The existence of a nearby tavern, offered us the occasion to enjoy our coffee, with a view to this magnificent lake…
We departed from the shores of the lake to go back to the main road and continue the ascend to Zarouchla. Here, at an altitude that exceeded the number of 800 meters, we came across the first fir trees. Far away, to the western horizon, one can see the imposing peaks of “Helmos”, whose more alpine and steeper side we can see from here. After the village “Agridi” the road is separated.
One of its asphalt branches heads east to the villages “Chalkianika”, “Vounaki”, “Agia Varvara”, which literally hang above the valley of the river “Krathi”, offering clear view to the whole western side of the mountain. This road, after a ride of less than 6 kilometers, leads back to the central roadway that is coming from Akrata and continues to Zarouchla. But, we took the other road that heads west, connecting the villages “Solos”, “Peristera” and “Mesorougi”, which lay at a steep side in the shadow of Helmos’ alpine “Neraithorachi”, thus reaching our final destination, the village Zarouchla at an altitude of 1.040 meters.