Lentas Kreta Griechenland | Lentas Crete Greece | Λέντας στη νότια Κρήτη

At the lion

The Lion (Cape Leontas) in the west is famous for its ancient history, the prehistoric settlement was situated here and was called "Levin" or "Lebena". Today, the small mountain is simply called "The Lion" because at certain times it looks like a huge Lion.



A nice walk of about 15 minutes takes you directly to the top of the mountain. From there you can watch one of the most beautiful sunrises with a breathtaking play of colors.

Even the famous Greek writer Nikos Kazantzakis ("Zorbas the Greek") came in the thirties regularly to this place in order to rest and to be inspired by the unique atmosphere.

But not only the people are attracted to the vicinity of the Lion, also a lot of animals come here: Dolphins, many different species of fish and the large turtles (see below), who come regularly to Lentas and to which the inhabitants of Lentas are particularly proud of.

The lion is officially protected as a nature reserve. Therefore, it is not allowed to cultivate the land on the Lion. Neither big hotels nor mass tourism around the Lion will arise in the future. The unique beauty of nature is preserved.

The sea turtle Caretta Caretta at the Lion

The sea turtle Caretta Caretta at the Lion

The sea turtle Caretta Caretta lives in different areas in the world, but she put her eggs mainly in places with a warm climate. This is also the most well-known sea turtle sort in Greece and in the Mediterranean area. The size of an adult Caretta is approximately 90 cm and their weight is up to 100 kg.

The mating time begins in spring. Starting from the middle of May untill the middle of August the caretta lay her eggs. If these sea turtles pair, they develop a type of "erotic dance". Later, if the female is ready to lay her eggs it is possible she has to travel many kilometers, in order to achieve the beach, on which she always put her eggs. She appreciates naturally the loneliest places. There she makes a 50 cm deep ditch and puts approximately 100 eggs inside.

After 55 days approximately 75 children come out onto the surface and only the ones who get away from their natural enemies and find the sea, will survive. Their largest enemy is however the human specie. The caretta is so endangered that she is considered as a protected animal specie. Many ecological organizations such as Greenpeace and WWF already make many efforts for their rescue. At the south coast of Crete there are some beaches, for instance the beach of Lentas, which is visited by the Caretta.