaving and embroidery.

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