Zakharo Things to Do
waiting for the carnival at Krespis...
walking down to the square (just off the highway, opposite Vodafone store) we didn’t see much as the event was cancelled because of the rain, the heavy rain could hardly leave space to walk let aside for any proper parade.
I took some quick photos of the square including one (pic 2) of the bust of Antonis Krespis, former sub mayor that died during the disastrous fires of august 2007. The square was named after him.
Pic 3 is the poster about the carnival (takes place annually 40 days before the orthodox easter).Related to:
We didn’t have much time to check the town but the few minutes we drove around it failed to impress us. I noticed lots of concrete structures (and only a few stone ones in the old part of town) and no special style in general in most buildings.
I remember that during the 2007 fires some houses were burnt, I’m not sure which part though, I know that they were talking about a new town hall at the news that had to be priority (controversial announcement when local had died), pic 3 is the town hall.Related to:
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Tahatem Café: Tahatem Café
We parked the car off the national highway near the central square where the carnival would supposed to took place but the heavy rain cancelled the event and most people with their umbrellas left… We decided to find shelter at the café/bar in the corner. It was half empty but got packed fast because of the rain of course, it was funny to see at the table next to us young kids dress as cowboy, princess, superheroes etc .
Anyway the thing is that they advertised crepes and desserts outside so I thought it would fit my appetite for sweet at that time. Unfortunately they didn’t serve any of them (!) so we ended up with a nescafe and a Turkish coffee (2,50e for both of them!).
how to go there
Zaharo is located in western Peloponnese, 31km SE of Pyrgos, 24km SW of Olympia, 90km NW of Kalamata.
The town is split in two by the national highway (GR9/E55) that connects Patras with Kalamata. We drove there from Pyrgos stopping for a while at Kaiafas lake (5km before Zaharo). Inside Zaharo we drove through the small streets but saw many pedestrian streets too. Although there are some taxis the car will help you a lot for the general area.
There are numerous buses from Pyrgos during the week:
05:25, 06:15, 06:40, 07:35, 09:30, 11:15, 11:45, 12:15, 13:20, 14:35, 15:30, 17:30, 19:15, 21:45
But less frequent during the weekends
There are also some buses from Athens (usually through Tripoli) but also the buses that connect Patras and Kalamata
There used to be train connection with Pyrgos but not in service the last years