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Lato Review

An ancient city in the hills just above Ayios Nikolaos, Lato was built by the Doric Greeks in a dip between two rocky peaks and named for the mother of Artemis and Apollo. Her image appears on coins found at the site. Make your way over the expanse of ancient masonry to the far end of the ongoing excavations for one of the best views in Crete: on a clear day you can see the island of Santorini, 100 km (60 mi) across the Cretan Sea, as well as inland across a seemingly endless panorama of mountains and valleys.

    Contact Information

  • Address: About 10 km (6 mi) west of Ayios Nikolaos, follow marked road from village of Kritsa, Ayios Nikolaos, Crete, 72100
  • Phone: 28410/22462
  • Cost: €2
  • Hours: Apr.–Oct. 8:30–7; Nov.–Mar, Tues.–Sun. 8:30–3
  • Website:
  • Location: Ayios Nikolaos
Updated: 05-17-2011

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