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Zaros (ca. 35 km)

A famous and healthy table-water comes from Zaros, a small Cretan village at the foot of the Psiloritis in the Idi mountains. Due to its extensive water resources, Zaros is a green oasis in mid-summer and Zaros is the only place where you will find trout and salmon farms. The monastery of Agios Nicolaos can be reached by means of a narrow road leading from Zaros. You can park your car or motorcycle on the car-park in front of it. The monastery of Agios Nicolaos is one of the earliest churches to be built in Crete. The ancient icons and mural paintings are a particular attraction. At present, monks are converting the monastery to an orphanage.

 From the monastery you have direct access to the footpath through the Rouvas Gorge, which is a miniature version of the Samaria Gorge and which leads you to the high plateau of Agios Joannis (approx. 2 ½ hours).

Sitting in the shade of one of the ancient holm-oaks on the plateau, is the ideal place for a picnic. Don't forget to take plenty of water with you on your walk. Contrary to the Samaria Gorge, you will meet only a very few tourists on your walk and will have no admission fees to pay anywhere. The same path leads you back to the monastery of Agios Nicolaos, but it is in no way boring, since the Gorge takes on a completely new look now.

Once you have reached the end of the path, drive to the monastery of Vrodissi, where you can see some very old and beautiful icons. These icons are still of great importance for the local people. As grande finale of the day, you could enjoy a meal of trout or salmon in Zaros.