B&B | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 2
ou will find Coral Rooms in one of the most beautiful parts of South East Crete, in the area of Sitia. Here hidden amongst the mountains and hills, is a valley planted with olives, lemons and oranges. As you drive down the rugged coastal road you suddenly catch sight of the broad blue horizon over the Libyan Sea and below you, nestling at the edge of the waters you will find the village of Kato Zakros. Thousands of years ago, Minoan kings and priestesses built a summer palace here. This tiny village has much to offer the visitor who wants to be close to Nature and to the sea. You won't find a hectic nightlife or a lively club scene, but Kato Zakros is the perfect place to enjoy a romantic dinner of fresh fish caught in the bay, at one of the excellent beachfront taverns. Here you will meet the hospitable local people, swim or snorkel in the clean, blue waters, walk in the countryside or simply relax in the Cretan sunshine and enjoy the peaceful views.
Coral Rooms are located almost at the water's edge and very near to the Minoan palace. You will spend a relaxing holiday, enjoying the fresh air from the sea and listening to the sound of the waves at the end of the day. Stand on the terrace at Coral Rooms in the first light of dawn and you will see an unforgettable sight, as the burnished disk of the sun rises out of the Libyan Sea.
Defined by the view terrace and the same view out of your own window, to the blue seas of Crete's east coast, Coral rooms offer a superb base to relax, explore from or just rest in Kato Zakros. Rooms are maintained to quality standards for your pleasure. There are just three of these precious rooms available, each one is for up to two people. Serve yourself a great holiday and stay for days in one of the few beach front locations in Kato Zakros.
|Size||Sleeps up to 2, 1 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||xerokamos 15 km|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||6 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: sitia http://gr.skyscanner.com/ 37 km|
|Notes||Pets welcome, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|General||Air conditioning, TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2)|
The Crete region
kato zakros & zakros
The palace of Kato Zakros
Is located at the eastern end of Crete at the slopes of a low rocky hill and surrounded by rugged mountains to the east. A stone paved road took the inhabitants from the palace entrance to the nearby harbor which was easily reached in a few minutes by foot. The Zakros harbor is better sheltered and suitable to host a large fleet of commercial or military vessels, than Palekastro a little to the North. Many vessels coming from the East probably found it more convenient to unload their cargo at Zakro, than trying to sail around the ever-windy cape Sideros at the north-east tip of Crete. To the east the "Gorge of the Dead" that slices the rocky mountains connects the palace to the modern day Epano Zakros, and beyond to the mainland. The inhabitants of Zakros must have been able to make a living from the sea because there is not sufficient fertile land around the site to sustain a large population through agriculture.
Zakros is the smallest of the known Minoan palaces, about five times smaller than Knossos, and its location nearest the commercial destinations of Egypt, Cyprus and the Middle East transcended it to an important hub for economic and military activity. Like the other Minoan palaces of Crete, it was built around 1900 BC and most of the ruins date back to the Neopalatial period. Surrounding the palace was a thriving city, and the palace was the administrative, commercial, and religious center for the entire area. Many of the buildings were multistoried, with interior staircases, and light wells. Since the palace of Zakro was built on very wet land, water was always an element that needed to be addressed. The palace features a number of drains, a cistern, and a fountain were built.
The palace plan follows the typical minoan outline, with its large central court flanked by buildings for cult, storage, administration, and public events. To the east of the main court were the chambers for the king and the queen, and to the west rooms for religious activities and public events. The "Treasury of the Shrine" is the only such room that was found untouched by robbers and yielded a great deal of precious artifacts. The wealth of imported materials such as ivory, various metals, and semi-precious stones testifies to the intense commercial activity of the palace. A large amount of rare clay tablets inscribed in Linear A were also unearthed from the Archive room. Many of the surviving tablets were preserved because they baked during the fire that destroyed the palace in 1450.
The gorge of Kato Zakros
Within a few distance from the village of Zakros, starts the Gorge of deads, which ends at the bay of Kato Zakros. This gorge is of outstanding beauty, with large caves in its walls. In those caves were discovered tombs from the Minoan period, and finds of great archaeological importance. That is the reason why the gorge named "The Gorge of Deads". It is a part of the European path E4 and you can easily cross it in about 90 minutes. Because of its natural beauty and archaeological significance the gorge attracts numerous visitors every year.
