Zakros combining culture with beach relaxation

Zakros is a beautiful and pristine seaside village ideal for guests who are looking for a place to enjoy a more authentic holiday experience in Crete and at the same time an ideal base to explore the eastern part of the island. Kato Zakros is a destination for fusing adventure with a bit of sun-soaking and relaxation at the very eastern edge of Crete.

In Kato Zakros, beach and nature and lovers will be as close as they can get to experience the dream by the sea in Crete. This little hideaway south of Palaikastro is a holiday destination aligned to a smooth and alternative form of tourism to enjoy the sea and the mountain-scapes.

The fishing village “Lower” Zakros (Kato Zakros) sits by a sandy and pebbled beach formed within a large protected bay. The broader area is offering echo tourism activities like hiking, biking and fishing. Zakros is a place where flora, fauna, and cultural heritage are the primary attractions. The last section of the European E4 path ends here, shortly before the Μinoan Palace of Zakros and the beach at Kato Zakros.

Spend some time exploring Kato Zakros’ cultural landmarks that are married beautifully with relaxing holidays soaking up the sun on the islands’ east coast. Discover the natural wonders of this beautiful side of Crete, including the Gorge of the Dead and the Minoan Palace o Zakros before rejuvenating your feet in the clear crisp waters of the Mediterranean. Don’t miss visiting the two beautifully isolated beaches of Xerokambos, only 9 km far from Kato Zakros.

Zakros’ gorge is one of the most impressive in Crete, with its steep sides and harsh rock formations. Also known as “Gorge of the Dead”, the footpath through the gorge is important for its ancient history and its scenic landscape, an activity that will really immerse you in the unspoilt, natural beauty of Crete.

The rocky and sandy beach of Kato Zakros is ideal to whisk yourself away to the crystal clear waters and enjoy incredible blissful moments, which is best reflected on whilst lying on a sunny beach and tucking into fresh seafood. A string of tavernas lines the bay; the optional visit to Nostos restaurant is not to be missed – it’s a delicious insight into authentic Crete’s flavours and cuisine, a few meters from the sea.

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