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Faneromeni Lake south of Zaros in Crete
Can a lake be an attraction? Yes, if you, like me, are interested in birds. Even if you are not usually interested in bird watching, you might be after a visit at Faneromeni Lake. The lake, which is actually a large dam, is not on all maps. The dam was built in 2005 and is 1000 hectares in size.
Faneromeni Lake near Zaros.
Faneromeni Lake in the other direction.
Faneromeni Lake is located about 6 kilometres southwest of Zaros. The lake, which actually is a large dam, is not included on all maps. To get there, drive through the lower part of Zaros and drive towards the tiny settlement of Loumas, or Laloumas. The lake, or the dam if I should be correct, begins at Loumas.
Once you have parked the car at this church, just start bird watching.
Faneromeni Lake is a paradise for those who like birds. Even if you do not belong to the growing crowd of bird watchers, it may still be worth the short drive to the lake. Lakes are, as you know, unusual in Greece, and - apart from all the lovely birds - the surroundings are lush and beautiful.
Here you can be standing for a long time enjoying the rich bird life.
When we were here in October we saw 38 different species. Imagine how it must be here in the spring, or earlier in the autumn. Bee eater, black kite, marsh sandpiper, cirl bunting, common kingfisher, black-crowned night heron, water rail, ferruginous duck and long-legged buzzard are some of the species we saw. Bring a good binoculars, otherwise it is difficult to identify the birds.
On the lookout for ferruginous duck (Aythya nyroca) at Faneromeni Lake.
Faneromeni Lake is a paradise for those who like bird watching.