Discover “the unspoiled Crete” while following paths through wild flowers, ancient olive trees and groves, small rivers, monasteries, gorges, secret forests, hidden villages, and old pathways
For action lovers, the Agiou Nikolaou canyon is the ideal choice. The path starts at the Zaros lake and passes by many interesting sights and places, starting with the Agiou Nikolaou Monastary, 900 metres further down. About 2,5 kilometres down the path you will find the entrance to the canyon which leads to the amazing forest in Rouvas, one of the few oak forests in Greece. There you will find the Agiou Ioanni (St. John) church.
The length of the route from the lake to the forest is 5 kilometres and requires about 2,5 hours when hiking uphill and 1,5 hours when hiking downhill.
Next on the tour of the area’s sights is Moni Vrontisiou, which was an important spiritual centre during the 17th century. Do not forget to visit Iera Moni Agiou Fanouriou (Valsamonerou), a monastary adorned with beautiful murals. There are many more sights near the area which you can visit, such as the caves and canyon in Kamares in addition to many car routes.
If you would like to get to know the village better, a walk through the narrow alleys of the village may hold many surprises. You will have the opportunity to admire the traditional, local architecture and find yourselves face to face with the amazing chapel of Agia Kiriaki (St. Kiriaki) which is located next to the church museum. Further down in lower Zaros, you will come across one of the village’s ten watermills (up until today two of the ten have been preserved and are open to visiting).
About 7 kilometres outside the village you will find the manmade Faneromeni Damn, where the rich, natural environment meets man’s work in technology.
Farmacy 2 km
How to find us
Zaros village is very famous and easy to find from any location you are. The new highway from Heraklion makes route safe, faster and enjoyable. Now in only 30 minutes you can be from Heraklion to Zaros.
COMING FROM HERAKLION AIRPORT
Take the high way E75 to Heraklion.
After 8 km from the Airport, take the direction towards (turn Right) to Moires - Agia Galini –Tympaki number 97.
After 23.2 km and before the village of Agia Varvara your will see a Round-about, please then turn right towards MOIRES (MIRES).
** This is the new Road (since 19/05/2019) and possibly is not on the Gps yet).
After about 10.2 km there is an exit on the right to MORONI - ZAROS.
On the way, you will go past the following villages: MORONI, PANAGIA and the next village is Zaros.
Arriving at Zaros village, you will go through the village. You keep on going straight and at the exit you will see our sign ‘’Eleonas’’ on the right.
Then you go pass the Zaros Water Bottling Facilities and after 1.5 km you will finally see our Eleonas Country Village.
Also you can download the below pdf file (How to find us) with detailed informations and photos for all the route.
ELEONAS Country Village
ZAROS HERAKLION CRETE – 70002
TEL: 0030 28940 31238 MOB: 0030 6976 670 002
GPS Coordinates: 35.142007, 24.905904