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Weather Palekastro

Palekastro

is a small town with a population of 953 inhabitants

as per the greek national census of 2011,

(source Wikipedia.gr)

and is the most north-eastern settlement of the island of Crete, part since 2011

of the Municipality of Sitia.

Tourist map of the Lassithi

Palekastro is located in a valley rich in olive groves

about two kilometers away from the

beaches of Kouremenos and Xiona, on a stretch of coast delimited by

the Cape Sidero to the north and the

promontory of Roussolakos and PetsofÓs to the south.

The town overlooks a bay, which also takes its name from Palekastro, with clear and clean waters and the distinctive landscape of the uninhabited and rocky islets of ElÓsa and GrÓndes.

This area is quite exposed to the Meltemi winds in summer, enough to be very popular with windsurfers (on the beach of  Kouremenos  there are two centers dedicated to this sport).

 

But Palekastro  is also a popular tourist destination offering peaceful holidays away from mass tourism, has tavernas and restaurants with good Greek food (in the village and its beaches)

and offers also grocery stores and other kinds of shops, has a gas station (with service garage), a bank with an ATM and also pharmacy and medical service.

 

Besides, the entire surrounding area attracts tourism not only in summer, because it offers a number of pleasant hiking trails of all types and levels (such as the simple path Palekastro/Chochlakies or the longer and more challenging

Baia di GrÓndes (Palekastro)

Kato Zakros/Palekastro) to hike especially in spring and autumn.

 

But this is also an area full of archaeological sites from different ages, from the large village of Minoan age near the Hellenistic

Xiona beach Xiona beach Kouremenos beach Il porticciolo di Kouremenos

sanctuary dedicated to Zeus Dicteo in Roussolakos, to the fortifications of the Late Minoan age on the hill of Kastrý overlooking the bay of Palekastro, to the mountain sanctuary of the Middle Minoan period on the promontory of PetsofÓs, to the site of Itanos, Erimo¨poli for the Greeks, or the fortified monastery of Moni Toplo¨ of the fourteenth century or even the Minoan palace of Kato Zakros.

 

On a journey through history and in the ages really intense and interesting, that will touch not only historical places but also places of high environmental value such as, among others, Vai with its palm forest (that popular legends want born from the seeds of the dattes which were the food of the Ottoman troops that passed through here in ancient times), Maridati small secluded bay at the mouth of a dry river, the picturesque Gorge of the death from Ano Zakros to Kato Zakros and also the beautiful Itanos, a piece of Africa in Europe...... and just to mention some, really not to be missed during a holiday in these areas.

Kouremenos beach Roussolakos e PetsofÓs Maridati Capo Sidero

Palekastro has its central square at coordinates +35 ░ 11 '57.63 " North, +26 ░ 15' 17.10" East and is 1 km. from AgathiÓs to the east, 21 kilometers far from Sitia to the west (20 minutes by car), 8.6 km from the beach of Vai to the North (15 minutes) and 31 kilometers (half an hour), from Xerocampos to the south (distances and data extracted from Google Maps and travel times...... tested directly on the spot!).

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