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Zakros Gorge

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The stunning Kato Zakros Gorge, also known as the Gorge of the Dead, begins just a short distance from Ano Zakros, almost 100km southeast of the Agios Nikolaos church, and culminates at the picturesque Kato Zakros beach. The breathtaking landscape, historical significance, and easy access of the gorge draw numerous visitors each year. The path through the gorge is a segment of the renowned E4 European trail.

The gorge is incredibly beautiful, with towering walls that house large caves. Inside these caves, archaeologists have discovered tombs from the Minoan era that hold artifacts of significant archaeological value. This discovery led to the gorge and caves being dubbed “Gorge of the Dead” and “Caves of the Dead” respectively.

Visitors can park their cars in the Ano Zakros village and traverse the gorge, which takes approximately 2 hours to reach Kato Zakros. Here, you can relax on the beach and dine at the charming seaside village’s taverns. Don’t miss out on a visit to the nearby Minoan Palace of Zakros. A convenient bus service from Kato Zakros can take you back to Ano Zakros, saving you a return trek through the gorge.


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How accessible is Zakros Gorge?

Zakros Gorge is accessible via a paved road.

How long is Zakros Gorge?

Zakros Gorge is 4 km long.

How difficult is Zakros Gorge?

Zakros Gorge has a difficulty rating of 1 out of 10.

How many hours does it take to hike Zakros Gorge?

It takes approximately 3 hours to hike Zakros Gorge.

What is the altitude difference in Zakros Gorge?

The altitude difference in Zakros Gorge is 150 meters.


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Stays near Zakros Gorge

  • 8.9 / 10
  • Kato Zakros Beach

Alkioni Sea View Apartment features inner courtyard views, free WiFi and free private parking, set in Káto Zákros, 32 km from Vai Palm Forest.

The apartment provides guests with a terrace, sea views, a seating area, satellite flat-screen TV, a fully equipped kitchen with a fridge and kitchenware, and a private bathroom with bath and a hair dryer. Some units feature a balcony and/or a patio with mountain views.

Alkioni Sea View Apartment offers a picnic area.

If you would like to discover the area, snorkelling, windsurfing and diving are possible in the surroundings and the accommodation can arrange a car rental service.

The nearest airport is Sitia Public Airport, 42 km from Alkioni Sea View Apartment.

  • 710 m
  • 8.9 / 10
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Studios Stella & Stella’s Traditional is offering accommodations in Kato Zakros.

The traditional and retro style rooms offer private balcony, air-condition, fridge, kitchenette and garden view.

There are two roof gardens with sea view. Guests can enjoy free Wifi and free parking.

Studios Stella & Stella’s Traditional is 150 m from the Gorge of the dead, 500 m from the Minoan Palace and a ten minutes walk from the nearest beach.

Studios Stella & Stella’s Traditional is 46 km from Sitia, 25 km from Palm Forest Vai and 18 km from Xerokampos . Heraklion International airport is 170 km away and Sitia Airport Vitsentzos Kornaros is 50 km from Stella Studios.




  • 820 m
  • 9.4 / 10
  • Kato Zakros

Set on a hill full of aromatic plants in Kato Zakros Village, Terra Minoika Boutique resort is constructed of local stone and wood and is just 300 metres from the beach. Its self-catered accommodation offers custom built furnishings, a sea-view veranda and free Wi-Fi.

Combining modern and traditional décor, the air-conditioned studios include a seating and dining area, and a well-equipped kitchenette with electric oven, cooking hobs and fridge. A LED satellite TV, and hairdryer are standard. Some units include fireplace and 2 verandas.

Terra Minoika Boutique resort offer guests locally produced ingredients so that they prepare breakfast themselves.

Complimentary maps and information on trekking excursions are provided to guests looking for adventure. A personal fitness trainer and a Cretan dances teacher are also available upon request at the on-site gym. Baby sitting services are provided upon request.

Terra Minoika Boutique resort is a 1-hour drive away from the coastal town of Sitia. It is 25 km from the famous palm forest and beach of Vai. Heraklion International Airport is at a distance 160 km.




  • 1.2 km
  • 8.1 / 10
  • Kato Zakros

Enjoying a seafront location in Kato Zakros Beach, Coral offers a restaurant and free bikes. It features air-conditioned accommodation with Mediterranean Sea and mountain views. Free Wi-Fi is available in all areas.

Fitted with stone details, all bright rooms at Coral open to a furnished balcony. Each comes with a mini fridge.

Guests may start their day with a continental breakfast at Akrogiali restaurant, which is 50 metres away. Lunch and dinner options consisting of traditional fish dishes are served.

Facilities include a 24-hour front desk. An array of activities can be enjoyed in the surroundings, including cycling, hiking and windsurfing. Free sun loungers and umbrellas are provided at the beach.

The Minoan palace of Zakros is 150 metres away. The beach of Vai, popular for its palm tree forest, is at a distance of 35 km. Sitia Public Airport is 45 km away.

  • 1.3 km
  • 8.2 / 10
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Located just 35 km from Vai Palm Forest, Beach Front Kato Zakros provides accommodation in Káto Zákros with access to a garden, a bar, as well as a 24-hour front desk. This beachfront property offers access to a balcony, free private parking and free WiFi.

Opening onto a patio with quiet street views, the air-conditioned apartment consists of 1 bedroom. Providing a terrace with sea views, this apartment also offers a well-equipped kitchenette with a dishwasher, an oven and a fridge, as well as 1 bathroom with a shower and a hair dryer.

Guests at the apartment can enjoy a continental breakfast.

Spa and wellness facilities including a beauty services and a fitness room are at guests’ disposal during their stay at Beach Front Kato Zakros. If you would like to discover the area, windsurfing, diving and fishing are possible in the surroundings and the accommodation can arrange a car rental service.

The nearest airport is Sitia Public Airport, 45 km from Beach Front Kato Zakros.

  • 1.3 km
  • 9.2 / 10
  • Antropolithi

Featuring pool views, Villa Yasmin features accommodation with a patio and a coffee machine, around 28 km from Vai Palm Forest. This villa features a private pool, a garden, barbecue facilities, free WiFi and free private parking.

The villa comes with 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, bed linen, towels, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a dining area, a fully equipped kitchen, and a terrace with mountain views. The air-conditioned villa also provides a seating area, washing machine and 2 bathrooms with a walk-in shower.

The nearest airport is Sitia Public Airport, 37 km from the villa.

  • 2.1 km

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