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Palekastro

The village of Palekastro is situated in the most eastern corner of the island. This unsophisticated, rural, Cretan village of 1300 inhabitants, has been relatively unaffected by the inroads of tourism despite its superb nearby beaches, where you can enjoy water sports and swimming.

The traditional factor is blended in harmony with the modern, offering to the visitor the convenience of the present time, as well as the jauntiness of the past.

The village is valued for the archaeologists, because of its rich archaeological sites. There is a folklore museum, too.

There are a lot of taverns and restaurants, where traditional meals are served. You can also find fresh fish in some of them. Don’t miss it! You can enjoy your coffee or your ice-cream in one of the cafes in the square. For the lovers of night life, there are a couple of bars and one disco.

You can also find any shops in the village. There is also a community clinic, a pharmacy and a post office. A lot of couples choose our town hall to get married. Think about it!

Palekastro is the ideal place for winter holidays and you can use it as a base for touring eastern Crete.

See photos from the unprecedented snowfall in Palekastro area at 13 and 14 February 2004 !!

Sights..
Petras Minoan Settlement
Petras Archaeological Site
Petras Archaeological Site

On a low hill (h. 40 m.) by the sea lies an important Minoan settlement. It had a large harbour and was the centre of an area bordered by Chamaizi on the west, Pressos on the south, and Analoukas on…

Palekastro Archaeological Site
Palekastro Archaeological Site

At the northernmost edge of the eastern coast of Crete lie the ruins of a settlement which flourished during the Late Minoan period (1550-1220 B.C.). At the same site, however, are preserved remains of the Early and Middle Minoan periods…

Makrigialos Minoan And Roman Villa
Makrigialos Minoan and Roman villa

Makrigialos, on the south coast, 38 kms from Sitia and 25 kms from lerapetra, is the coastal settlement of the Agios Stephanos community. It was not possible that the ancients could have ignored such a wonderful site. Chance finds came…

Toplou Gorge
Toplou Gorge

Its entrance is about 200m in the west of the Monastery of Toplou. The landscape is astonishing not only because of its flora and the existence of a cluster of the palm tree Theophrastos Phoenix theophrasti, clusters of locust Ceratonia siliqua, oleander…

Archaeological Museum Of Sitia
Archaeological Museum of Sitia

The Archaeological Museum of Sitia opened in 1984 and houses a significant collection, divided into four sections. The exhibits cover a period of approximately 4000 years, from the Final Neolithic era to the Late Roman period, and they are displayed…

Pano Peristeras Cave
Pano Peristeras Cave

It is one of the biggest caves in Crete. There is an underground river with a mapped length of routes reaching the 2,000 metres. The cave has many wells with water and its exploration requires using cavediving equipment. The cave is…

Peristeras Cave
Peristeras Cave

The elevation at the entrance is 540 metres, whereas the elevation at the rim of the doline attains 564 metres. The village Karydi is built on a permo-triassic phyllites system, which penetrates in Jurassic limestone from the West to the…

Oxo Latsidi Cave
Oxo Latsidi Cave

The elevation is about 610 metres. The cave is formed in Jurassic limestone. A little more northern, there are Permo-Triassic phyllites, which also feature to the southwest of the cave to some extent, while small bulks of Triassic dolomites lie…

Kapsa Monastery
Kapsa Monastery

The Monastery of Kapsa is located 10 km from Makrigialos and 40 km from the town of Sitia at the exit of the Pervolakia Gorge built on the steep rocks overlooking the Libyan sea. The exact time of the foundation…

Toplou Monastery, Sitia
Toplou Monastery, Sitia

Toplou Monastery (Greek: Μονή Τοπλού) is a 15th-century monastery located in a dry and barren area in the Lasithi regional unit, on the eastern part of the island of Crete in Greece. It is about 6 km (3.7 mi) north…

Faneromenis Monastery, Sitia
Faneromenis Monastery, Sitia

Drive west out of Sitia on the main road to Agios Nikolaos. The marked exit to the Faneromeni Monastery is on the right 2km after the city of Sitia. There are two exits a few kilometers apart that meet in…

