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The Gorge of the Deads from Zakros to Kato Zakros

The entrance of the gorge of Zakros is found just off the village of (Epano) Zakros at a distance of 99 kilometers far from Aghios Nicolaos at the Southeast and 35 kilometers Southeastern to Sitia. It is a very beautiful gorge with high walls, full of caves. Many of these caves are archaeological sites, as a lot of important Minoan burials have been found there, which have also gave to the gorge its name “gorge of the deads”. After some two hours of walking within a fascinating environment you will arrive at the exit of the gorge close to the Minoan palace of Kato Zakros.

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One of the advantages of this gorge is that the visitor has not to walk back in order to pick up the car or the motorbike, as buses are available from Kato Zakros to Zakros. Several works of reformation are being done in the area, in order to facilitate the visitors of the place; as a result, a lot of people, mainly foreign tourists, visit it every year.

Access to the gorge from Aghios Nicolaos or Sitia is possible by rented or private car and motorbikes. You will leave your car at Epano Zakros, walk down the gorge and then catch the public bus from Kato Zakros and return to pick your car up.
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