A few kilometers away from Agios Nikolaos, the capital of Lassithi prefecture, lies one of the oldest villages of Crete. Built amphitheatrically at the foothills of Kastellos Mountain, at an altitude of about 365 meters, Kritsa has retained its old architectural physique to a great extent.
Neat cobbled streets, antique houses and many shops with traditional products and folk art make up a picture of a picturesque village.
The church of Panayia Odigitria, on the main street, is an architectural jewel of the 19th century. Kritsa is famous for its high-quality organic olive oil, which originates from the olive groves surrounding the village.
The Kritsa Gorge, the small village of Tapes and the famous Byzantine church of Panayia Kera, are all places worth visiting if you are taking a trip to Kritsa.