An incredible and various trekking area wait you around the village of Palekastro…
There are many scenic hikes and walks for all levels of fitness.
Gorges, as at Chocklakies and Zakros, caves, like Pelekita, and hidden beaches, like Skinies and Karoumbes are all worth the trip.
Even the short walk up to the top of Petsophas (20 min. on a well-made path) will reward you with a fantastic view and sense of spiritual well-being (the site was the location of a shrine in Minoan times).
And there is always a quiet evening stroll along the beach at Kouramenos…
Valley of the dead or Zakros Gorge
This gorge starts in Zakros and ends at Kato Zakros beach. It’s about an 1 1/2 hr.
Walk the caves in this gorge is where the tombs of the minoan period were discovered. Bring water, and there are plenty of restaurants along the beach for a great lunch.
This gorge starts in Exo Mouliana. it is about 4.5 kms, and takes about 2 hours. The waterfall is about 15 meters high and runs into a great swimming hole. The gorge ends at Richtis Beach and it’s a great place for a picnic lunch. There are tables and benches there. Not a great beach for swimming and the water is rough.
Chochlakies or Kouroumes Gorge
This gorge stats in the village of Chochlakies. It is 3.5 km. and about a 3 hour walk. It winds its way throgh a riverbed to the lovely beach of kouroumes. No restaurants so take a lunch. It’s a quite difficult walk but at the end you will arrive in a wonderful paradise.