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Address in Greece: Astrikas - Chania - Crete, 73006 Greece
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Crete, Greece. The Lassithi Plateau is situated at a height of 820-850 metres and is one of the biggest plateaux in Greece. Precipitous mountain peaks, all more than 1,000 metres high, surround it, forming a strong natural fortification that has only eight relatively accessible passes. The waters that run from everywhere each spring, when the mountain snows melt, enrich the earth with their minerals and then drain off into the swallow-hole on the southwest corner of the plateau, near the village of Kato Metohi.
Much of this water however remains in the extended water table at a depth of 8-10 metres. Its naturally fortified position and its extremely fertile land attracted human habitation to the plateau very early on as it is natural. The Cave of Trapeza (also known as Kronio), outside the village of Tzermiado, was used as a place of burial during the Prepalatial period (2500-2000 BC), while in the Neolithic period it may have been used for habitation