Faneromenis Monastery, Ierapetra
Faneromenis Monastery, Ierapetra

One of Crete’s most historic monasteries, Faneromeni (Our Lady Revealed) Monastery is situated on a slope overlooking the Minoan city of Gournia and is sometimes referred to as 'Panagia of Gournia'. The original building was probably erected during the second…

Bebonas
Bebonas

A small settlement located between the Sitia mountains. A graphic and isolated plateau is created between them at an altitude of 700 meters. The area is characterized by intense mountain beauty and lush vegetation even in the summer. To get…

Zou
Zou

This village is about 7 km from Sitia and is part of the Stavromenos community. The name could be derived from the Turkish word «sou» - meaning water, as the village has a spring with abundant running water. Many people…

Maronia
Maronia

Maronia is 12 km from Sitia, situated on the main Sitia -­ lerapetra road. In the 1583 census the Venetians Iisted it as Marunea with 120 inhabitants - the local people still pronounce it «Maroonia». According to tradition the first…

Katsidoni
Katsidoni

Katsidoni (530 m altitude) a village about 16 km from Sitia on the road to Karidi. In the Venetian census of 1583 Cazzidoni is listed with 213 inhabitants and Sandali which also belongs to the same community with 371. Sandali…

Agia Triada
Agia Triada

The outermost village of the Handras-Ziros plateau. It is situated about 35 km distant from Sitia and some 8 km inland from the coast of the Libyan Sea so that even though the village is not right on the coast…

Ziros
Ziros

The hilly village of Ziros spreads over the lower slopes that the locals call Egremno (the Cliff) at an altitude of 590 m. at the pictureque Armeni-Handras plateau. The village is the seat of the Municipality of Lefki. It is…

Kalo Chorio
Kalo Chorio

This village belongs to the Ziros community (former municipality of Lefki) and, since it is not mentioned by the Venetians in the 1583 census, it was probably founded after the 16th century. At the time of the 1881 census the…

Roussa Ekklisia
Roussa Ekklisia

Α most graphic village with a very healthy climate and plenty of water. It is about 9 km from Sitia and reached by a road that branches off the Sitia - Palekastro road beyond the rise at Tripitos. As it…

Agios Georgios
Agios Georgios

This village, renamed in 1955, is located 14 km away from Sitia on the Sitia-Ierapetra road. To the same community belong also the hamlets of Pano Episkopi Drapani, Sotira and Vouvali. The origin of the old name is unknown. M.…

Dafni
Dafni

This village which has plenty of water. Is located about 2 km away from Kria and 27 from Sitia on the Stavrohori road. The name certainly comes from the plant (Dafni: laurel or bay tree). It is entered as Dafni with…

Chrisopigi
Chrisopigi

Until 1955 this village was known by its old name Roukaka, which must be of Turkish or possibly Arabic origin. It is situated on the road that runs from Sitia via Achladia to Stavrohori and is not far from this…

Kria
Kria

This village on the road from Piskokefalo to Stavrohori is about 25 km from Sitia (South West) . It is divided into two groups of houses called Apano Kria and Kato Kria. In the Venetian census of 1583 it was…

Skordilo
Skordilo

This village is also known as Skordilo. Ιt is thought that the name comes from the famous Skordylis family which was founded by Marinos Skordylis, one of the twelve nobles who in 1182 AD accompanied Isaacius Angelos, son of Alexius…

Mesa Mouliana
Mesa Mouliana

There are a number of possibilities for the etymology of the name. One suggestion is that it is derived from the verb "moulono": bend or stoop, indicating that the location is lowin comparison with the surrounding mountains. The second view…

Mirsini
Mirsini

This village on the main Sitia - Agios Nikolaos road is 25 kms from the former one. It used to be called Metochia tis Tourlotis (i.e. hamlets belonging to Tourloti). The name Mirsini means «myrtle» and there are indeed many…

Lastros
Lastros

This is the last village of the District of Sitia οn the road to Agios Nikolaos and is 35 km distant from Sitia itself. Lastros is probably a prehistoric name. The Venetians listed it in 1583 as Lastro with 285…

Zakros Gorge
Zakros Gorge

About 1,5 km to east of the village of Zakros, starts the Gorge, which ends at the bay of Kato Zakros, almost near the Minoan Palace area. This gorge is of outstanding beauty, with large caves in its walls. In those…

