• Region : Crete
  • Prefecture: Lasithi
  • Municipality: Sitia
  • Population: 290

Xerokambos is a quiet farming settlement on the far southeastern flank of Crete.

The extreme south-east coast of Crete offers a gem with topography of sweeping cave-filled mountainsides, pausing briefly to house Xerokambos itself before two long sandy beaches and great swimming in beautiful waters.

Its isolation means that tourism is pretty much low key and the busiest period is July and August with a lot of locals visitors as well.

There are but a few places to stay, the same with tavernas. Without a car or motorcycle there is a long walk if you want to eat at any but the nearest taverna to where you are staying – but you need a vehicle to get to Xerokambos anyway.

How to get there

Accessible from Zakros via 9 km of a narrow road or from Ziros on a spectacular, winding and recently surfaced road. The road through Xerokambos itself is now surfaced.

Where to stay

You will usually find a number of places available to stay, mostly simple rooms and apartments.

We would have suggested our Akti Rooms, an small family complex that is just few meters away from the sandy beach of Ammatou and is an ideal place for those who seek a quiet and relaxing break next to the beach in a beautiful unspoiled area in this eastern edge of Crete.

What to see & do

Enjoy and relax. Walk along the coast road (a track) towards Ag. Irini, passing a small bay with another pleasing beach and yet more natural sculptures in rock formed in the mountain surrounds. Swim.

Many caves in the gorge on this route also. In fact this area would delight those in search of caves.

Eat fresh fish and local rabbit, lamb, pork and salads - depending what upon what the special of the day is, at any one of the tavernas.

Visit Kato Zakros, a quiet beachside place, with a famous Minoan palace.

Where to eat & drink

Traditional taverna Kastri is excellent for grilled meat and especially fresh fish. You'll receive a warm welcome from the "clean-proud" family; open also in the morning for coffee, possibly breakfast, with relaxing view to the sea.

Another option for food is Liviko View, with a taverna right under their rooms. All tavernas offer many salads and vegetable dishes (vegetarians will have no problem enjoying good food).

There are 2 or 3 more tavernas, depending on the season, in the Xerokambos area.

Special comments

A place to enjoy the sea and the mountain-scapes and peaceful surroundings - as close as you can get to experiencing the dream of quiet by the sea in Crete.

No nightlife (eating and a drink, the moon, the waves, the air provide that) - no mobiles! (very limited reception).The beaches of Xerokambo are considered as some of the most beautiful and pristine beaches of Eastern Crete.