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Karoumes



Karoumes Beach (or Chohlakies Beach): At the village Chohlakies begins a magnificent accessible Karoumes gorge that ends after 1,5 hour walking to the pure and scenic bay of Karoumes. Chochlakies village is located between Palekastro and Zakros.

You can approach this completely lonely beach only through this gorge! Karoumes is the most remote beach in Eastern Crete !! Chohlakies is located 8 km south from Palekastro, on the way to Zakros.

Places near Karoumes


Traostalos Peak Sanctuary
Traostalos Peak Sanctuary 2801 hits
Traostalos was first excavated in 1963-1964 under Kostis Davaras. Davaras returned in 1978 to continue that work. A rescue excavation from April to October 1995 was led by Stella Chryssoulaki.
Along with the usual clay human and animal figurines common to peak sanctuaries, Traostalos has, notably, a female figure with a swollen leg. Other finds at Traostalos include ceramic boats and stone altars. See references for a more complete inventory.
 

Traostalos is one of the highest mountains near the coast of south-east Crete and 14km far from Palekastro Village.Despite its only moderate height (515.4 m), however, the solid, isolated massif of Traostalos dominates the surrounding area, and its summit can be distinguished from afar, both from the sea and from inland (Pl. XIIa). 

The highest point of the sanctuary commands an uninterrupted view over the entire east end of Crete, Kasos, Karpathos and the Dionysades islets to the north, and Kouphonisi to the south. It thus overlooks the sea route from the north Aegean to the east Mediterranean.From its summit, the sanctuary enjoys visual contact with almost all the other peaks in the area on which have been found cult deposits, or buildings that served cult purposes. These are, from south to north, the sanctuaries at Ambelos, Korakomouri, Mare, Ziros (Playia),Viglos, Modi, Kalamaki, and Petsophas (Pl. XIIb-XIII). In Minoan times, the historical landscape was bounded by the palace and town of Zakros to the south and the town of Palekastro to the north.Habitation in the immediate environment of the sanctuary takes the form of a scattering of isolated buildings, of which the following are the most important: In 1964, Kostis Davaras partially excavated a Minoan villa at the modern village of Azokeramos on the lower north-western slopes of Traostalos.In the western to south-western foothills stands the megalithic building at Skaphi5 and what is probably a guard-house at Polla Kladia. The densely occupied Chochlakies valley, with a guard-house, probable villa, and settlement, is in the north-western foothills.Mount Traostalos has a distinctive articulation with a series of bare plateaux. This reflects the stepped morphology of the east and south-east coasts of Crete. The bay of Karoumes, the only anchorage on the steep coast, is formed by the north to north-east face of Traostalos, which is known characteristically as ‘Adiavatos,’ or ‘Impassable.’ Habitation in the bay of Karoumes covers a long interval from the Neolithic period to Roman times. The Minoan period is represented by three megalithic buildings and an extensive series of walls and enclosures that change and organise the natural form of the hills.Finally, the coastline between the bay of Karoumes and that of Zakros is of great interest, not only for the important Neolithic occupation of the cave of Pelekita, but also for the systematic quarrying of limestone and poros in Minoan times. There were large quarries atPelekita and Papa i Limnes, and provision was made for transporting the blocks to the palace at Zakros.ApproachesThe summit can be approached by two routes. The first is a built road, now called ‘Skala tou Ayiou Antoniou’12 by the locals. This road, which runs roughly south-north, crosses the western foothills of Traostalos and links Kato Zakros with Palekastro. The second route is apath starting from the village of Azokeramos.The ascent to the plateau on the summit is easiest from the north and north-west, where the contours of the rocky terrain create a series of natural stretches of road, reinforced in places by steps and makeshift walls.Although the line of this ascent has been established, no stretch of road has been discovered that has the quality of construction of the road that led from Anemospilia to the sanctuary on Juktas.

 
 
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Skinias 2771 hits

Skinias is the name not only of the beach, but of a larger region, 4 kms south-east of Palekastro, between the beaches of Hiona and Karoumes.

The quickest way to reach Skinias is along a dirt road starting from the settlement Agathias, 1 km eastern from Palekastro to the Plativola area and the little temple of Agios Spyridon. The distance from Agathias to the church is about 2-3 kms. You can drive there, but the area is paled with barbwires by the herdsmen. There are some gates made by barbwires, where you are allowed to enter and reach your destination.From the church of Agios Spyridon you will have to walk the next 1.5 kms. The area is very beautiful and you will enjoy the landscape especially before you reach the beaches, where the view is unlimited to the east.

