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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 hamlets of Ayios Georgios, Sfaka, Kanava and Skalia. The asphalt road ends at Kato Zakros.

In the Venetian census it is not mentioned even though it is sure that it existed, because it is marked on maps of the district as Xacro. It seems that it must have been destroyed by the Turkish raids of 1471 and 1538 and so abandoned. It is not even listed in the 1671 Turkish census, but only that of 1820.

The etymology of the name is unknown, though it is certainly a pre-Hellenic word. The theory held by some that it is connected with the Za-ka-ron, a sea people who invaded Egypt in the 13th century BC, does not seem to hold water. Angelakis believes that the name is a combination of the Aeolic Za, instead of Dia, with ‘akros’ : ‘Diakros’ : Extremity.

Ancient ruins have been located in all the following places: Xerokamboulina, Ambeles, Hiromandres, Anthropolithi, Koukou Kefali, Vigles, Skoulatsa, Tavernes, Skafi Vaklias and Pezoules Kefalas.

On the road to Kato Zakros, just outside the village are the remains of a Minoan villa of the late Minoan period which was excavated by Professor N.Platon. A built-in winepress was found here with two containers and a receptacle in which the must was collected.

Fragments of wall-paintings showing polychrome plant forms were also found, and the discovery of a pithos (storage jar) with a linear A inscription is considered important.

All this district is noticeable for the lush vegetation due to its famous springs, the most important of which are at Mesa Milos, Viglou, Anevaloussa and Palemilos.

From the book “Sitia”, N.Papadakis, Archaeologist

Zakros water springs offer a cool break among the plane trees. Water is abundant and has always been giving life to the surrounding area.

While reaching the sign for the Zakros water source, in the upper part of the village, you will find two paths. One leads towards the water spring, between plane trees and flowers. On your left hand, in the beginning of the path you will see the small church of Afentis Christos (Master Jesus).

The other path, leads to a lower ground with benches and tables, ideal for a relaxing picnic between trees.

From the water source begins a magnificent ravine with age-long plane trees leading to the gorge of the Dead.

Zakros Source Gallery

Sights..
Zakros Water Museum
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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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Accommodation..
Coral Rooms
Kato Zakros Beachfront Accommodation
Kato Zakros Beachfront accommodation

Coral rooms in coastal resort Kato Zakros for your holidays - vacation. Whether you sit on the terrace or gaze at the view of the beach and sea below from your room, Coral Rooms provide the real sea-side experience with…

Zeus Studios Xerokambos
Zeus studios Xerokambos

At the northern entrance of Xerokambos, on the main road that runs through the village to Ziros, “Zeus” Apartments are located. The accommodation consists of three one-room studio, one two-rooms apartment and a room without a kitchen. The studios and…

Terra Minoika Villas
Terra Minoika Villas

TERRA MINOIKA VILLAS The valley, overgrown with olive-trees, vineyards and gardens The ramshackled carcass of the Minoan Palace The entrance to the Dead's Gorge, carved in perpendicular slopes as if by Titans, within numerable caves and wild goats around The…

Ambeles Studios
Ambeles studios

In one of the quietest corners of eastern Crete, in the beauty of nature, 2 km far from the spectacular beach of Kato Zakros «Ambeles Apartments» are located. Built at an altitude of 200m. with panoramic view over the eastern…

Villa Petrino
Villa Petrino

At the most south eastern part of Crete, named Xerokambos, you will find “Villa Petrino”, a complex of 6 studios in a beautiful garden, in the same plot with “Kostas” tavern, built with a great zest. The wide sea, the…

Cavali Apartments
Cavali apartments

The Cavali Apartments, located in a beautiful location in Xerokampos about 50 meters from the beach of Ambelos and 100 meters from Akrogiali Tavern, is a modern and comfortable facility, completed in 2008 and owned by Manolis Voutirakis. This is…

Stella’s Traditional
Stella’s Traditional

Stella’s Traditional resort is built right on the top of the amphitheatric, fertile valley of Kato Zakros, looking the sea high above the olive, orange and lemon trees . The sea-shore, which is only 500 metres away, is quite close…

Kato Zakros Palace Apartments
Kato Zakros Palace apartments

The owners George and Haroula Platanakis take great pleasure in informing you that they have built a small family tourist complex in Kato Zakros. The complex is located at the top of a hill offering a panoramic view onto the…

Ambeles Taverna, Kato Zakros
Ambeles Taverna, Kato Zakros

AMPELES tavern is located next to the apartments by the main road Zakros – Kato Zakros, in an excellent position within the wild Cretan countryside, offering spectacular view of the Kato Zakros bay. We offer unique traditional Cretan cuisine with…

Taverna Kostas, Xerokambos
Taverna Kostas, Xerokambos

Michalis and his mother Chrisanti Theodorakis are welcoming and inviting you in Xerokambos to "Taverna Kostas". For over 20 years now, Chrisanthi cooks her Greek and Cretan specialties with passion, a unique enjoyment full of fresh vegetables. Meat and fresh…

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