Paleokastro in eastern Crete
There are many Paleokastro in Greece and at least two of them are
in Crete. Paleo means "old" in Greek and kastro "castle"
in Greek. In other words, Paleokastro means "the old castle".
Another example is Paleochora
in south-west Crete, it means "the old village".
Paleokastro in eastern Crete.
Paleokastro (950 inhabitants) in eastern Crete is a pleasant farming town with a lively square with many taverns. Many tourist buses stop here on their way to or from the Vai palm beach. We always stop here for lunch when we are on our way to or from Kato Zakros which is about 27 kilometers south of Paleokastro.
The taverna square in Paleokastro.
A few kilometres south of Paleokastro begins a gorge called Hohlakies. It is said that the gorge is very nice to walk in and that the beach below is great. Unfortunately, I haven't had a chance to check it out. We got stuck with the car when we tried to drive the road that goes a bit into the gorge.
Near Paleokastro there are two long beaches: Kouremenos beach and
Hiona beach, neither of them is something to run your legs off for.
Hiona beach which is near Paleokastro.
WHAT YOU MUST NOT MISS WHEN YOU VISIT PALEOKASTRO