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

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Chochlakies Gorge
Chochlakies Gorge 2728 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.

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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