From Kritsa it is a 16km scenic climb up to the spectacular Katharo Plateau, which is cultivated by people from Kritsa, some of whom have summer homes here. Sitting at an altitude of 1200m, this beautiful wildflower pleateau is often under deep snow in winter, and home to only 500 inhabitants. There are a couple of seasonal tavernas here.
Just 4.5km south of Kritsa is the village of Kroustas, where locals go for very traditional local cuisine. Popular O Kroustas has Cretan food, including a superb lazania (twisted handmade pasta, also called stroufikta) cooked in stock with anthotiro (a dry, white cheese) and rusks made in the wood oven.