Gorge of the Dead

Gorge of the Dead, Kato Zakros: Address, Gorge of the Dead Reviews: 4.5/5

Gorge of the Dead
4.5
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Olga
London, UK34 contributions
Stunning gorge
Jun 2021
This is a lesser known gorge as it's quite far from the main cities / attractions. We weren't sure about driving all the way out here but it was a great decision. The drive to Zakros is stunning, staying at Kakros beach was lovely and the gorge of the dead walk was stunning! We came across very few people (compared to the crowds at Samaria) and enjoyed a lovely walk through the gorge. We went from the "A" entrance on google maps, and it took us 4 hours there and back including a walk through the archaeological site. The gorge is truly stunning and to think that the Minoans used to walk through it all of those years ago is awe-inspiring. The walk is not particularly long so bring lunch / snacks depending on the time of day you do it. You can also eat at Kato Zakros beach before heading back to the car. It got very hot when we were there, so bring lots of sunscreen/water and start early. Highly recommended!
Written July 3, 2021
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Stefanie
3 contributions
family trip
Oct 2020
nice walk until the end, beautiful view during the way, many places to stop for some pictures taking around
Written October 28, 2020
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SteveSitia
Sitia, Greece1,571 contributions
Beautiful Nature
Nov 2019
Excellent hike through a natural gorge. Surrounded by flowers if you go in Spring, it can be quite dry in summer but still beautiful. It's a good plan to park in Kato Zakros, get a lift up the hill towards (but not as far as) Zakros village to 1 of 2 entry points for the gorge. it's not a very dificult walk, a couple of hours, good trainers or boots are useful as it is dirt tracks & stones. very pretty Kato Zakros at the end for a swim & some lunch makes it a great day out!
Written March 30, 2020
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Van et Sophie
46 contributions
Beautiful gorge, hard walk
Aug 2019
The gorge is walkable in about an hour, no gradient but rocks and boulders. It gives onto a huge beach, not much shade. Take lots of water.
Written February 5, 2020
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Mari-Liis J
Tartu, Estonia24 contributions
Breathtaking views
Oct 2019 • Couples
We didn't take the hike, as we didn't have the time, but we walked about a km further on the road from parking B, there on the hilltop, we got lovely views on the gorge. Really recommend.
Written October 23, 2019
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Linda S
Chapel Hill, NC9 contributions
Wonderful hiking trip
Jun 2019
It's a beautiful trip through the gorge, though it took us much longer to walk it than the 2 hours we had allocated. The rain made a big difference.
Written October 8, 2019
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alkemisten
Crete, Greece22 contributions
Hiking the gorge of dead
Aug 2019 • Couples
We started the hike from parking B, which is a bit shorter hike than parking A. Takes about 1 hour 45 min at a slow pace with pauses for exploring some caves etc.

At the end of the hike, there is a beach with restaurants (we didn’t eat at any of those, had our own picnic). The beach was quite good but a little bit more crowded than I would prefer.

We started hiking back at 1800 which was a good idea since the scenery was more dramatic with the light falling down gently on the gorge, expanding its beauty.

It was also possible to refill water at the beginning and end of the hike. So no need to bring too much of your own.

Overall, a pleasant and relatively easy hike. Well marked and possible to do with kids with some hiking experience.

Recommended.
Written August 17, 2019
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Dirk v
The Netherlands2 contributions
Valley of the dead
Aug 2019 • Family
Trail not very easy to find and later parts quite overgrown during our visit in August. Beautiful nature however and quiet, saw no other visitors
Written August 9, 2019
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i7752
Royal Tunbridge Wells, UK5 contributions
Beautiful Gorge.
Jul 2019 • Family
Absolutely worth a visit when in Zakros. We walked from Kato Zakros towards Zakros and back. Towards Zakros took us about 2 hours but going back took about 45 minutes. Beautiful scenery but do pick a day when it is not too hot. Recommended.
Written July 20, 2019
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Danielle L
Hayling Island, UK8 contributions
Old road down and gorge up with 11 month baby
Jul 2019 • Family
We planned to walk down the gorge from car park B, but accidentally took the old road down instead (no entry sign by the footpath to the gorge confused us, I suppose that is for cars only)
The old road was a great walk with stunning views, and having my 11 month baby in a Baby Bjorn carrier on my chest, really easy. No shade, but she was well covered and it was lovely and windy so we were not too hot considering the time of year.
We then had fantastic ice cream and drinks at Anamesia restaurant, before walking back up the gorge. It was great, beautiful, uneven underfoot & so I was happy I had not walked down as it was rocky at times. With my daughter on my front I had no problems for me as I'm fit and careful, but going downhill with her would have been harder going. Going up just after midday we had the sun just about behind us which was ideal, my daughter loved the flowers and butterflies. There is some shade to be found under trees and plants, so you can get a break regularly but also a lot of sun so take plenty of protection and water. It was slightly over grown so had to take care for our eyes, made for slower going when you are watching your step too, but all in all a fantastic adventure for our family and we enjoyed reward of cold drinks afterwards in Zakros. I recommend the old road down as you get views into the gorge and down the coast, which you would miss if you went down in the gorge. Our mistake meant we got beat of both and it was great. Time wise, about an hour down and 90 mins up from car Park B.
Written July 13, 2019
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