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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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Palekastro, East Crete

PalekastroPalekastro is a lively, unpretentious village, at the east coast of Crete 20 km away from Sitia and the seat of the Region of Itanos. It was named after an old castle. Although the village is growing, it manages tο retain its character and charm. The village square is the centre οf activities and is lined with cafes and taverns. Many pleasant hours can be passed here, watching the world go by.

 During the summer months, weddings are often held in the village, with the huge wedding feast taking place in the square, tο which everyone is invited. Α chance to try your hand at Cretan dancing!

The town of Palekastro is an agricultural town which has opened its arms to embrace the mass tourism which has not quite arrived yet. There are plenty of working class taverns in the central part of town and plenty of working class people to fill them at night.

The town is slowly being built up as apartment buildings and hotels have sprung from the ruins of the traditional stone family dwellings which have been allowed to collapse in favour of commerce.

Palekastro with the fertile grounds, important antiquities and marvellous beaches is the liveliest and a greatly developing settlement in the Sitia district. In the town there is a folk museum and many cultural events are taking place.

Kouremenos Beach, Palekastro

Αn enjoyable 20 minute walk from Palekastro through olive groves leads to a number of beautiful, quiet beaches, one of which being at Kouremenos bay, famous for windsurfing.

 Kouremenos BeachWindsurfing in Kouremenos beach

 Palm Beach Vai, Palekastro

Europe's largest natural palm grove, bordering the beautiful beach of Vai is just 8km from Palekastro and is well-worth a visit.

Palm Beach VaiPalm Beach Vai

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Kato Zakros, East Crete

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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