Zaros village, in the foothills of the central mountain range of Crete, is a lovely village, with its lake and gorge nearby. It is a very relaxed, rural and leafy spot to stay awhile. This area is popular with locals who drive up for a volta.
The village is 44 km from Heraklion in the very centre of the island. The locals produce olive oil, sultanas, vegetables and spring water. This is the Kenourghiou region of Kriti, part of the Heraklion region.
Near the village are traditional water mills which have been working since 16th century, archaeological sites, monasteries and, all around, of course, lots of fresh, clean mountain air.
One of the attractions of the area are the local fish farms with wonderful fresh trout and salmon. One serves terrific local traditional food in a covered courtyard, just next to the jumping fish. I Limni – The Lake, is a good taverna and serves fresh trout. Fish from glyko nero fresh water, are a modern taste. The fish tasted delicious to me. The meal here was heartily enjoyed by all.
Just 1.5 km from the village is Lake Votomos is a lovely place to visit for a picnic or to eat at one of the cafés right on the water, especially good to cool off during summer heat.
A truly idyllic natural haven for relaxation
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