Milatos Lassithi is located in the province of Merambelo, Lassithi and belongs to the municipality of Neapolis. The name is likely to be related to ancient Miletus, in Asia Minor. The homonymous municipal district includes the island of Avgo (Egg) and Beach of Milatos.
In Milatos, the Greek writer Lili Zografou wrote many of her novels. Milatos, is known primarily from the historic Cave of Milatos.
In the area various Greek armed groups were operating which could perhaps save civilians but they were busy looting.