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Gorge of the Dead

Kato Zakros, Kato Zakros, Crete 72300, Greece
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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 June 14, 2018
Maggi1949
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Wales, United Kingdom
A great day's walk

We started our walk in Ano Zakros and, basically using the route in the Sunflower Guide, walked... read more

Reviewed June 10, 2018
Richard57UK
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London, United Kingdom
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“minoan palace” (5 reviews)
“great walk” (3 reviews)
“year olds” (2 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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Kato Zakros, Kato Zakros, Crete 72300, Greece
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Reviewed June 14, 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

1  Thank Maggi1949
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Reviewed June 10, 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

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Reviewed June 5, 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

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Reviewed April 5, 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
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Reviewed November 4, 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
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Reviewed September 4, 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
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Reviewed August 15, 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
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Reviewed August 3, 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
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Reviewed July 23, 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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Reviewed June 6, 2017

A wondorful litte gorge. Lush with loacal herbs and plants. Goats arre roaming freely on the steep wallls and their bells are a adding a unique soundtrack to the hike. We stayed at Kato Zakros and hiked up and down. Bring your own water and...More

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hol307
May 20, 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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April 10, 2017|
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Response from Trickygoose | Reviewed this property |
Hi there, You can stay on relatively flat ground, as in the dry season it is a dried riverbed. The path does get narrow in some spots, and it is possible to slip on some of the rocky terrain as well. You can choose to stay... More
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GZCS
August 31, 2016|
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Response from trippingferret | Reviewed this property |
Not really. There is a bus service (not frequent) which I suppose you could use, but as has been mentioned, it isn't a strenuous walk. If you are starting from Kato Zakros I'd recommend walking up the Old Zakros Road (nice... More
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