Palekastro (pah-leh-kas-tro) is an unpretentious farming village underpinned with low-key tourism. It lies in a rocky landscape interspersed with fields and is within easy distance of a beach at Kouremenos as well as the beaches of Moni Toplou and Vaï. The village has most services and facilities. If you want to explore widely your own transport is more or less essential.

About 1km each of town, towards Hiona Beach, is the archaeological site of Roussolakkos, where archaeologists believe a major Minoan palace is buried. This is where the Palekastro Kouros (ivory figurine) – now residing in the Archaeological Museum in Sitia – was found.