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This came a bit randomly in our trip and we’re glad it did. We loved Zaros for both the warmth of its people and the beauty of its decor. Our hike in Rouvas was great and every encounter was like it was family members. One of the highlights of our trip to Creta. If you like getting closer to people and their culture it’s a must on your list. If you’re into more attractions or shopping this one is not for you.
A very nice area of olive groves and brush from 500 m up where you can go hiking right from the hotel (Agios Ethimnios, Rouvas Gorge) or from Lake Votomos. You can also visit monasteries (in particular Vrontisi monastery). Plenty of good and very affordable tavernas around.
Zaros is a very nice village with good food (I highly recommend Vegera tavern- I got a delicious fish with different salads, fries, pasta, bread, olives, wine and dessert for only 15 euro, everything was so delicious and the owner is so nice and kind, she gave me advice on what to see near Zaros etc.), well ecquiped shops, 2 gas stations, nice architecture, coffee shops, hotels (recommended espetially Keramos hotel! - the owners hosted me at their farm but I also saw the hotel and it is amazing!), sourranded by the mountains. Very calm place, where it is nice to walk (there is a famous lake near). There is also a beautiful monastery not far from the village. It is easy to reach the seashore (30 mins by car). I espetially recommend Komos and Agiofarago beaches.
Quiet mountain town famous for plentiful supply of mineral water. Very friendly helpful locals. Great views of soaring mountains above. Centre for many fine Cretan natural products from dried herbs to Olive Oils. Try the local Trout for Dinner.
A very small community but nevertheless with Votomos lake, the gorge and nearby Festos a good location for a few days. Has supermarkets, fuel and atm. Driving in town needs caution because streets are narrow and busy.
Zaros is a typical small Creten town with little to recommend it. The Idi Hotel is another world. I wouldn't recommend Zaros for anything. but the hotel could be used as a base for many of the activities below.
Warm welcome by the friendly owners with home made local delicacies and tour around the house. Very quite location, with a lovely view from the terras on the Zaros mountains. The house is spacious, clean and all equipment is available. Excellent place to feel the authenticity of this very charming village and good base to explore the environment.
Incredible hotel with incredible owners, and super breakfast...in the same center of the village, they help you with everything you need, and always helps you and tell you whatever you want to know....the best place i stayed in crete!
The property is more beautiful than you could imagine. The atmosphere is relaxing and the hotel has an amazing restaurant and a cute bar near the pool.
great place with a great host. with a great view of zaros and the mountains we had a great time. thank you Demetrious
True local accommodation in the centre of Zaros. our hosts were delightful and super friendly.
You need to see it by yourselves! :) It is fantastic! Also visit Vivi for dinner in zaros!