Xerokambos, if you prefer isolation from the rest of the world, and a multitude of tiny coves lined with gold sand along the cool waters of the Mediterannean then you are at the right place.
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.
From May through mid-October there are direct charter flights to Heraklion and Sitia Airport. Tickets can be bought in advance for almost all flights via our partner website.
The journey is the thing". A superb way of enjoying the journey to Crete is to fly to Athens and take the ferry from Piraeus (Pireas) - the port serving Athens. A still-romantic way to travel by the overnight ferry from Piraeus to Heraklion Port. Tickets can be bought in advance for all ferries via our website.
If you want to explore the region while you're here, we recommend that you rent a car, other means of transport are limited and/or infrequent. We suggest our sister website, which offers competitive prices and you can collect your car at either airport.
If a taxi transfer makes sense, book your taxi transfer online easily and safely from the airport or port to any location via our website.
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.
Krinakia Villas, four self-catering residences, with stunning sea views of the shining Libyan Sea, private swimming pools and just steps away from a long sandy beach! This complex is the modest princess of one of the most special places in Crete: Xerokambos.
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.
More exciting activities in lovely East Crete.
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.
If you don't mind to drive for a half hour then Platanakis Cretan Family Tavern at Zakros is a delicious option.
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.
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