Travel guide

Zacharo


General info

Welcome to Zacharo...

Zacharo is a hamlet situated in the prefecture of Elis, with a population of more than 6.000 residents. It is located on the highway road connecting Kyparissia and Pirgos, which is 32 km southeast of Pyrgos and about 3 kilometers east of the coastline of the Gulf of Kyparissia. The eastern part of Zaharo spreads over a hillside, while the west part extends over a flat area surrounded by hillocks and fertile stretches that end up in a sandy beach 5 km in length. At the northernmost point of this beach, there is a Lake called “Caiaphas”, where one can see the famous mineral springs as well. Zacharo is also the seat of the homonymous municipality, which belongs to the province of Olympia. It includes all other traditional, contiguous villages.


In the past…

The town of Zacharo has been relatively recently established, given that there is no information on any such settlement before the Revolution of 1821. Besides, the establishment of the municipality of Zaharo goes back in the early 1880s. Before the Revolution, the area had been inhabited by seasonal agro-pastoralists of the contiguous villages, whereas it became a manor in the 18th century. Zacharo’s economy and population have been growing steadily and quickly, a development which was interrupted for a short time by the devastating fires of 2007.

 

Nowadays…

In addition to having a prominent position in the agricultural production of Greece, Zacharo has an important, multifaceted tourism potential too. Historic sites along with pristine beaches are combined with beautiful, picturesque landscapes, scenic places and natural sights, such as its long beach, full of dunes, which offers shelter to “Caretta Caretta” turtles in the summertime. Besides, there is also a place called Caiaphas, famous for its lake and spas. The Beach of Zacharo has been repeatedly awarded by the European community with the blue flag, which symbolizes its beauty and cleanliness. The area of ​​Zacharo includes significant monuments and is a place where one can gain access to the ancient sites of “Olympia” (25 kilometers away) and “Figalia”, which leads to the magnificent temple of “Apollo Epicures” (15 kilometers away). At this place, visitors can uundoubtedly enjoy the comforts of a growing spa town as well as a landscape of exceptional beauty.

Sight seeing

If you happen to come by or stay in this beautiful city,
then you can visit:


• the archaeological site of “Kakovatos” which is an important Mycenaean spot, given that, at this place, there have been found three vaulted tombs and a fortified settlement 4 km northeast of today's homonymous community

 

• The “Neda” gorge (of unique natural beauty) with its breathtaking waterfalls, ponds and lush vegetation

 

• Archaeological sites of “Olympia” (25 kilometers away) as well as of “Figalia"

 

• the magnificent temple of “Apollo Epicures”, which is about 15 km away from Zacharo

 

• At about 8 km southeast of Zacharo there is the ancient walled city of “Lepreo” which had been inhabited from Neolithic to Roman times

 

• The village of “Taxiarches”, 12 km southeast of Zaharo, where their impressive church dates from the 13th century

How to go

By Car:

Zacharo is 280 km away from Athens. After you have entered the Attica Road, follow the highway Athens-Corinth (for about 80 km, 40-50 minutes approx.). After you have left behind Corinth, follow the highway towards Tripoli (attention should be given to road signs so as not to miss the exit (approximately 81 km, 40 min.). Upon arrival in Tripoli continue your journey to the new motorway towards Kalamata. About 30 kilometers before you reach Kalamata bear left towards “Kalo Nero” – “Kyparissia” (attention should be given to road signs, 36 km distance, 20 minutes approx.). At the intersection of “Kalo Nero”, turn right towards Pyrgos and you will reach Zacharo after 25 kilometers.

 

Total travel time : 170 - 200 minutes

 

By Bus:

There are daily itineraries from Athens to Zacharo. The departure point is at the main bus station of Athens. (KTEL Busses Kifisos - Kifissou 100, on the national road of Athens).

 

For more information please call:

KTEL Busses Athens : ☎  (+30) 210 5134110

KTEL Busses Zacharo : ☎  (+30) 26250 31219


By Train:

For more information and itineraries, please visit the following websites:

www.proastiakos.net and www.ose.gr

Useful telephones

Police Station Zacharo : ☎  (+30) 26250 33 333


Taxi Station Zacharo : ☎  (+30) 26250 - 31357, 31356


Health Center Zacharo : ☎  (+30) 26250 - 34 915


Drugstores Zacharo : ☎  (30) 26250 32300 - 34567, 31650


Post office Zacharo : ☎  (+30) 26250 - 22235, 31205


Agrotiki Bank Zacharo : ☎  (+30) 26250 31213


National Bank Zacharo : ☎  (+30) 26250 - 31400, 32709


Citizen Service Centre (KEP) Zacharo : ☎  (+30) 26250 - 36130


Municipality Offices Zacharo : ☎  (+30) 26253 60300


Fire Department Zacharo : ☎  (30) 199


Caiaphas Spa area : ☎  (+30) 26250 31709

Distances

From the city of Zacharo to:

Athens

267 km

Thessaloniki   

608 km

Piraeus

272 km

Larisa

609 km 

Volos

582 km 

Ioannina

363 km 

Zakynthos

118 km 

Pylos

87 km 

Kalamata

88 km

Nafplio

174 km 

Patras

136 km 

Sparti

57 km 

Corinth

165 km 

Igoumenitsa

429 km

Pyrgos

40 km