Kato Zakros Minoan Palace
Kato Zakros Minoan Palace

The Palace of Kato Zakros is located 26 kms south of Palekastro. Its position shelters it from the dangerously strong north winds that pass Cape Sidero on the north-east tip of Crete. It was the last of the major palaces…

Pelekita Cave
Pelekita Cave

Located north east of the small coastal village of Kato Zakros, between Karoumes and Kato Zakros beach. The cave can be reached by walking one hour from Kato Zakros, or from the beach of the village by using mechanized boats and…

Pefki – Dafni
Pefki – Dafni

We go onto the narrow asphalted way from Pefki village, which leads to Vreiko cave. We park the car where the asphalted road stops and we go on the distinctive path. In 10 min. walking we arrive at the known…

Chamezi Archaeological Site
Chamezi Archaeological Site

In the Hamezi area, 11 km from Sitia on a conical-shaped hill known as Souvloto Mouri (which means pointed- or sharp - faced), is the only oval house so far discovered of the Middle Minoan period. This is regarded as…

Zakros Water Museum
Zakros Water Museum

Zakros, one of the biggest villages in the Eastern Crete, known for the Minoan Palace in Kato Zakros but also for the abundance of water, the springs and the ravines with plan trees. The existence of water has always had…

Chamezi Folklore Museum
Chamezi Folklore Museum

The cultural association of the village and the Educational Society of Hamezi established the Folklore Museum of Hamezi. The museum as it is today was built in two different time periods. In 1978, when the Educational Society was formed, the…

Kavousi
Kavousi

It is built at the foot of two imposing mountains and it is one of the most interesting villages in Ierapetra. At an altitude of 140 meters with a view of the planted all over with olive trees flatland and…

Stavrochori
Stavrochori

It is an historic large village of Lasithi, renowned for its 24 churches and the festivals in memory of its Saints that take place during the whole year. It is built at an altitude of 313 meters, at a very…

Thripti Village
Thripti Village

More mountain climbing to go through unpaved road to an old and current mountain retreat, where excellent grape varieties produce equally good raki. Carry on to Afentis peak dominating the area from 1476m, for breathtaking views. A marvelous village on…

Pefki Gorge
Pefki Gorge

During summer, on a daily basis, cars occupied by Greek and overseas tourists arrive at Pefki village, where they walk through the alleys by taking photos of village and the surrounding area. Every visitor expresses their admiration to the locals for…

Pefki Village
Pefki Village

This village (420m altitude) is 36 km from Sitia and 30 from Ierapetra, situated on a small road which runs from Agios Stefanos to Stavrohori; it can also be reached by a side road (about 6 km) which turns inland…

Agios Stefanos
Agios Stefanos

30 kilometers east of Ierapetra there is the municipal unit of Agios Stefanos, which apart from the homonymous picturesque village, includes the most popular touristic resort of Makrys Gialos. The settlement of Agios Stefanos is built on a hill, at an…

Schinokapsala
Schinokapsala

Combining the beauties of the mountain with those of the sea, the local community of Schinokapsala stands out for its impressive mountainous relief and its beautiful beaches in the communities of Achlia, Mavros Kolympos and Galini. Ascending the slopes of…

Orino
Orino

This is one of the most westerly vίllages of the Sitia District towards the border shared with the District of lerapetra. It is about 11 km inland from the main Sitia - lerapetra road, and is reached by a side-road…

Agios Ioannis
Agios Ioannis

Agios Ioannis is a small traditional village built at the slope of the hill "Katalimata" 500m above the sea level and 18 kms away from Ierapetra. Its population now (2017) is 15-40 permanent inhabitants. As you ascend the way to…

Vreiko Cave
Vreiko Cave

The cave of Vreiko is located about 2km north-east of the village of Pefki, Makrigialos. It is a cave and gulch and the known depth is 25-30 metres. The Entrance is an open and flat place that looks like a…

Megalo And Mikro Katofigi Caves
Megalo and Mikro Katofigi Caves

The village Agios Georgios, is located 14 km away from Sitia on the Sitia-Makrigialos-Ierapetra road. Anyone interested in caves should not fail to visit the Micro Katofygi cave (425 m above sea level) north-west of the village on the slopes…

