Limnakaro is a small
(approx. 1000 m in the E-W direction and 600 m in the N-S) plateau
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located south of the Lassithi plateau, near
the villages of Avrakondes and Agios Georgios in eastern Crete
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Limnakaro lies at about 1250 m above sea level, at the feet of the Spathi
summit that rises at 2148 m. Because of its altitude, the plateau is mainly
used as grazing
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grounds for sheep and goats. It has a rich wild flora and
grows a number of walnut, pear, apple and chestnut trees.
Despite a very small number of houses, there are no permanent residents
at the plateau. At its western part there is a double nave
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to the Holy Spirit
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(Agio Pnevma) that dates back to the second Byzantine
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period (i.e., 961-1204). The church was expanded in 1875 and has been recently
restored. Limnakaro is on the European walking route E4
European walking route E4
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; at a height of 1350 m
to its southwest in the Anestasi area there is a mountain shelter.
- Oropedio LasithiouOropedio LasithiouOropedio Lasithiou or Lasithi Plateau is a large scenic plain, and a municipality, located in the Lasithi peripheral unit in eastern Crete, Greece...
- DiktiDiktiDikti or Dicte is a mountain range on the east of the island of Crete in the prefecture of Lassithi. On the west it extends to the prefecture of Heraklio.According to the Greek Mythology, Zeus was reared on this mountain...