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Archaeological Sites in Eastern Crete

The Palace of Zakros is located 26 kms south of Palekastro. Its position shelters it from the dangerously strong north winds that pass Cape Sidero on the north-east tip of Crete...
The Bronze Age town, whose original name is not known, is situated at Rousolakkos, two kilometres from the village of Palekastro on a spectacular coastline.

Makri Gialos, on the south coast, 38 kms from Sitia and 25 kms from lerapetra, is the coastal settlement of the Agios Stephanos community. It was not possible that the ancients could have ignored such a wonderful site.

On a low hill (Petras-h. 40 m.) by the sea close to Sitia town, lies an important Minoan settlement. It had a large harbour and was the centre of an area bordered by...

Itanos flourished in the historic Greek and Roman period. It was established in the Prehellenic period. Itanos became powerful and wealthy from conducting trade with Syria, Palestine and Libya.

The important ancient city of Pressos was the homeland of the Eteocretans--the true Cretans. These people withdrew to these three hills, built a city and continued their Minoan culture when the Dorians invaded.

Etia is a small settlement situated in the Municipality of Lefki. It's 2 kms far from the village of Papagianades driving to the village of Armeni. In a Venetian census was recorded with a population of 564.

This is a small island in the Libyan Sea off the south-eastern coast of Crete, or more eχactly, south-east of the Goudouras promontory. Together with the islets of Makroulo, Strongilo, Trachila and Marmara it forms a close group.

This is an area of great archaeological interest because, in addition to various chance finds and signs of habitation in the cave of Koufoto on the shore, a large necropolis came to light near the cave (at a place now known as Patima).

The village of Voila is 1km away from the village of Handras. It is a medieval deserted village protected by the Archaeological Offices of Eastern Crete.

In the Hamezi area, 11 km from Sitia on a conical-shaped hill known as Souvloto Mouri (which means pointed- or sharp - faced), is the only oval house so far discovered of the Middle Minoan period.


The Minoan civilisation became famous at the beginning of our century because of the excavations by Sir Arthur Evans. It was like unearthing from the nebulae of the past, a new mythical world, unknown until then but very ravishing. The archaeological scientific research on the Minoan civilisation that was done during the continuous excavations by Greek and non-Greek scientists did not deprive the subject of its interest, but it became much more interesting.

Life in Minoan Crete

Tripitos is a small peninsula sited 3 km from Sitia. An artificial shelter for ships dug in the rocks, has been found there and is dated from the Hellenistic period.

Tripitos in sitia


Archaeological Sites in Eastern Crete

Kato Zakros
Etia (Venetian Mansion)
Agia Fotia
Voila (Venetian Mansion)
Archaeological Museum of Sitia
Life in Minoan Crete


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