Lasithi Events

Kyrvia Festival
A summer festival organized by the Municipality of Ierapetra each summer at about mid July, hosting traditional and folk music, dances, art workshops and, of course, Cretan delicacies and lots of raki!

Easter Celebrations

In Agios Nikolaos, in the night of Easter Sunday, people gather around the lake holding candles and an effigy of Judas is burnt while fireworks break the silence. A very nice ritual if you find yourself in Agios Nikolaos at that time.

Also, in Toplou Monastery, the ritual of the Resurrection of Christ is celebrated with great devoutness in a magical ambience.


Agios Nikolaos Nameday
On December 6th, when Saint Nikolaos is celebrated in the homonymous town of Crete they pay special tribute to the patron of the town with small boats sail near the shore adorned in white and blue lights. Besides, Agios Nikolaos is the protector of seamen.

Soultana Festival
Soultana is a distinctive type of grape massively cultivated in Sitia. Each year, Soultana festival is held in the main square of the town to celebrate the production with folk dances, music and Cretan flavors.

Casa dei Mezzo Music Festival
A very popular festival that takes place each June in Makrys Gialos, east from Ierapetra, hosting musicians of classical instruments from all over the world.

Fish Celebration
In Elounda each October the Fish Celebration takes place, treating visitors with fish delicacies and lots of traditional music and dances by local groups.

Mirabello Festival
In August the Municipality of Agios Nikolaos organizes the Festival of Mirabello which hosts various art exhibitions, film projections and concerts.

Kornaria Festival
A series of events that take place in Sitia from the beginning of June till the end of August including theatrical plays, dances, music concerts, art and photography exhibitions and various lectures.

Dormition of Virgin Mary
Like in the rest of Greece on the 15th August the Dormition of Virgin Mary celebrations take place with lots of drinks, music, dances and food. Especially in the scenic Byzantine Church of Panagia Kera (Holy Mary) in Kritsa, very near Agios Nikolaos, the celebrations take over the entire village.

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