Restaurants-Taverns in Sitia Palekastro, Kato Zakros East Crete Traditional Cretan cuisine - Palekastro Kato Zakros Xerokambos | East Crete - Palekastro Kato Zakros Xerokambos | East Crete http://eastcrete-holidays.gr Sun, 11 Feb 2018 21:56:06 +0200 By www.web-crete.net en-gb Climbing in Kato Zakros http://eastcrete-holidays.gr/en/activities/climbing/121-climbing-in-kato-zakros http://eastcrete-holidays.gr/en/activities/climbing/121-climbing-in-kato-zakros

Climbing in Kato ZakrosThe former Itanos Municipal Enterprise, has marked free climbing routes at the gorge of Kato Zakros, accessible all year round.

The alternative vacation proposition, for those looking for extreme fun! All routes are covered and offer pleasurable, safe climbing. You will find many routes, suited to all levels and abilities and suitable for all tastes.

At the famous gorge of Kato Zakros, also known as "Gorge of the Dead", located at the final stretch of the European path E4, the Itanos Municipal Enterprise has established a variety of free climbing routes, suitable for climbers of all levels, and has bought the relevant equipment, which is for rent to those interested.

The free climbing routes of Kato Zakros are accessible all year round; moreover, climbing is possible at all times of the day, on the right- or left- hand side of the entrance to the gorge, where the routes are marked.

To repeat the routes a 50m rope is required and 8-10 sets.

All routes are covered; RP by double-ring relay.

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service@webcrete.com (Itanos) Climbing Wed, 03 Apr 2013 23:59:07 +0300
East Crete and the gorges http://eastcrete-holidays.gr/en/culture/natural-environment/59-east-crete-gorges http://eastcrete-holidays.gr/en/culture/natural-environment/59-east-crete-gorges

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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service@webcrete.com (Itanos) Natural environment Mon, 11 Feb 2013 14:33:10 +0200
Gorge of the dead in Zakros http://eastcrete-holidays.gr/en/sights/gorges/117-gorge-of-the-dead-in-zakros http://eastcrete-holidays.gr/en/sights/gorges/117-gorge-of-the-dead-in-zakros

Zakros gorge"Faraggi ton Nekron" (gorge of the dead) or the gorge of Zakros

There is a sacred relationship between the people of east Crete 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.

The most famous and most visited gorge of eastern Crete. A wonderful route that starts southeast from the village "Ano Zakros", crosses the gorge and ends next to the Minoan palace in the gulf of "Kato Zakros". It is accessible year-round, spans 2,5 km in length and the altitude difference from the entrance to the exit is about 100 meters.

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service@webcrete.com (Itanos) Gorges Sat, 23 Mar 2013 01:39:11 +0200
Hametoulo-Xerokambos gorge http://eastcrete-holidays.gr/en/sights/gorges/16-hametoulo-xerokambos http://eastcrete-holidays.gr/en/sights/gorges/16-hametoulo-xerokambos

Hametoulo - Xerokambos gorgeThis impressive small gorge of Hametoulo starts from the region of Ziros by an altitute of 6oom, but you can enter by the region of small and traditional village Hametoulo and ends at the beautiful beach south of Xerokambos. It is relatively easy to cross. It is about 3,0 km long and the altitude difference from the entrance to the exit is about 400 meters.

For walkers Xerokambos is a paradise, with little-known places (Xerokambos gorge, 3km north from Hametoulo gorge) and unknown ravines, gorges and canyons. It is also ideal for beach lovers. It can also be a starting point for trips, with tourist highlights. For those who would like themselves to be comfortable, there'sa child friendly beach with sun beds and umbrellas. It is also a true paradise for divers.

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service@webcrete.com (Itanos) Gorges Fri, 22 Apr 2011 09:40:13 +0300
Karoumes beach http://eastcrete-holidays.gr/en/sights/beaches/133-karoumes http://eastcrete-holidays.gr/en/sights/beaches/133-karoumes

Karoumes beachAccess to Karoumes beach can be done only by walking in the gorge of Hochlakies, which starts east of the village of Hochlakies, since the rugged terrain of the area has kept off the roads. Thus, in order to come here you should leave your car in the picturesque village of Chochlakia and follow the trail that starts 1km east of the village.

