|Dikti Mountains / Lasithi Mountains|
|Highest peak||Dikti ( )|
|location||Crete , Greece|
The Dikti Mountains ( Greek Δίκτη Dikti ) or Lasithi Mountains (Λασιθιώτικα Όρη Lasithiotika Ori ) is a mountain range on the Greek island of Crete . The mountain range is located in the southeast of the island in the regional districts of Heraklion and Lasithi between the cities of Heraklion and Agios Nikolaos .
With Mount Dikti, the mountains reach a height of up to 2148 meters, making them the third highest mountain range in Crete. It is about 30 kilometers long and up to 14 kilometers wide. In addition to the Dikti, two other peaks reach a height of over 2000 meters, the Afentis Christos (Αφέντης Χριστός) with 2141 meters and the Lazaros (Λάζαρος) with 2085 meters. Seven other mountains are over 1500 meters high.
In the modern era up to the 19th century the mountains were called Lasithi. Topographical information from ancient authors such as Strabo led to the identification of the mountains as the dictates of antiquity, which were located between the Ida Mountains and Cape Samonion in the extreme northeast of the island. Since then, the name Dikti has established itself for the mountains alongside Lasithi.
The mountain ranges of the Dikti Mountains enclose the Lasithi Plateau , the largest plateau in Crete in terms of area. The high altitudes of the mountains are almost without vegetation and practically uninhabited. On the lower slopes and on the plateau there are small settlements and villages in which the few inhabitants live mainly from livestock.