The archaeological site of Zakros

Zakros is an ancient site on the eastern coast containing ruins from the Minoan civilization. It is believed to have been one of the four main administrative centers of the Minoans, and its protected harbor and strategic location made it an important commercial hub for trade to the east.


The town was dominated by the Palace of Zakros, originally built around 1900 BC, rebuilt around 1600 BC, and destroyed around 1450 BC along with the other major centers of Minoan civilization. Extensive ruins of the palace remain, and are a popular tourist destination.

Zakros is sometimes divided into Epano Zakros (Upper Zakros), the portion higher up on the hillside, and Kato Zakros (Lower Zakros), the part near the sea. A ravine known as the "Ravine of the Dead" runs through both the upper and lower parts of the ancient site, named after the numerous burials that have been found in the caves along its walls.

Zakros PalaceZakros West Wing ShrineZakros Archive RoomZakros Stepped CorridorZakros CisternZakros Rhyton

Epano Zakros is 38 km from Sitia. The road passes through Paleokastro where it doubles back towards the south. A comparatively large village, Zakros includes in its community the following smaller villages: Kato Zakros, Adravasti, Azokeramos, Kellaria, Klisidi and the small hamlets of Agios Georgios, Sfaka, Kanava and Skalia. The asphalt road ends at Kato Zakros.

Howarth of the British School of Archaeology in Athens excavated 12 houses before the site was abandoned. In 1961, Nikolaos Platon resumed the excavation and discovered the Palace of Zakros. Zakros has yieled several clay tablets with Linear A inscriptions.

Zakros Map
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How to get there:
From Sitia take the road to Paleokastro and from there follow the road to Zakros.