Zakros
Zakros

Epano Zakros is 38 km from Sitia. The road passes through Palekastro where it doubles back towards the south. Comparatively large village, Zakros includes in its community the following smaller villages: Kato Zakros, Adravasti, Azokeramos, Kellaria, Klisidi and the small…

Folklore Museum Of Pefki
Folklore Museum of Pefki

At the highest place of the village, next to the old school (which is not active any more) in a wonderfully kept building logdes the folklore museum of Pefki. It is consisted of 3 main rooms and you see a…

Folklore Museum Of Palekastro
Folklore Museum of Palekastro

The first attempt of the establishment of a folklore museum in Palekastro has been started in 1987 by the two cultural unions of Palekastro "Eleia" and "Itanos" with the support of Toplou Monastery and the village Council. In 1989 an…

Folklore Museum Of Sitia
Folklore Museum of Sitia

The Folklore Museum of Sitia was founded in 1975 by the educational and cultural association "Vintsenzos Kornaros". It contains many important folklore exhibits, mainly handwoven materials, embroideries, local costumes, furniture: Embroideries It includes linen table clothes, cotton handmade pillows, bedcovers…

Sitia
Sitia

Sitia, 18 km from Palekastro and 60 from Ierapetra, with a population of 9500 people, is the easternmost city on Crete and perhaps the least developed. Even during the busy summer peak, Sitia retains a certain charm and laid-back style.…

Ierapetra
Ierapetra

Having the distinction of being the southernmost town facing the African coast, Ierapetra enjoys the smoothest, almost rainless weather in Europe, with a temperature that rarely drops below 12 C all year long! No doubt, Ierapetra "the bridge of the…

Palekastro
Palekastro

The village of Palekastro is situated in the most eastern corner of the island. This unsophisticated, rural, Cretan village of 1300 inhabitants, has been relatively unaffected by the inroads of tourism despite its superb nearby beaches, where you can enjoy…

Makrigialos
Makrigialos

Makri Gialos is 35 km far from Sitia and 29 from Ierapetra. The name Makri Gialos means "long beach", which indeed it is the long sandy beach with crystal clear, shallow waters, is perfect for children and non-swimmers, and further…

Koutsouras
Koutsouras

Koutsouras Village: Α picturesque developing settlement built by the people of Stavrochori, by the sea on the South axe, 35κm away from Sitia on the way to lerapetra, which is seat of the Makris Gialos municipality. Ιn the last decades…

Petras Minoan Settlement Palekastro Archaeological Site Makrigialos Roman Villa Toplou Gorge Archaeological Museum Of Sitia Pano Peristeras Cave Peristeras Cave Oxolatsidi Cave Kapsa 05 Toplou Monastery Faneromenis Sitia Monastery Faneromenis Gournia Bebonas Village And Plateau Zou Village Maronia Katsidoni Agia Triada Ziros Village Kalo Chorio Roussa Eklisia Agios Georgios Dafni Chrisopigi Village Kria Village Skordilo Mesa Mouliana Mirsini Village Lastro Village Kato Zakros Gorge Minoan Palace In Kato Zakros Pelekita Cave Hiking: Pefki – Dafni Chamezi 9 Zakros Water Museum Hamezi Folklore Museum Kavousi Village Stavrohori Thripti Village And Plateau Pefki Gorge Pefki Village Agios Stefanos Village Schinokapsala Village Orino Village Agios Ioannis, Ierapetra Vreiko Cave Katofigi Caves Zakros Village Pefki Folklore Museum Palekastro Folklore Museum Folklore Museum Of Sitia Sitia Harbour Ierapetra Chiona Beach And Petsofas Peak At The Background Makrigialos Koutsouras
Accommodation..
Meltemi Taverna
Meltemi Restaurant, Agathias
Meltemi Restaurant, Agathias

The Meltemi taverna-Restaurant is situated in a lush green garden area in Agathias Village, providing cooling shade and a relaxing atmosphere. The distance to Palekastro is 1km and to the famous beaches of Kouremenos and Hiona is also 1km. Taverna…

