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Kato Zakros and Zakros

Palekastro - the region [Map] [Download Roadmap]

At all seasons delightfully - this is the right attribute for the region. During the winter the oil mills are working day and night and farmers taking care of the green and yellow gold. At the beginning of March spring covers the region powerful. After heavy-rainfall in winter the bald mountains are a sea of flowers, yellow clover grows in the olive plants. [Climatic tables]

Flowering landscapes - Chandras

Olives and olives and olives
The evergreen tree is the backbone of the existence and the shaping plant of the region. When you go from Palekastro to Zakros this fact will be demonstrated very impressive. Where ever you look, up to the slopes, into the ravines, oil trees, nothing but oil trees. The dry and meager east is a guarantee for first class olive oil and the products of the Agricultural Cooperative of Sitia are No. 1 in the world!

A sea of flowers in April

In the spring and autumn the east of Crete around Palekastro is a hiking district of first quality. Temperatures are pleasant and there's steady weather in the mountains around Chandras. Hiking Terre pr days almost alone is a rare experience hard to find in Europe these days. The air is fulfilled with humming bees, in the sky there are numerous rare grab birds. No one disturbs the peace and the impressiveness of the mountain world.
Like the south coast there are numerous ravines leading to the coast offering very impressive and lonely walks. Gorges are mostly far away from settlements and are retreat areas of rare plants and animals.

  • Never tear plants, respect the atmosphere and the silence. Always take plentifully water on your way!
  • Never walk alone through these ravines! If something goes wrong it may take a long time until someone comes along. Have a first aid kit with you, don't forget your cellphone.
For two years Bikers discover the east of Crete. Meanwhile there is a multiplicity of outstanding trails which are partially already described and signposted. Best season: At the end of March to the end of of May and from the middle of Septembers to the middle of November.

The entire region is full surprises, both over and under the soil. New finds are made each and every year. This circumstance is holding back the development of the tourism infrastructure and ensures that the region will keep its intact flora and fauna.

Climatic table Palekastro
Average temperature in °C
1. Half Jan. Feb. March April May June
Minimum 9.4 9.3 10.2 12.4 15.5 19.5
Average 12.2 12.3 13.6 16.6 20.3 24.3
Maximum 15.3 15.5 16.9 20.1 23.7 27.4
2. Half July Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
Minimum 22.3 22.3 20.0 16.8 13.7 11.1
Average 25.9 25.7 23.5 20.2 16.7 13.8
Maximum 28.6 28.5 26.6 23.6 20.2 17.0
Days with rainfall
1. Half Jan. Feb. March April May June
Total days 13.3 11.5 9.5 5.1 3.1 0.8
2. Half July Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
Total days 0.1 0.3 1.6 6.1 8.4 12.7

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