The gorge is 3.5km long and has water till summer. The walk usually takes 1.5 hours (in very low tempo), but the canyon is inaccessible in winter. The path along the river is breathtaking, as the gorge with its towering cliffs maneuvers through the bare mountains. In the route you meet several ponds (in spring) and a huge variety of plants. Near the exit, the high surrounding walls turn to a little valley.


At the edge of the valley you will find the beautiful beach of Karoumes. The beach has small pebbles and the water is always calm, since it has eastern orientation. Also, there are many trees offering shade and some rocks on the north side of the beach. The beach is ideal for seclusion because of its distance from the urban centers and the difficult access.

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service@webcrete.com (Itanos) Beaches Tue, 07 May 2013 21:17:15 +0300
Kato Zakros, East Crete http://eastcrete-holidays.gr/en/accommodation/zakros http://eastcrete-holidays.gr/en/accommodation/zakros

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.
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service@webcrete.com (Itanos) Villages Tue, 12 Mar 2013 11:46:24 +0200
The Palace and the Minoan Settlement of Zakros http://eastcrete-holidays.gr/en/sights/ancient-and-historical-sites/15-minoan-palace-at-zakros http://eastcrete-holidays.gr/en/sights/ancient-and-historical-sites/15-minoan-palace-at-zakros

Kato Zakros PalaceOpening hours: 8:30 - 3:00 - Tel.: 28430 26897

The first excavation in Kato Zakros was performed by the British D. Hogarth, in 1901. Then, the remains of a Minoan settlement came to the surface, indicating a flourished society. The most important of Hogarth's findings were the about 300 clay stamps on coins, indicating some sort of bureaucratic system of control or a number of commercial affairs.

Some of these stamps originate from Knossos, something that indicates the close relationship of Knossos and Zakros, at least during the 15th century BC. In 1962, the Ephore of Cretan Antiquities N. Platon started a new excavation in the valley of Kato Zakros. The Greek archeologist was convinced that this position was "hiding" something more important than a "naval settlement", as it seemed to be the center of a culture, recognized by the ceramic products of the wider region.

The excavation results were indeed impressive. The excavations revealed a Minoan palace and a settlement surrounding it, dispersed over the slopes of the two hills of the valley. Important findings came to light during the research of the Minoan tombs, most of which were "sheltered" in natural caves, in the gorge of Zakros -that after the findings was renamed as "the gorge of the dead" ("faraghi ton nekron") - but also in other positions, such as in "Mavro Aulaki" southeast from the gulf and "Spiliara", on the north slope of the valley. The palace of Zakros - as it is preserved today- was constructed during the 16th century BC.

It is possible that it replaced an older public building, as indicated by the remains found under the east wing of the palace. Only at this spot it was possible to further excavate, since agricultural acitivity during the 20th century -and before the excavations- had totally destroyed this part of the palace. In terms of architecture, the palace of Zakros has several similarities with the larger palace of Knossos. In Zakrosl like in Knossos, the west wing (the section of the construction west from the central yard) accommodated the chambers of the shrine: the main shrine, next to a ritual room that A. Evans named "Lustral Basin", the treasury of the ritual objects and the majestic chambers of the rituals and the feasts, which in the case of Zakros were located on the ground floor.

The placement of the main spaces of storage of agricultural products, of the palace treasury and of other spaces of processing valuable materials at the west wing, reaffirms the theory that the economic management of the Minoan state was in the hands of a powerful ministry. The east wing, like in Knossos, was probably used as the "accommodation area". The other two wings seem to have been of secondary importance. Laboratories were probably located at the south wing, as in some of the chambers valuable processed, unprocessed or semi-processed materials have been found (such as marble, crystals, ivory, ect). At the north wing there was another "Lustral Basin" which was probably connected with the entrance of visitors in the palace. The central gate of the palace was also the end of a cental road leading to the Minoan port.

