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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

East Crete and the gorges

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East Crete gorgesThe wider region of Sitia, and especially its southeastern part, is characterized by exceptionally beautiful gorges, where orange and grey-green colours prevail on their rocky cliffs, creating gorgeous scenes of wild nature. The gorges of the region and of Crete in general, were created about 2 millions years ago, when Crete took its final form.

Major tectonic changes formed the island to a large degree, and then environmental changes and erosions formed its final form. The geological structure of the Sitia region was perfect for the creation of gorges that, in turn, contribute to the creation of a rich and diverse landscape. Visitors will feel the presence of this geological wealth in every step and during spring and summer, lovely scents cover the atmosphere in these gorges that are considered the heaven of aromatic and medicinal plants since Minoan times. There is also a rich diversity of flora and fauna. Populations of important and rare species of the animal kingdom find shelter at the stiff cliffs of the gorges, such as griffon vultures and hawks.

There is a sacred relationship between the people of Sitia and the gorges since antiquity, when nature was worshiped and ancient Cretan deities were closely connected with its reproductive abilities.

The Gorge "ton nekron" ("Faraghi ton nekron", meaning, the gorge of the dead) in Zakros is a place that carries these ancient roots and bonds of humans with nature. A visit to the gorges of the region is at the same time a journey in ancient nature, in the civilization and history of Sitia. The natural landscape in this journey constantly changes. The landscape varies from green lands, rich in vegetation to dry, wild and naked areas. In spring, the green cliffs release the scents of pure Cretan nature.

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