Xerokambos has many caves, the splendid neighbouring bay making a magical picnic place. A better place to spend time right by the sea, in peaceful surroundings and dramatic mountain backdrop, is hard to imagine.
Except the two beautiful beaches at Xerokambos worth visit as well is the Salt Lake or Alatsolimni a large salt lake which is dry during the Summer months and in the Winter floods with water and forms a small lagoon. The lagoon is an ideal refuge for many migratory birds such as flamingos, herons etc. In Alatsolimni forms and a beautiful beach.
Flowers lover, then you have to visit the beautiful isolated beach of Katsounaki. In order to get there you have to park and walk for a few minutes. Between the dunes sprouts the rare and beautful white sand lily.
West of the main beach beneath the small church of St. Nikolas in a small bay is the well known beach of Argilos or Clay because of the clay that exists in that area. Here you will see people covered with clay in order to make natural spa a sand bath and massage. Next to Argilos Beach is another superb beach of Gerontolakos with crystal clear waters and fine sand.
Visit the Toplou Monastery which is located about 11km east of Sitia, one of the wealthiest, most beautiful and most important monasteries in Crete. The historic monastery has a very special architecture with a square shape and it looks more like a castle.
Small excursions should include the Kapsa Monastery above the gorge of Perivolakia (about 10 km east of Makrygialos) and the remains of the medieval village of Vóila.
You can also make longer trips to the famous palm beach of Vaï (but don’t go in July or August when it gets sadly crowded), the lively seaside town of Agios Nicolaos on the northern coast, the Lasithi Plateau famous for its 7,000 (or so) windmills, or, closer to ‘home’, the island of Koufonisi, to see the remains of the ancient Roman theatre and to go for a swim from the wonderful sandy beaches.
Sitia Town is an absorbing place to wander around, doing no more than enjoying atmosphere. The small narrow streets behind the seafront feature the everyday scenes of a Cretan provincial small town: villagers in to stock up on news and necessities and stores which cater to their every conceivable need.
Go to Kato Zakros which apart from having one of the largest archaeological sites just by the beach, has a far-away peaceful, end-of-the-road beach and small seafront, with a handful of tavernas serving all the food that you could wish to enjoy by the sea. Here you will find as well the excavations of the Minoan palace at Kato Zakros and the so-called Gorge of the Death a unique destination for hikers and the end of the European Path E4.
The Cave of Pelekita is situated at a distance of 5km northeast from Kato Zakros, and is one of the biggest caves in Crete with length of up to 310m and occupies an area appoximately 500m2. The interior is unique as spectacular stone blocks alternate wtih the stalactites and the stalagmites that decorate it.
Don't miss to enjoy the traditional, delicious cuisine at Platanakis Family Tavern at Kato Zakros.
More activities at Lasithi Area.
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