The feature of the area is the perfect peace and seclusion and you will surely enjoy your swimming in the clear blue waters of eastern Crete.  The seashore around the area is wild and rocky, so the two beaches impress the human sight with their beauty.The beaches are only two and small, but the one (northern) is sandy and the most suitable for swimming. The second one (southern) has pebbles. The distance between these two beaches is almost 200 m.

There are among them amazing shapes of rocks and the area is known to those who love scuba diving and also for salt collection at the early summer months. The sea there is full of fish and the natives are used to fish there.Your sight will combine the deep blue of the sea with the dark colours of the cretan mountains and your body will enjoy the swimming.The only disadvantage is the lack of shadow, which is necessary at noon time, as the uphill way of return will try your physical condition.From the pebbled beach of Skinias, there is a signed path, relatively easy, which will lead you to the terrific beach of Karoumes and the area of the homonymous gorge, after 45-60 minutes of walking. Read about the hiking route Palekastro - Karoumes

 
Chochlakies Gorge
Chochlakies Gorge 2731 hits
The Canyon of Hohlakies – Karoumes
The path which begins at the settlement of Hohlakies is quite easy and it follows the configuration of the canyon and only in very few parts the hiker needs to be very careful due to the lubricity of the rocks in the streambed.
 
During the rainfall season to the end of April the journey gets really difficult and at points very dangerous depending on the height and the momentum of water as the stream is still full of  water.
 
The canyon is full of impressive geological formations. On the vertical rocks from left to right impressive caves are created whereas lots of avifauna species, especially raptors, nest on the steep rocks. The best period to observe the flora in the canyon is during the spring.
 
Lots of rare and important plants grow at the bed of the stream and its rocks such as Aristolochia cretica, Bellevallia sitiaca, Capparis spinosa, Delphinium staphisagria, Vitex agnus castus, Scorzonera cretica, Tulipa saxatilis, to name but a few.
 
There are also lots of aquatic species in the marsh formed in the exit of the canyon with the Juncus acutus (bulrush) being predominant. Because of the rock erosion on the coastline around the beach called karoumes a huge number of fossils have been revealed.
 
 This is another well known gorge in the area which attracts several visitors throughout the year. The gorge of Chochlakia starts just outside the hamlet by the same name and ends at beautiful Karoumes beach. The gorge is impressive, with rich flora, stunning landforms and it offers and easy hike! 


Karoumes Beach (or Chohlakies Beach): At the village Chohlakies begins a magnificent accessible Karoumes gorge that ends after 1,5 hour walking to the pure and scenic bay of Karoumes. Chochlakies village is located between Palekastro and Zakros.
You can approach this completely lonely beach only through this gorge! Karoumes is the most remote beach in Eastern Crete !! Chohlakies is located 8 km south from Palekastro, on the way to Zakros.

 
Pelekita Cave
Pelekita Cave 2730 hits

Located north east of the small village of Kato Zakros between Karoumes and Kato Zakros beach in Sitia region.

The cave can be reached by traveling one hour from Kato Zakros, or from the beach of the village by using mechanized boats and then making an ascent.

 

The height at the entrance is 105m. The whole area is commonly known as Pelekita, which name is derived from the quarry, which is below the cave, close to the sea, from which stones have been extracted.

The other name "Sykias Spilios" was given to the cave because of the location of a large fig tree at the entrance. Under the cave one can see the sea as if viewing it from a plane.

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Azokeramos 2720 hits

Between Palekastro and Zakros in east of Crete you can find lots of pretty villages with beautiful churches in a green surrounding. Azokeramos is one of them and it can be reached on the Sitia - Palekastro - Azokeramos - Zakros road. The distance from Sitia is about 30 kilometers.

At the entrance of the village there is the Byzantine church of Agios Ioannis. Together with a number of other small villages the village of Azokeramos lies in in a fertile valley that is surrounded by high mountains on all sides. In the village Azokeramos itself there is a nice big church in the shape of a cross. Next to the church stands the clock tower and it is surrounded by cypresses.

Here you have wonderful views over the valley which is filled with olive trees. A little deeper into the village there is another small church that consists of two houses with turrets at the back. At the front you can see the tower with the clock rise high above the church. The front also has three crosses. Also there are many crumbling old stone houses in the village.

 

 



Distances:Kellaria - Palekastro 9 kmKellaria - Sitia 26 kmKellaria - Heraklion Airport 158 kmKellaria - Kato Zakros 19 kmKellaria - Xerokampos 20 km


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Skinias 2690 hits

Skinias is the name not only of the beach, but of a larger region, 4 kms south-east of Palekastro, between the beaches of Hiona and Karoumes.

