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Xerokambos in eastern Crete

Xerokambos (50 inhabitants) is, together with Kato Zakros, one of the nicest tourist resorts in eastern Crete. The Palm Beach of Vai is also located in the area but you can not stay there, and of course there is also Paleokastro that also offers some beaches. But I prefer Kato Zakros and Xerokambos.


One of the beaches in Xerokambos. Crete.

One of the beaches in Xerokambos.



Xerokambos is a tiny coastal settlement with discreet tourism. Xerokambos is a perfect destination if you like peace and quiet. The village is scattered over a plain with many olive trees. Here are some tavernas and pensions, as well as a number of very good beaches.

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Xerokambos beach Xerokambos in eastern Crete.



The steep uphill road from Xerokambos offers scenic views. After about 17 kilometres you arrive at a plateau with a village called Ziros. The plateau is not by a long chalk as large as the Lasithi plateau, nor equally attractive.

From Ziros, the road continues west until you reach the deserted medieval village of Etia. The village was founded during the Byzantine era, but flourished during the Venetian occupation. Not more than ruins remains, apart from a beautiful church and parts of a house.

From Etia, take the main road to the right towards Sitia, or to the left towards Ierapetra. If you turn left down to the coast you reach Makrygialos bay where the villages of Analipsi and Makrygialos are located so close together that they form the same village, as most people call Makrygialos.


Xerokambos beach in Crete an early morning in October.

Xerokambos an early morning in October.


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