One of the most important villages of Pisa of Psiloritis and one of the most historic villages of Crete.
In Zaros, you will be impressed by the variety of activities it has to offer. Starting with a visit to the lake, you can enjoy your coffee while gazing at its blue green waters, feed the ducks and fish or walk around the lake and enjoy the beautiful scenery. When you have worked up an appetite, you can try the amazing food of the local cuisine at the traditional tavern protected by the shade of the plane trees.
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.
It is worth a walk in the narrow streets of the village and in the old beautiful neighborhoods. On the main street there are various shops, such as cafes, creperies, pizzerias, mini markets, traditionally woven Mitos.