Trekking the Valley of the Dead

Trekking in Zakros Gorge is now fully marked with well-organised trails established by Elias and Stella Pagianidis, trekking experts and conservationists who have painstakingly marked out all the trails within the gorge and are more than helpful giving advice to walkers.

There are two trailheads off the road from Zakros to Kato Zakros. From Entrance A parking area it takes 1½ to two hours to Kato Zakros, the end of the 2.5km gorge. Entrance B, a bit further down the road, is an easier route, taking just 45 minutes. The stretch between A and B is the most beautiful. The round-trip walk from Zakros takes four hours. We recommend you do the trip outside of winter, because there is still water in the gorge as late as April.

There’s also a new route marked to Pelekita Cave in Karoumes, 3.5km from Kato Zakros. With magnificent views of the sea 100m below, this 300m-long cave also has signs of neolithic habitation within its stalactite- and stalagmite-rich interior. To explore it bring decent trainers and a torch.