Kato Zakros and Zakros
Kato Zakros has a very nice beach, with the water shimmering many beautiful picture-perfect shades of blue. Almost all houses here rent simple rooms (prices start from Ä25 outside high season). Rooms can be tricky to find in August, and sometimes just plain unavailable. Most visitors just visit for the day, taking the bus or an excursion.
There are two daily buses from Sitia to Kato Zakros. In
Summer 2007 they followed the following timetable:
The big tourist attraction of the Zakros area is undoubtedly the Minoan Palace
of Zakros. Alongside Knossos, Malia and Phaistos itís one of the most important
Minoan sites in Crete. Unlike the other three, Zakros was never plundered or
despoiled, so thereís plenty to look at, even if it is significantly smaller
than the other palaces. The findings - especially the earthenware pottery - of
the archeological team were mostly shipped of to the Archeological Museum of
The small town of Zakros (pop. 1000) is roughly 5km from Kato Zakros. Itís a mountain village whose inhabitants mostly make their living with agriculture. Thereís a big hotel in the centre, which also has a kafenion and a bar. Itís a very old-fashioned village, which feels twenty years behind the coastal towns. Anyone who has time should try a night here; in 2007 doubles were as low as Ä25, including breakfast.