Xerokambos is located in an untouched region, 48 km from Sitia, 10 km from Zakros and 28 km from Palekastro. Mountains, olive groves and magnificent isolated beaches make up the breathtaking scenery. Xerokambos boasts probably the finest beaches in the area and is ideal for those seeking peace, quiet and relaxation. Public transport stops in Zakros, therefore anyone wanting to explore the area would need to hire a car.
There are two roads to go to Xerokambos. The road from Zakros to Xerokambos is a new asphalt road (9 km). From Sitia, drive the Makrigialos and Piskokefalo road. After 10 km, in Episkopi, turn left to Handras, Ziros, Hametoulo and Xerokambos (45 km from Sitia, on a new surfaced road). There is a small temporary lagoon (dry from the end of May). In March and April tavernas are not necessarily open. You can see Koufonisi island at the right side of the background in this photo.
Xerokampos is an old settlement and people have long lived in these areas,
way before modern civilizations were built. It is first recorded in the 1583 Venetian census.
The ancients were certainly aware of the beauty of this place and its
important position and the site has been inhabited since the Minoan times.
The settlement would appear to have been at the spot called Katsounaki and on Trahilas hill a peak sanctuary already looted was discovered. There are important ancient sites from Hellenic times on the hills of Antisternia and Farmakokefalo. At Farmakokefalo where the excavations are under the authority of the archaeologist N. Papadakis an important town, mainly of the Hellenistic era was brought to light. It is possible that the town is Ambelos which various literary sources and correlation place in this area of Crete.
Weather forecast for Xerokambos Bay and windsurfing:
16 December 2003. From Ziros area to Xerokambos ! Crete in winter is as beautifull as it is in spring and summer.