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Kato Zakros, East Crete

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Kato Zakros, Eastern Crete

Kato zakrosKato Zakros is a coastal village 8 km away from Pano Zakros at a magnificent bay. Is the most impressive small fishing village, hidden away in the east corner of Crete. Anyone staying in Kato Zakros will want to walk down the "Valley of the Dead", approximately a 2-hour walk, which leads down from Pano Zakros, to the sea at Kato Zakros

In 1961 the renowned archaeologist Nikolaos Platon traced and excavated the fourth Minoan Palace Crete (The Palace of Zakros!!). The first to trace evidence of ancient ruins was Spratt. After him the archaeologists' ΗaΙbherr and Mariani, Evans and Hogarth searched the area, while golden jewels found by a peasant and the finds handed in by Em. Figetakis and Ν.Karantonis gave evidence of the existence of ancient sites. The overall size of the central building was bigger than 10 acres and there were about 250 chambers for different use. The palace was not looted when found so although smaller than the ones in Knossos, Festos and Mallia, the finds there were more in number (over a 1000) and more significant, thus giving us valuable information about the life and civilization of the Minoans. Many of them are "royal", real pieces of art.

The palace was mostly developed due to its geographic position. It was the big port of call for the Minoan ships coming­ from and heading to Egypt and the East. This was evidenced by the many finds and raw materials coming from these areas. The handicraft and arts were particularly developed in the Palace of Zakros and were very profitable. The palace finds are exhibited in the Museums of Heraklion, Sitia and Agios Nikolaos. The palace was unexpectedly destroyed by the volcanic eruption in about 1500 B.C.

The Greek Fund of the Archaeological Resources and Expropriations (TAPA) has published a brief guide where you can find basic information. Moreover interesting excavations have taken place in the palace annexes. The old palace was located there, a metal furnace was found and other buildings were revealed with numerous finds, plates of the linear Α and Β etc. In the gorge of Zakros (that is why it was named the gorge of the dead) and on the hill of Agios Antonios tombs in caves were excavated. The porous stone quarry with which the palace  was built was found at Pelekita as well as a cave with traces of Neolithic habitation (cave of Pelekita). Kato Zakros is an archaeological paradise in a pure natural landscape of exceptional beauty.

Kato Zakros fishing coastal village

Kato Zakros is a most impressive small fishing village, hidden away in the east corner of Crete. There are several excel­lent fish taverns on the beach, ideal for relax­ing, long lunches or for romantic evening meals.

Kato ZakrosKato Zakros Fish

Gorge of the dead - E4 in Kato Zakros
Anyone staying in Kato Zakros will want to walk down the "Valley of the Dead", approximately a 2-hour walk, which leads down from Pano Zakros, to the sea at Kato Zakros.
 Gorge of the dead - E4 in Kato zakrosKato Zakros gorge - E4 

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  • Comment Link Karen Tuesday, 09 February 2016 22:27 posted by Karen

    We have been 4 times in Kato Zakros. It is very beautiful and scenic!! We will definitely visit again!

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