Hiking in Crete

Zakros
Gorge

Lassithi

Zakros Gorge
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The beautiful Gorge of Kato Zakros (or the gorge of the Dead) starts in a short distance from Ano Zakros, nearly 100km southeast of St. Nicholas, and ends at Kato Zakros. The beauty of the landscape, the historical importance of the gorge and its accessibility, attract many visitors every year. The trail in the gorge is part of the E4 European trail.

It is an exceptionally beautiful gorge, with high walls with big caves on them. In those caves, tombs of the Minoan era, have been found, which contained findings of great archaeological value. Because of these tombs, the gorge is also called "Gorge of the Dead" and the caves "Caves of the Dead".

You can leave your car in the village of Ano Zakros and cross the gorge. It takes about 2 hours to reach Kato Zakros, where you can enjoy the beach and the taverns of the beautiful seaside village. You should also visit the nearby Minoan Palace of Zakros. From Kato Zakros, you can get the bus to return to the Ano Zakros, where your car is, without having to walk backward in the gorge.

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Additional Info

  • Prefecture: Lassithi
  • Type: Hiking gorge, Signed trail, E4 trail
  • Water: Water till spring
  • Length (km): 4
  • Altitude difference (m): 150
  • Difficulty (0-10): 1
  • Hiking Hours: 3
  • Accessibility: Paved road

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