This is where the 4th Minoan Palace in Crete was dug out, which is the only one not looted. It was built at around 1600 B.C., consisted of 180 rooms and extended to 8.000 sq. m. D.G. Hogarth first started digs in the site, but the main digger of the palace is Professor Platon. The Ancient Zakros Palace is smaller than the other palaces but is similarly set as the palaces in Knossos and Festos. It has a main (paved) courtyard around which stands the building in a labyrinthine set-up, with three western entrances and one main entrance with an altar.
The Gorge of the dead is one of the most interesting gorges in Crete. It lies at the end of the European 4 Path, starts from the settlement of Pano Zakros and ends in the beach of Kato Zakros. The name “Gorge of the Dead” was given due to the many Minoan tombs found in caverns in its steep sides, visible while walking it, as well as the various geological formations, creating, being works of art unto themselves, a fantastic scenery.
Pelekiton Cave deserves special mention, one of the largest caves in Crete. 5 km from Kato Zakros, it can be visited on foot or on a small boat. It is 310 meters long, there is a small lake at its end and in diggings in its interior human skeletons, as well as signs of inhabitants from the neolithical age were found.