The close relationship and the similarities between Zakros and Knossos might lead to the conclusion that the latter was the metropolis of the former. Most of the buildings that form the Minoan settlement were probably built at the same time as the palace. Many of the buildings have "copied" architecture styles from the palace. Almost all the buildings had two floors with one or two stairways connecting the chambers of the two floors. The study of the ceramics had led to the conclusion that the settlement and the palace of Zakros were completely destroyed in 1450 BC. The destruction was probably caused by some natural disaster (an earthquake or the eruption of the volcano of Thira), as it was deserted for a long time and the palace was never re-constructed. Parts of the settlement were later re-inhabited for a short period of time (1400 -1300 BC), but since then the area never managed to re-establish its old glory.

Information: 24th Ephorate Of Prehistoric And Classical Antiquities
(Mon-Fri) 7:00 -14:30
Tel: 28410 22462

 

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service@webcrete.com (Itanos) Ancient sites Fri, 22 Apr 2011 09:32:24 +0300
Xerokambos Beach http://eastcrete-holidays.gr/en/sights/beaches/7-xerokambos http://eastcrete-holidays.gr/en/sights/beaches/7-xerokambos

Xerokambos beachXerokambos beach and village is located 10 km south from Zakros village and 28km from Palekastro. In Xerokampos the landscape is arid and truly eerie, characterized by bare rocks and steep mountains. The vegetation is limited to bushes and there are some places with a few olive groves. A small tourist destination has started developing during the last years, especially after the roads were paved with asphalt.

Xerokambos is ideal for relaxing holidays and is not suggested for party animals. In the village you will find rooms, mini markets and taverns. Pharmacy, butcher and petrol station can be found at Zakros (15 minutes by car), while for withdrawing cash you have to drive up to Ziros (30 ').

All beaches of Xerokambos are unique, with exotic colors and many isolated points. They are all crystal clear and quite shallow, but you should be careful not to swim far from the coast as there are many currents: The locals say that when a boat sinks in Xerokampos it will be found later in Libya.

Now, very easy to reach through a new asphalt-road, Xerokambos is a settlement of houses and holiday areas in the middle of olive trees, in a wonderful, nearly natural landscape with mountains, fantastic sand beaches and a deep blue sea. Xerokambos is popular among with the native tourists, but still very quiet, without hotels with loud animations and bars and discotheques.

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service@webcrete.com (Itanos) Beaches Mon, 18 Apr 2011 06:41:20 +0300
Xerokambos Village http://eastcrete-holidays.gr/en/sights/villages/6-xerokambos http://eastcrete-holidays.gr/en/sights/villages/6-xerokambos

Xerokambos villageXerókampos (GR: Ξερόκαμπος) is a beautiful coastal settlement 10km far from Zakros village and 28km far from Palekastro, in a place of natural beauty.
The distance from Ziros is 20 km and from Heraklion airport 175 km. The wonderful beaches, the healthy climate and the important ancient places of interest attract both Greek and foreign visitors.

The settlement offers a infrastructure of small hotels, apartments, taverns, super markets and supporting facilities.
Xerokampos is an old settlement. It is first recorded in the 1583 Venetian census. The ancients were certainly aware of the beauty of this place and its important position and the site has been inhabited since the Minoan times.

The settlement would appear to have been at the spot called Katsounaki and on Trahilas hill a peak sanctuary already looted was discovered. There are important ancient sites from Hellenic times on the hills of Antisternia and Farmakokefalo.

At Farmakokefalo where the excavations are under the authority of the archaeologist N. Papadakis an important town, mainly of the Hellenistic era was brought to light. It is possible that the town is Ambelos which various literary sources and correlation place in this area of Crete.

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service@webcrete.com (Itanos) Villages Mon, 18 Apr 2011 06:32:34 +0300