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The gorge in details

To reach the gorge from paleokastro, you have to take the road to Zakros. Once in zakros, you can... read more

Reviewed 16 August 2018
Michele V
Valdagno, Italy
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Excellent circular walk

Starting just outside Zakros, you can walk for just over 2 hours down this fairly easy gorge, with... read more

Reviewed 15 June 2018
Wales, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 16 August 2018 via mobile

To reach the gorge from paleokastro, you have to take the road to Zakros. Once in zakros, you can take the path E4 that takes you to the entrance A of the gorge. This is the longer walk roughly 5 km to the sea. Otherwise...More

Thank Michele V
Reviewed 15 June 2018

Starting just outside Zakros, you can walk for just over 2 hours down this fairly easy gorge, with just a very few boulders to scramble over. The caves are everywhere, high and low on the gorge sides, which were used as tombs for their dead...More

2  Thank Maggi1949
Reviewed 10 June 2018

We started our walk in Ano Zakros and, basically using the route in the Sunflower Guide, walked down the gorge, looked at the palace at Kato Zakros, had lunch at a restaurant on the beach and then returned to Ano Zakros by the route above...More

2  Thank Richard57UK
Reviewed 5 June 2018 via mobile

It is a long hard road to get here. THE PALACE is fascinating and affirms for me that the early pioneers of our society were hardy and for their time extremely resourceful. We still have much we can learn from them

Thank McMillan46
Reviewed 5 April 2018 via mobile

Started in Kato Zakros and ended there as well. We started at 9 am and thank God we did! There is not much shade and the heat can strike hard! Views are spectacular, the air smells like thyme and flowers are all around. From Kato...More

2  Thank Pieter H
Reviewed 5 November 2017

This place makes you feel like you are the size of an ant. It is truly incredible how immersed you feel in nature once you go through one of these things. If there is a pull out I would highly recommend getting out of your...More

1  Thank NeoNorth
Reviewed 4 September 2017

Being a runner, I was checking out run routes on strava before we came to Crete. The Gorge of the Dead tickled my fancy and I ran it three times in a week. Each time giving a different experience. First, I ran from the main...More

4  Thank NicWise66
Reviewed 15 August 2017 via mobile

We headed out from MakriGialos and really enjoyed the dramatic scenery over the mountains and down to the East coast. We'd gone anticipating getting a taxi from Kato Zakros to entrance A but under estimated how tiny it is and there were none. Luckily a...More

2  Thank Rachel C
Reviewed 3 August 2017

OK, this gorge is not that much about the death, but is a beautiful place on Crete worth to be visited. We have approached the gorge from both sides - from the Kato Zarchos (from bottom) and from the top, where the gorge "started". Nice...More

1  Thank Vinetou
Reviewed 24 July 2017

This is a nice and easy gorge walk that you can do with your kids if you want a break from the beach life. We did it in approximately 2 hours from the upper start down to Kato Zakros where we enjoyed a nice lunch...More

3  Thank Marcus H
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Kevin L
25 August 2018|
Response from Maggi1949 | Reviewed this property |
There are guest rooms some of which I assume will be in people's homes but certainly not all.
8 August 2018|
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Response from McMillan46 | Reviewed this property |
Depending on what road you take it will impact the time and distance. We found the roads to be ok but in some sections narrow. Also it is important to take care as some sections have tight curves and at times they revert to... More
20 May 2018|
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Response from Pieter H | Reviewed this property |
Hi, you can also start the hike from Zakros, which has a bus stop. A taxi is also an option, should not be to expensive. In the Rother Guide you can find detailed info on How to do the hike from Zakros. This guide can be... More
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