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Hiking in Palekastro area with view to Kastri hill and to Kouremenos bay

The small plateau south of Palekastro and the pictursque chapel in the midst

Sunrise in Karoumes bay, exceptional beach between Palekastro and Kato Zakros

Windsurfing in Kouremenos Bay

The bay of Kato Zakros and the Deads Gorge in the background

Palm Beach Vai, 7km north of Palekastro village

Xerokambos Beach, 10km south from  Zakros

The mountainous area of Karidi

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Karidi plateauA completely different picture than by other parts of Sitia is projected on the plateau of "Karydi", located on the mountainous area on the southeast of Sitia and west of Zakros. Here is the "Kingdom of Stone", the "rocky-garden" of Nikos Kazantzakis, the imprints of the world's creation.

Here visitors experience in the most direct way the mystic genesis of the earth and the traces of the complex geological procedures that shaped the island of Crete. Here is where God spoke with the stones!

Here is the place where the architecture of the rock and the sculpture of nature meet their perfection, creating masterpieces of divine inspiration. This is also the place where one can admire the power of humanity. Through stone, the human managed to survive and create civilization! The stone-made houses, the stockyards, the shepherd's huts, the dams, the vineyards, and the gardens surrounded by stonewalls, suddenly become works of admiration and symbols of human ability and will to survive, create and develop.

Here is where the popular "mantinada" (Cretan poems/rimes) of Kostis Fragkoulis-Antaios finds its vivid expression: "Lots of stone, little water, the ground dispersed, this is Sitia, the beautiful, with the nice people!"

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  • Comment Link Jianis Thursday, 14 August 2014 23:30 posted by Jianis

    Karydi Info Center

    The Info Center at Karydi is hosted at the old school of the village and is dedicated to the speleological research. The center offers information on the Nature Park, the nearby geo-routes and the activities that can be implemented, but also can be used for accommodation of small groups and scientists.

    Center is equipped with the necessary infrastructure and facilities for stay and sleep that can be used by speleologists, biologists, schools etc., that are interested to study the environment and caves of this mountainous area. It also can provide visitors with the necessary equipment for personal security and orientation.

    Visitors who wish to use this infrastructure should communicate with Parks authorities or the Municipality of Sitia.

    Article by http://www.sitia-geopark.gr

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