Crete is undoubtedly the biggest and most famous island in the entire country of Greece, and it is visited by tens of thousands of curious tourists every year. In addition to the natural beauty of the island, one of the aspects that make it so special is the fact that it is located between three large continents: Crete is located at the intersection of Africa, Asia and Europe, and there are several different waters that wash its shores: the Cretan Sea, the Libyan Sea, the Carpathian Sea, the Ionian and the Mediterranean sea.

With a population of over half a million inhabitants, Crete is devised into four large prefectures: Heraklion, Chanias, Rethimno and Lasithi. Kato Zakros Crete is also surrounded by several smaller islands as well, and its flora and fauna are particularly special as well as there is a bit of everything on this island: you can find mountains, plains, clear waters, clean beaches and a plethora of other natural and man-made tourist attractions. Speaking of the mountainous region of Crete, it must be mentioned that there are three main types of mountainous regions that stand out: The Dikti, where the highest peak measures just over 2,100 meters and it is called Entichi, the Lefka Ori mountain with the Pachnes peak that measures almost 2,500 meters in height and last, but not least, the Idi mountain with the Timio Stavro peak that is only four meters smaller than the Pachnes peak.

On the other hand, the beautiful district of Heraklion has some low mountain regions as well, regions that barely exceed 1,200 meters in height, yet that are equally beautiful to visit. As mentioned above, the large island of Crete has a bit of everything in terms of natural surroundings, even two plains called Mesaras and Chanias, along with a myriad of different plateaus. Some of the most sought-after and appreciated plateaus on the island of Crete are Omalou, Kallikaratous Sfakion, Anopoleos or the beautiful Armenon plateau. There are some forests of oak and chestnut that surround the island as well!

Throughout the centuries, the inhabitants of Crete and those who used to visit the island have shown a particular interest not only in the natural wonders located on the surface, but also for those underground, given the fact that the island is known to be very rich in elements like copper, zinc, magnesium, lead, lignite or iron. However, there are numerous precious metals to be found in the subsoil of the island as well, from gold and silver to valuable gems.

However, this is not all – the Kato Zakros region and Crete are also naturally irrigated by ancient rivers like Platis, Karteros, Tayronitis, Geropotamos or Anapodiaris, and there are several small lakes such as Kourna that are worth visiting.

If you are planning an extended vacation to the island of Crete and you want to enjoy both the island and its surroundings, then you should know that in addition to the beautiful Kato Zakros beach, you can also opt for peninsulas like Sitia, Akrotiri, Rodopoy or Gramvousas, along with beautiful and naturally carved golfs like Merampellou, Heraklion or Chania.

Tourists come to visit Crete all year round, given the warm, pleasant and friendly climate – even the summer rains are hot and pleasant, and the summer months tend to be cool while the winters are warm and pleasant. Nonetheless, this can depend a lot on the region, as well as on the geography of the place. Just like the entire Greece, Crete is also very well-known for its production of wine, fruits, olive oil and the different types of cheeses that are being shipped all over the world, each year.

The industry is very well-developed here as well, especially the cottage industry which has blossomed in Crete throughout the years. That being said, those who are interested in the economy, culture and the industry of Greece and Crete can always visit the lace factories, the carpets, the textile and the knitting factories that are spread all across the island. Speaking of the culture of the island, there are some reminisces from the Neolithic and the Minoan culture that can be still seen today, such as the ruins of old and majestic palaces that were partially destroyed a few centuries ago, mainly by pirates.

Last, but not least, Crete also fascinates its visitors through its outstanding history, as throughout the centuries it was occupied by the Romans and the Turks, until the Cretan Revolution that ignited at the beginning of the 19th century.