In the southeast of Crete the main road runs mainly along the coast and the sea, sometimes passing a village. Inland are a lot of greenhouses (wooden structures covered with see through plastic - to grow vegetables). The southeast is the main vegetable store of Crete and for other parts of Greece. From Ierapetra heading west all the way to Makrigialos and beyond the road is quite straight following the shoreline until the village of Goudouras (with plenty of more greenhouses). On the side of the road you find the small villages, the beaches and a few small tourist centers. At Goudouras in the east the road turns inland and the roads start winding and climbing up the hills and the mountains, passing a small village every now and then. The main village here is Ziros which is build in a fertile valley at the foot of a mountain. Here are the crossroads going to the different directions. In the area are a few Roman and Hellenistic excavations, like in Xerokampos and Makrigialos. In Kato Zakros you can find one of the four Minoan Palaces that have been discovered.