Welcome to Zakros & Kato Zakros
Zakros, 45km southeast of Sitia, is the starting point for the trail through Zakros Gorge, also known as the Valley of the Dead because of the Minoan burial caves that honeycomb the canyon cliffs. Zakros, however, is a mere prelude to coastal Kato Zakros, 7km down a winding road. Shortly before reaching the village, you can see the huge jaw of Zakros Gorge breaching the cliffs. Look closely and you can also make out the ruins of the Minoan palace just up from Kato Zakros' pebbly, narrow beach and row of tavernas. Add to all of this the isolated tranquillity and sense of peace, and you have the perfect recipe for escapism.