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THE VILLAGE OF ZAKROS IN THE SOUTHEAST OF THE ISLAND OF CRETE
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Nederlands Map of Crete The village of Zakros is situated about 40 kilometer south east of Sitia near the middle of the east coast of Crete. There are Byzantine churches in the area. Most people pass it on their way visiting the Minoan Palace at Kato Zakros (meaning "lower" Zakros) which is situated at eight kilometers distance east of the village. In Zakros there are hotels, shops, supermarkets and tavernas. The large church inside the village is called the Panagia ke Agios Georgios. For some people that have found accommodation here it is the starting point for the exploration of the south eastern part of the island of Crete, a walk through the Deads Gorge or a visit to the Minoan villa which is situated just outside the village on the way to Kato Zakros..

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At the top of the village lies the source of Zakros, that delivers about 800 cubic meters of water per hour and supplies the large quantities of olive trees in the area with water. The area of Zakros was important in the Minoan period. Just outside the village on the road to Kato Zakros you will immediately see the remains of a Minoan villa, but much is still hidden underground. Between Kato Zakros and the higher situated village of Zakros is the Valley of the Dead, where the Minoans used to bury their dead in the caves that you can see in the cliffs. You can walk through this valley. It leads along a river bed and the length is about 6 kilometers. The walk takes about 2 to 3 hours depending on how fast you walk. There are no tavernas along the way so you must bring your own water supply. I was told a story that in Zakros people were digging in their garden and found Minoan graves. They quickly covered it again, because finds like this mean that you lose your home and the place is marked an archaeological site. Who knows what else will be found in this area in the coming years.

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Other attractions in the village of Zakros are the restored windmills and the Afentis Christos church. They are indicated by a sign. You have to walk up into the village and than first you come along the restored windmills. Most doors are open and you can look inside. There is also a museum of the mills. If you walk all the way up and then turn left and you come to the end of the road on the outskirts of the village you will see the Afentis Christos Church and the sources. There is also an old cheese factory (a bit further). The Afentis Christos church is one of the oldest churches in the area and dates from the Byzantine period. Inside the church are small fragments of frescoes have survived and outside in an alcove you can still see a complete fresco in which Christ is depicted. Around the church are some remains of an older church, such as a large pillar. Next to the church you will find the sources, some very old houses, an old mill and a picnic area.

Villa Kalliopi in Zakros - Villa with private pool - ecellent reviews
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Located in Zakros of Lasithi, Villa Kalliopi is set amidst an olive grove and features a private pool with a furnished sun terrace. The two-bedroom villa offers free Wi-Fi access and includes a seating area with fireplace. Enjoying views over the pool, the garden and the mountain, the air-conditioned villa is elegantly decorated with wrought-iron beds and well-chosen decorative items. It features a fully-equipped kitchen with dining area, microwave and stove. A safe and a flat-screen TV with satellite channels are available. Guests will find taverns and mini markets at the centre of Zakros Village, within 3 km from Villa Kaliopi. Xerokampos is 5 km away and Kato Zakros is 10 km away. The seaside Sitia Town and its port are located 37 km away, while Agios Nikolaos is at 100 km. Free parking is possible on site.

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Hans Huisman, http://www.angelfire.com/super2/greece/ 2014
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