Top ChoiceCretan in Zaros


The vivacious Vivi has a knack for turning farm-fresh local produce into flavourful and creative dishes based on traditional recipes. Her philosophy is to ‘cook the way we cook in our house’ and indeed her cute...

Mediterranean in Zaros

Eleonas Taverna

Scrumptious, fresh Mediterranean food pulls in punters for fish, salads or daily-changing meat grills, or lighter fare including soups. To top it off, there’s an excellent kids’ menu and one of the best wine...

Monastery in Zaros

Moni Vrondisi

Situated 4km northwest of Zaros, this monastery is noted for its 15th-century Venetian fountain with a relief of Adam and Eve, and early-14th-century frescoes from the Cretan School, including one depicting the...

Cafe in Zaros

Za Rous

Trendy Za Rous feels a little too cool for Zaros, but the town's best espresso is good reason to buck the traditional kafeneio (coffee shop) template. Locals pack in for ridiculously tempting waffles, crepes and...

Museum in Zaros

Folklore Museum of Zaros

Opened in 2015, this tiny museum, housed within a traditional stone cottage, is one of those things you feel you should go to just to support them. It houses a quaint selection of donated items from the past,...

Taverna in Zaros

Votomos Taverna

Although you’re in the mountains, you can be certain that the fish is fresh at this family-run taverna, where you can see trout splashing in large tanks before they end up on your dinner plate. Note: it's the...

Lake in Zaros

Lake Votomos

Emerald green and tree fringed, this small reservoir just northeast of Zaros was created in 1987 to store the town’s natural spring water. It attracts scores of birds and is great for chilling in the shady park...

Monastery in Zaros

Moni Agios Nikolaos

Just west of Zaros, a sign directs you to this monastery at the mouth of the Rouvas Gorge, about 2km up the valley. The church has some fine 14th-century frescoes. Don’t confuse it with the new church under...

Cretan in Zaros

Limni Taverna

This lakefront taverna is a peaceful oasis serving Cretan specialities, and it’s just the spot for trout dishes. The starters that come out with the bread are a nice touch.