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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

Crete Island

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Kato ZakrosCrete is the largest island of Greece and the fifth largest island in the Mediterranean, it is situated approximately 175 km south of Athens and is divided into the four prefectures of Hania, Rethimno, Iraklio and Lasithi. It has an area of about 8300 sq km. The island is elongated, measuring 260 km long from east to west and between 15 and 60 km North to South.


The coastline is over 1000 km long and is extremely varied in its characteristics, consisting of both sandy and rocky beaches and majestic mountainous scenery. The high mountains are a characteristic of the Cretan landscape and form three mountain complexes, each with their own distinctive 'personality' between which lie semi-mountainous zones which form the greater coverage of the island.

CreteThe rugged countryside inspires artists, painters and photographers alike. In late January, after a relatively short mild winter, spring bursts in to life with a spectacular display of wild flowers. Red poppies and mustard yellow flowers carpet the olive groves; on uncultivated ground wild anemone, tulips and delicate orchids bloom.



The warm, genuine friendliness of the local people continues to amaze and delight every visitor, which is why so many people choose Crete as their holiday destination year after year.

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Being one of the most southerly parts of Europe, Crete enjoys over 300 days of sunshine each year! In the summer months, the heat is alleviated on the north coast by the breezes of the "Meltemi". The start of the break-up of the long, dry months usually begins at the end of October. January and February form the real winter, yet often have lovely bright, sunny, warm days.

This website made by the Hoteliers Association of Itanos municipality with the collaboration of Municipal Enterprise and the Professional association, in order to facilitate your visit in our municipality.

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