The gorge of Lamnoni
The gorge of Lamnoni took its name from the village Lamnoni. Its end meets the beautiful beaches of Xerokampos ( 9km from Zakros). In the dry banks of the unfriendly gorge the visitor can observe the rich rocks and the strange shapings of the rocks that the air has created.
Cave of Pelekita Kato Zakros
One of the well known caves of Zakros area, located between Karoumes and Kato Zakros, in Pelekita or Sikia, very rich in décor, wonderful shapes of stalactites, is the biggest in-depth cave of Crete. The cave of Pelekita (hewers) as it is known has length 310 metres. The cave can be reached by traveling one hour from Kato Zakros, or from the beach of Kato Zakros by using mechanized boats. At the entrance of the cave is a fig tree (it is the only one there), which is a good prominent point to find the cave.
Cave of Peristera
Popular cave with rich decor. It is found at a distance of 2 klm east of the graphic village Karidi (9km from Zakros), in Plativola and in altitude of 540 metres. There were found traces of neolithic installation.
Sitia is a small and pleasant coastal town, with a continuing presence and a historical life which has its roots in ancient times. built in a semicircle on the western side of the Bay of Sitia, a typical, peaceful Mediterranean port. Today it has a population of 9000. Visitors in Sitia particularly enjoy the climate and the wonderful beaches. The highest temperature in the summer is approx. 32 C. and the lowest in winter is 7 C. Sitia is the seat of administrative and public services for the county and provides a modern airport with flights to and from Athens and a port with daily connections with Piraeus and other islands of the south east Aegean sea. A comfortable and safe road network connects Sitia with the other towns of Crete taking the visitors wherever they wish, so is a good starting point for several excursions throughout Eastern Crete. Some of the most important places to visit are Toplou Monastery, Palaikastro, Vai, Zakros, Kato Zakros, Xerokampos, Makri Gialos, Itanos.
A fine sample of the wild nature of Crete stretches from Sitia to Makrys Yialos. Remote beaches and secrete routes create an out-of-this planet atmosphere: sun, dust, stone and sea. The beach bordering the east side of town, stretching up to Petra, was polluted in the past. Now, by dint of private initiative, the beach is clean, with shower installations dotting the fine sand. This beach is conveniently placed near the town and attracts young people who enjoy surfing in its crystal clear waters. Now, lets have a look at Vai, the renowned palm forest of Crete. If you must see Vai, then you had better visit it off-season. The locals would rather bathe at Itanos, the name of a submerged ancient town the ruins of which are visible from the shore. Moving south from Vai, on routes reminiscent of Mexican landscapes, you will come across the Medieval Monastery of Toplou endowed with a very large estate, Palaikastro with the Chiona beach, Kouremenos and Rousolakos beaches. Kato Zakros is one of the best places very well knowing for its Minoan palace and fish taverns. Xerokampos, although difficult to access, offers one of the last idyllic spots of Crete: white sand, absolute serenity, and wild lilies growing on sand dunes. Now, if you also enjoy boating, you could hire or rent a boat and row or speed to Koufonissi from cape Goudoura. The isle, is deserted but with interesting Minoan ruins, sand dunes, wonderful beaches. The isle is ideal for camping as well. In addition, there are organized excursions to the isle from Makry Yialos. More information about daily trips to Koufonissi is available from the boat owners at Makry Yialos.
The name Sitia is derived from the ancient city of Itia, birthplace of one of the seven wise-men of the antiquity, Mison. Sitia existed during the Late Minoan period and until the Venetian period. During the Venetian occupation the town of Sitia was destroyed three times. In 1508 by a terrible earthquake, in 1538 by the pirate Barbarosa and in 1651 by the Venetians so as not to fall in the hands of the Turks.
For two centuries Sitia ceased to exist as a town, until 1869. The present city was built in 1870. Since then, Sitia is developing to one of the most important urban areas in Crete. Sitia is the birth place of the great poet Vintsenzos Kornaros, who wrote a masterpiece of Medieval poetry, "Erotokritos". The poem narrates the story of the princess Aretousa, daughter of the king of Athens Hercules, and Erotokritos, son of Pezostratos, member of the king's court. The most imposing monument of the past that dominates Sitia is the fortress of the castle called Kazarma from the "Casa di Arma". Kazarma was one of the buildings of Medieval Sitia, and it served as soldier's barracks and army headquarters. Kazarma and the imposing wall around it were originally built in the Late Byzantine period. The walls were repaired by the Venetians many times and especially after the terrible earthquake of 1508 and the attack by the pirate Barbarosa in 1538.