Tourism and Economy of Myrtos

Tourism and Economy of Myrtos

Points of interest

Myrtos is also the location for two Minoan archaeological sites, at Fournou Korifi and Pyrgos, which provide evidence that the village and its environs have been inhabited since the neolithic period. There is also a Roman villa, although the ruins are now largely covered or lost due to coastal erosion and local building.

In Myrtos is a small museum, dedicated to the local history, which features a scale model of Fornou Korifi created by John Atkinson, a British potter resident in the village who is the current Museum Curator. Near the small village Mithi, about 3 miles (5 km) from Myrtos lies the Sarakina Gorge.

Economy

Of particular importance in increasing the prosperity around Myrtos in the middle of the twentieth century was the Dutchman Paul Kuijpers. After his studies in Holland, he moved to Crete in 1966 and introduced greenhouses in the southern part of the island, as a result of which farmers could harvest several times a year instead of only once. The areas surrounding Myrtos are still dominated by greenhouses, often composed only of wooden frames covered with plastic. In 1971, Paul Kuijpers was killed in a car accident, and a memorial in Gra Lighia commemorates his importance for the area.

In 2010 the prefecture of Lasithi is the most prosperous part of Crete.
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