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ΔΗΜΟΤΙΚΟ ΣΧΟΛΕΙΟ ΖΑΚΡΟΥ ΣΗΤΕΙΑΣ
ΔΗΜΟΤΙΚΟ ΣΧΟΛΕΙΟ ΖΑΚΡΟΥ ΣΗΤΕΙΑΣ 2692 hits

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Deads Gorge
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The Canyon of Kato Zakros
It is one of the most visited canyons of  East Crete because of its rare biodiversity as well as the archaeological importance of the region of Zakros as there is the Palace of Zakros – the fourth largest palace of Minoan Crete, which catches the visitors’ attention.
 
Moreover, it is the last part of the European path E4. The number of caves on slopes, which during the Minoan period were used as cemeteries, the vertical rocks, the water present during most months of the year, the vegetation full of plane trees Platanus orientalis, hollies Quercus coccifera, oleaster, and oleander Nerium oleander fill the area with colours and perfumery.
 
There are lots of flora species, some of them very rare, which have found shelter on the steep rocks and slopes of the canyon. Some of them are the…
 
Aristolochia cretica, Delphinium staphisagria, wickers Vitex agnus castus, wild carnation Dianthus juniperinus, Euphorbia dendroides, Lecokia cretica, Ephedra cambylopoda, Nepeta melissifolia, capers Capparis spinosa, Dracunculus vulgaris, bluebells Campanula pelviformis and Campanula spatulata ssp. filicaulis, agkarathou Phlomis lanata, oregano Origanum onites, shinos Pistacia lentiscus, “vromokladi” Anagyris foetida, “asfentylia” Asphodelus aestivus and lots of orchid species.
 
The hiking from the square of Zakros to the beach of Kato Zakros is very easy and it lasts 1,5 to 2 hours.
 
 
 

This is the most famous gorge in the area, also known as the Canyon of the Dead, due to the Minoan cemetery. Apart from its impressive topography, rich flora and plentiful water, it is also home to several sites of archaeological and historical interest. The E4 path passes through the gorge, while at its exit there is an organized rock climbing area. The trail starts from Epano Zakros and ends at the archaeological site of Kato Zakros. 

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Molivokamino Ancient Quarry 2657 hits

Midway along the trail leading from Katsounaki beach to Kato Zakros is another ancient quarry, in the midst of compacted Pleistocene aeolianite sandstone, which were easily excavated as they are soft rocks due to their many pores.

Μουσείο νερού και υδροκίνησης Ζάκρου
Μουσείο νερού και υδροκίνησης Ζάκρου 2645 hits

Zakros’ Natural History Museum
The Zakros’ Natural History Museum is located at the Polykentro building, lying along the main road that crosses Epanos Zakros village.
The Museum is dedicated to the natural environment of the Park. The flora, fauna, and geology of the area is presented through small dioramas (reconstructions of ecosystems), staffed animals, posters and displays of rocks and fossils. Visitors can find all printed material of the Park, can watch the Sitia Nature park video, can browse the parks’ website and visit the European and Global UNESCO’s geoparks.
The museum offers parking and toilets and is open during summer times. During winter visitors should contact park’s authorities or Sitia Municipality.