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Route 3: Azokeramos - Traostalos (Palekastro-Zakros area)

Total length of run : 9 kms - 2 hours (Azokeramos - Traostalos - Azokeramos)



Traostalos Mount is situated between Palekastro and Katos Zakros

Traostalos Mount is situated between Palekastro and Katos Zakros. It is a wild area and difficult of access. Only the herdsmen can approach and use it for the cattle.
On the way to Traostalos peak
At the backround The Village of Zakros

From Azokeramos settlement there is a new dust road, which leads to the top of the mountain (520m high).
In the background of the photo you can see the village of Ano Zakros.

The road which is of good condition, was made recently and it is not difficult to drive it, either by a simple car. Photo: View to the north.

View to Palekastro area
South Crete

If you are lovers of the hiking, the route will offer you a marvellous view to the Zakros’ area, to Xerokambos (southern) and to the small settlements near Palekastro as Chochlakies, Kelaria, Adravasti). Photo: View to the south

As you reach the top, you will see the perfect blue of the Cretan Sea to the east. Before that you will see the entrance of Karoumes’ gorge.

Near the top
Skinias bay

From the top you can see clearly the Skinias bay to the north.

The hikers will need almost one hour to ascend the last 5km. Just think that the route starts from Azokeramos (260m high) and ends to the tope Traostalos (520m). The return is much easier.

The small village of Azokeramos
View to West and to the Sitia Mountains
In the eastern side of the mountain near the sea and 150 m high the known cave of the area of Zakros “Pelekita” is situated.
The sightseeing in the area and the view of the tops of the surrounding Sitian mountains will give an appetite for more activities and adventures.
Xerokambos area
Zakros Gorge from above
Karoumes Gorge


Between Azokeramos and Zakros
Azokeramos and Surroundings


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