Places near Aghios Panteleimonas - Zaroma
Tzermiado - the biggest village of the Lasithi plateau. The picturesque village of Tzermiado is located west of Agios Nikolaos, on the wonderful Lasithi Plateau which is a magnificent place favoured by nature and one of the few areas of the Mediterranean to be constantly inhabited despite the fact that it is lying at an altitude of almost 850 m. The Plateau is located on the west side of Mt. Dikti and enjoys a particularly mild and healthy climate.
Tzermiado is lying on the slopes of Mt. Selena, a part of the assembly line of Mount Dikti (Dikti Mountains). It was founded during the 15th century and is the biggest village on the plateau with 1000 inhabitants. There are a few accommodations as well as excellent tavernas and traditional cafes.
The surrounding area of Tzermiado features numerous sites such as archaeological finds from the Minoan period, the Trapeza or Kronio cave and the gorge of Havgas
The name of the village is owed to the first settlers in the period of the Venetian domination. In the whole area in and around Germiado, there have been found vessels dated to the Middle Minoan period, potsherds, Roman coins and bronze items. The number and the variety of the finds show that the area has been inhabited at least as early as the Minoan period.
Exo and Mesa Potamoi are two villages next to each other with altitude from 840 to 880 m, 9km before the Lassithi Plateau and 51 km from Agios Nikolaos city and 32 from Neapoli. They are built on the slope of mountain Selena between oaks, chestnut and plane-trees that offer coolness during the summer months.
Coming from Agios Nikolaos, enables visits to various little villages hidden in the Lassithi mountains, such as ‘Mesa Potamoi’ and Exo Potamoi’ From these villages you could hike to ‘Selena’ following an old path and admire the embattled works made during the German domination and gaze at the magnificent view of Heraklion up to Milatos coastal village.
That’s why they are beloved destination for the summer but snow during winter also offers the chance for games. The water from the springs of the area gives life to gardens and vines that the locals attend with care.
The road has many turns and continues after Mesa Potamoi to ascend towards Lassithi Plateau and to the location called "tou Patera ta Selia", 1100 m high, where the highest location is before the plateau. The view is magnificent, as we leave the wild beauty of the valley behind, whilst in front of us the imposing Plateau lies with its beautiful white windmills.
Mesa and Exo PotamiThe most mountainous village of the region is Potami, and is composed of a number of settlements all named after their first inhabitants.These settlements are built on the ravines and on the slopes of Selenas, the local historical mountain which probably owes its name to “Selini” or “ Selina” or “moon”. Hundreds of large and smaller springs of crystal-clear fresh water irrigate the plains where vegetables, apple-trees, walnut-trees and vineyards are cultivated.
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