At a distance of 49 kilometers far from Agios Nikolaos at the West and some 60 kilometers Southeastern to Heraklion, within the Lassithi plateau, between its eastern and western entrances. It counts some 750 permanent residents, it is the capital of the province of Lassithi and the seat of the Municipality of Lassithi Plateau; several public services, banks and an old people’s home established and cared for by the Holy Monastery of Petra are available in the village.
The name of the village is owed to the first settlers in the period of the Venetian domination. In the whole area in and around Tzermiado, there have been found vessels dated to the Middle Minoan period, potsherds, Roman coins and bronze items. The number and the variety of the finds show that the area has been inhabited at least as early as the Minoan period.
Several hotels and rooms to let are available for accommodation. And the whole area is so beautiful that it will be difficult to choose where to stay. As for food and drink, there is no problem at all. On the contrary, within such an amazing environment and among hospitable people, a simple meal may end up to an unforgettable experience.
The visitors interested in Minoan Crete may also visit the ruins of dwellings of the Minoan era at Tzermiado, the important cave at the village of Agios Charalambos, with Early and Middle Minoan burials. And, of course, there is the famous Dictaeon Andron (or Psychro cave) where, according to Mythology, had been born Zeus, the king of gods.
Some ruins of dwellings of Geometric and Roman periods are visible in the village Messa Lassithi