Xerokambos is one of the most remote areas of Crete of the far east coast.
I’ve been there in summer for swimming and relaxing, and in winter for hiking in the mountains with breathtaking views.
You can get there from Makrygialos, and then drive inland and up to Ziros, passing a plateau (Armeni-Chandras) with vineyards, and continuing on a spectacular, winding road.
Another way to get there is a 9km narrow road from Zakros, or following the coastal road after Makrygialos, and then up to Ziros. On another day I drove that road, which is also really nice, and passes many beaches and the small Kapsa monastery from the 15th (or maybe even 13th or 14th) century, build against the hill at the end of a small gorge.
Xerokambos’ wild mountains are in direct contrast to the calm sea and the beautiful beaches. In a relatively small area you can find all types of beaches, as there are beaches with rocks, coarse pebbles, small pebbles, golden sand and white sand, and all have amazing turquoise waters.
As it is so isolated, there is not much tourism, and the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing day at one of the beautiful beaches. The surrounding mountains are rugged and wild, characterized by bare rocks, steep mountains and gorges. An amazing place for a hike, with views to the Libyan sea, after which you can cool down in the turquoise waters down below, and have a nice lunch in one of the small tavernas next to the beach.
Other sights in the same area:
- Kato Zakros , the Minoan palace and the valley of the dead
- Zakros with the springs
- Xerokambos gorge
- Moni Kapsa monastery
- Chandras plateau/Ziros wine-country