Palekastro (pah-leh-kas-tro) is an unpretentious farming village underpinned by low-key tourism. It lies in a rocky landscape interspersed with fields close to the beaches at Kouremenos (with Crete's best windsurfing), Hiona and Vaï. In the village you'll find an ATM, a gas station and small markets.
About 1km east of town, about 150m south of Hiona Beach, is the archaeological site of Roussolakkos, where archaeologists are digging up a Minoan town and hoping for evidence of a major Minoan palace. This is where the Palekastro Kouros ivory figurine – now residing in the Archaeological Museum in Sitia – was found.