Castri Village Hotel
Castri Village Hotel

It's a great pleasure to welcome you to Castri Village Hotel. The management team and the staff of our hotel will be there for you in order to provide you a time to remember. "CASTRI VILLAGE" is built near the…

Casa Di Mare, Kouremenos
Casa Di Mare, Kouremenos

Casa di Mare apartments located just 70m from the sandy beach of Kouremenos, in the middle of an olive grove of 6000sqm In Casa di Mare you will find Cretan hospitality combined with the personal care that the family owners…

Porto Heli Apartments
Porto Heli apartments

Are you planning your holidays and you are searching for the perfect accomodation in Crete? Come and visit our hotel Porto Heli in Palaikastro,the traditional village of east Crete,and experience the vacation of your dreams! The hotel Porto Heli is…

Ostria Hotel
Ostria Hotel

We welcome you to Hotel Ostria, Palekastro. Crete has much to offer its visitors: Sandy beaches, rocky mountains, a unique fauna, exellent food - the world famous cretan cusine- , significant archaeological and natural beauties. My name is Spiros Papadakis.…

Olga Beach Villas
Olga Beach Villas

This apartment complex is situated in Kouremenos bay 40 metres from the coast, a short distance from the village of Palekastro and 5 km from the famous Vai palm forest. 2  of the 5  Olga Beach  apartments in Kouremenos consists of a  big…

Thalassa Apartments
Thalassa apartments

Thalassa apartments offer charming self-catering accommodation for your holidays in Palekastro, Sitia and Eastern Crete. They are extremely well situated for easy access both to the beautiful Kouremenos Beach (just 300 m away) and to the famous Vai Palm Beach…

Sirines Studios, Agathias
Sirines studios, Agathias

In a verdurous olive grove at the edge of the traditional settlement of Agathias close to the village of Palekastro and very close to the famous beach of Hiona, we have created SIRINES, a small family block of 4 apartments…

House Margot Rooms, Palekastro
House Margot Rooms, Palekastro

Away from big touristic centres in the small village of Palekastro in the eastern side of Crete, where the image of the beaches has still remained unspoiled, where the old customs still stand, where the nature is still primitive, surrounded…

Akti Villas, Kouremenos
Akti Villas, Kouremenos

The complex is located in a quiet and picturesque area in Kouremenos Beach, 2 km far away from Palekastro village, east Crete. It is ideal for couples and families with children looking for quality and ultimately relaxing holidays away from…

Elia Studios, Agathias
Elia studios, Agathias

Elia Studios' complex of 6 studios - apartments (about 26-28m2 each one) is located on a quiet slope of a hill at the edge of the traditional settlement of Agathias at Palekastro area. Their exceptional position gives them superb views…

Vrachos Eco Studios, Kouremenos
Vrachos Eco Studios, Kouremenos

Vrachos Studios is a family-run studio complex in Kouremenos, Palekastro. Located 2,5km north of the village of Palekastro, Vrachos Studios lie just 800m from the famous beach of Kouremenos and offer a marvelous view to the Kouremenos Bay and to…

Anatoli Rooms, Agathias
Anatoli Rooms, Agathias

ANATOLI Rooms are located at the eastern side of the small, but picturesque traditional settlement of Agathias, 1 km far from the beach of Hiona and 1200m far from the beach of Kouremenos, known to the lovers of windsurfing. They…

Vaios Taverna, Palekastro
Vaios Taverna, Palekastro

1 km East from Palekastro you can find Agathias, a small and traditional village. Taverna - Restaurant Vaios is situated in Agathias, approximately 1000 m. from the famous beaches of Hiona and Kouremenos, and is one of the few traditional…

Restaurant Vai, Palekastro
Restaurant Vai, Palekastro

By the seaside, right on the sand you can find “Palm Beach Vai” restaurant – tavern. Here you can taste traditional recipes in a big variety. If you wish to get known to the Cretan Cuisine, then don’t hesitate to…

Meltemi Taverna Castri Village Hotel Casa Di Mare Apts Porto Heli Apts Ostria Hotel Olga Beach Villas Thalassa Villas Sirines Studios House Margot Rooms Akti Villas Elia Studios Vrachos Studios Anatoli Rooms Vaios Restaurant Vai Restaurant – Cafe
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