Káto Zákros was the tiniest place we stayed in on our trip. It doesn‘t quite qualify as a village, being virtually uninhabited during the winter, when its few businesses (two good-sized tavernas and a couple of other eating places) are closed. On the other hand, it’s the site of one of the four Minoan palaces that have been discovered—the last one to be excavated, as its location was determined only in 1961. Quiet as Káto Zákros may be today, it was obviously a place to reckon with three or four thousand years ago. Its location at the eastern end of Crete was convenient for trade with the civilizations on the Mediterranean coast to the east and south. Only a couple of small fishing boats can anchor there now, but the harbor may have been bigger and better sheltered then—the winds and tides of several millennia have doubtless caused some changes.

After four days of sightseeing in Iráklio and other places, we were ready for something a little more restful.
Getting to Káto Zákros
Click the map icon at the right for a view of the route we took to get here, dark blue for the bus from Iráklio to Ágios Nikólaos and green for the taxi we arranged to take us the rest of the way.

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