The quickest way to reach Skinias is along a dirt road starting from the settlement Agathias, 1 km eastern from Palekastro to the Plativola area and the little temple of Agios Spyridon. The distance from Agathias to the church is about 2-3 kms. You can drive there, but the area is paled with barbwires by the herdsmen. There are some gates made by barbwires, where you are allowed to enter and reach your destination.From the church of Agios Spyridon you will have to walk the next 1.5 kms. The area is very beautiful and you will enjoy the landscape especially before you reach the beaches, where the view is unlimited to the east.

The feature of the area is the perfect peace and seclusion and you will surely enjoy your swimming in the clear blue waters of eastern Crete.  The seashore around the area is wild and rocky, so the two beaches impress the human sight with their beauty.The beaches are only two and small, but the one (northern) is sandy and the most suitable for swimming. The second one (southern) has pebbles. The distance between these two beaches is almost 200 m.

There are among them amazing shapes of rocks and the area is known to those who love scuba diving and also for salt collection at the early summer months. The sea there is full of fish and the natives are used to fish there.Your sight will combine the deep blue of the sea with the dark colours of the cretan mountains and your body will enjoy the swimming.The only disadvantage is the lack of shadow, which is necessary at noon time, as the uphill way of return will try your physical condition.From the pebbled beach of Skinias, there is a signed path, relatively easy, which will lead you to the terrific beach of Karoumes and the area of the homonymous gorge, after 45-60 minutes of walking. Read about the hiking route Palekastro - Karoumes

 
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Pelekita Ancient Quarry 2670 hits

Approximately half way along the path leading from Kato Zakros to Karoumes beach (geotrail 12) and near Pelekita cave, is the ancient quarry by the same name. We find it amidst compacted Pleistocene aeolianite sandstone, which were easily excavated as they are soft rocks due to their many pores. On the rocks in the area there are several traces of the excavation activity that took place in the past. 

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Pera Karoumes (Mavro Mouri) 2668 hits
About 700 meters north of the main Karoumes beach, Palekastro - Zakros region, East Crete, there is a secluded area consisted of smaller beaches and is called "Pera Karoumes." There is access to this area in two ways:1) From Chohlakies village, you pass through the Karoumes gorge and after 1,5 hours walking to Karoumes beach. Afterwards you walk on a footpath to the north and after 10 minutes’ walking you reach Pera Karoumes.2) Follow the hiking trail Palekastro - Agathias village - Skinias beach – Pera Karoumes beach.The entire route from the village of Palekastro lasts about 2 - 2.5 hours. The route is beautiful and you will discover the hidden Crete away from mass tourism and busy traffic.Just next to the beach passes the path connecting Karoumes with Skinias area. The sea is crystal clear, as in all the surrounding beaches and you will surely enjoy the sandy beach at a place completely remote and almost unknown to many. It is an option for hikers who pass the gorge of Chochlakies and seek complete isolation.
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Kamares 2625 hits

Kamares is a small hamlet at the beginning of Chochlakia gorge with characteristic local architecture.

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Skinias 2611 hits

Skinias is the name not only of the beach, but of a larger region, 4 kms south-east of Palekastro, between the beaches of Hiona and Karoumes.

The quickest way to reach Skinias is along a dirt road starting from the settlement Agathias, 1 km eastern from Palekastro to the Plativola area and the little temple of Agios Spyridon. The distance from Agathias to the church is about 2-3 kms. You can drive there, but the area is paled with barbwires by the herdsmen. There are some gates made by barbwires, where you are allowed to enter and reach your destination.From the church of Agios Spyridon you will have to walk the next 1.5 kms. The area is very beautiful and you will enjoy the landscape especially before you reach the beaches, where the view is unlimited to the east.

The feature of the area is the perfect peace and seclusion and you will surely enjoy your swimming in the clear blue waters of eastern Crete.  The seashore around the area is wild and rocky, so the two beaches impress the human sight with their beauty.The beaches are only two and small, but the one (northern) is sandy and the most suitable for swimming. The second one (southern) has pebbles. The distance between these two beaches is almost 200 m.

There are among them amazing shapes of rocks and the area is known to those who love scuba diving and also for salt collection at the early summer months. The sea there is full of fish and the natives are used to fish there.Your sight will combine the deep blue of the sea with the dark colours of the cretan mountains and your body will enjoy the swimming.The only disadvantage is the lack of shadow, which is necessary at noon time, as the uphill way of return will try your physical condition.From the pebbled beach of Skinias, there is a signed path, relatively easy, which will lead you to the terrific beach of Karoumes and the area of the homonymous gorge, after 45-60 minutes of walking. Read about the hiking route Palekastro - Karoumes