Kato Zakros is a traditional fishing village located in the eastern part of Crete, about 107km from Agios Nikolaos and 40km from Sitia. This remote area is perfect for those looking for a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of city life, and it is ideal for families. The village is small but offers all the necessary amenities, such as rooms, taverns, mini markets, pharmacies, and petrol stations. Moreover, there are bus routes running from Sitia. The locals are welcoming and will make you feel right at home.
The picturesque beach of Kato Zakros is located on the edge of the settlement. It is mainly composed of pebbles and rocks, and it is known for its tranquil and crystal-clear waters, making it a great spot for fishing.
The region boasts a wealth of archaeological sites, such as the famous Minoan palace of Zakros, which is the fourth largest palace after Knossos, Phaestus, and Malia. The palace was built in 1900BC and destroyed in 1450BC, like the other palaces in Crete. Visitors can visit the archaeological site, but the most important findings are kept in the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion.
Another must-see attraction in Kato Zakros is the Deads’ Gorge, a wild canyon with many Minoan graves. It takes about two hours to hike from Zakros village to the canyon. Also, there are springs of Zakros that create a small oasis with plane trees amidst the wild landscape of Eastern Crete. Lastly, visitors can take a boat (or make a difficult walk) to the Pelekita Cave, which is one of the largest in Crete and has traces of Neolithic habitation.