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Xerokambos Gorge (Lamnoni)

Gorge description

The Xerokambos Canyon, also known as Ziros Canyon, Hamaitoulo Canyon, or Lamnoni Canyon, is among the driest gorges in Eastern Crete. This gorge once served as a pathway from Ziros to Xerokambos. A hike through this gorge is relatively easy, taking roughly two hours to complete. The canyon is renowned for its rugged charm, featuring towering bare walls and sparse vegetation. As you traverse the gorge, you’ll be able to glimpse the expansive South Cretan Sea in the distance. During the summer, the area can become quite hot with little shade available. It’s recommended that one person in your group drives to the top entrance of the canyon at the small Lamnoni plateau or to the second entrance near Hamaitoulo village, then meets the rest of the group in Xerokampos. There, they can enjoy the area’s stunning sea views and emerald beaches.

Traveling from Xerokampos to the Ziros plateau, the gorge’s exit is clearly visible. From Ziros, head towards the abandoned Lamnoni settlement, approximately 4 km east. Here, you can follow the ravine that soon becomes the gorge. Initially, you’ll come across a small water fountain and may need to open a few gates to allow goats to graze. From this point, you can enter the gorge and walk towards its exit near the Ziros – Xerokampos road. The gorge then extends to Lygia beach.


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Most frequent asked questions

What is Xerokambos Gorge (Lamnoni)?

Xerokambos Gorge (Lamnoni) is a hiking gorge located in the Lasithi region.

What type of gorge is Xerokambos Gorge (Lamnoni)?

Xerokambos Gorge (Lamnoni) is a hiking gorge.

Is there water in Xerokambos Gorge (Lamnoni)?

Generally, Xerokambos Gorge (Lamnoni) is dry.

How accessible is Xerokambos Gorge (Lamnoni)?

Xerokambos Gorge (Lamnoni) is accessible via a dirt track.

What is the length of Xerokambos Gorge (Lamnoni)?

Xerokambos Gorge (Lamnoni) is 5 km long.

What is the difficulty level of Xerokambos Gorge (Lamnoni) on a scale of 1 to 10?

Xerokambos Gorge (Lamnoni) has a difficulty level of 2 out of 10.

How long does it take to hike Xerokambos Gorge (Lamnoni)?

It takes approximately 2.5 hours to hike Xerokambos Gorge (Lamnoni).

What is the altitude difference in Xerokambos Gorge (Lamnoni)?

The altitude difference in Xerokambos Gorge (Lamnoni) is 600.Note: The gorge name, Xerokambos Gorge (Lamnoni), has been included in every question for clarity and consistency.

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Stays near Xerokambos Gorge (Lamnoni)

  • 9.8 / 10
  • xerokampos

Perched on a hill, just 100 metres from the beach of Xerokampos, Natica Mare Villas offer elegantly decorated houses with unobstructed views over the Libyan Sea. The split-level units feature a living room with fireplace and enjoy free Wi-Fi access.

Opening to spacious balconies with unobstructed views of the sea, the houses of Natica are fitted with modern furnishings and earthy colours. Each air-conditioned unit has a kitchen with dining area, fridge and a stove. A washing machine, a safe and an LCD satellite TV with DVD player are available. Upon arrival, guests are offered Cretan wine, alcoholic beverages and homemade sweets.

Guests will find a mini market within 500 metres from the property. Zakros Village is located 20 km away and Sitia Airport is at a distance of 60 km. Free private parking is possible on site.

  • 1.6 km
  • Επαρχιακή Οδός Ζήρου Παλαιοκάστρου

Featuring air-conditioned accommodation with a terrace, Ιδιωτικό στυλ και ατμόσφαιρα is set in Xerokampos. It has a private beach area, pool with a view, sea views and free WiFithroughout the property.

Boasting a Xbox One, the holiday home has a kitchen with a dishwasher, an oven and a microwave, a living room with a seating area and a dining area, 8 bedrooms, and 8 bathrooms with a walk-in shower and a hot tub. Towels and bed linen are offered in the holiday home.

The holiday home offers an outdoor fireplace. Guests can relax in the garden at the property.

Xerokampos Beach is 700 metres from Ιδιωτικό στυλ και ατμόσφαιρα, while Alatsolimni Beach is 2.5 km from the property. The nearest airport is Sitia Public Airport, 46 km from the accommodation.




  • 1.7 km
  • 9.7 / 10
  • Xerokampos Zirou Sitia

Offering self-catering accommodation with unobstructed Libyan Sea views, the stone Krinakia Villas is located in Xerokampos Village, just 150 metres from the beach. Free WiFi access is available in all areas.

The apartments and houses include air conditioning, and a living room with a satellite TV and DVD player. There is also a fully equipped kitchen, and a bathroom with a bath or shower and a hairdryer. Some units have a fireplace.

At Krinakia Villas you will find a garden and BBQ facilities. A mini market is 400 metres, and the closest taverna is within 1.5 km.

This property is 60 km from Sitia Public Airport. Free private parking is possible on site.




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Aqua Bliss features quiet street views, free WiFi and free private parking, set in Xerokampos, 400 metres from Xerokampos Beach.

Offering a terrace or balcony with views of the sea and mountain, the units feature air conditioning, a seating area, satellite flat-screen TV and kitchen. An oven, a toaster and fridge are also featured, as well as a coffee machine and a kettle.

A car rental service is available at the apartment.

Alatsolimni Beach is 1.8 km from Aqua Bliss, while Vai Palm Forest is 37 km away. The nearest airport is Sitia Public Airport, 46 km from the accommodation.




  • 2.1 km
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Located in Xerokampos, 1.3 km from Alatsolimni Beach and 1.4 km from Xerokampos Beach, Coastal Charm-Getaway to Artichoke’s Seaside Oasis provides air-conditioned accommodation with a patio and free WiFi. The Vai Palm Forest is within 36 km of the apartment.

The 2-bedroom apartment is equipped with a living room with a TV, a fully equipped kitchen with oven and fridge, and 1 bathroom with a hair dryer. Towels and bed linen are provided in the apartment.

The nearest airport is Sitia Public Airport, 45 km from the apartment.

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  • 8.8 / 10
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Thea apartments has sea views, free WiFi and free private parking, situated in Xerokampos, 1.1 km from Alatsolimni Beach.

Each unit has a terrace, a fully equipped kitchen with an oven, a fireplace, a seating area, a flat-screen TV, a washing machine, and a private bathroom with shower and a hair dryer. A toaster, a fridge and stovetop are also available, as well as a coffee machine and a kettle.

The holiday home offers a picnic area.

If you would like to discover the area, windsurfing, diving and fishing are possible in the surroundings.

Xerokampos Beach is 1.6 km from Thea apartments, while Vai Palm Forest is 36 km from the property. The nearest airport is Sitia Public Airport, 45 km from the accommodation.

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