Crete Lakes

Faneromeni
Dam

Heraklion

Faneromeni Dam Lake
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The dam of Faneromeni is located 7km west of the village Zaros and about 7km north of Tymbaki, at the periphery of Faneromeni village. It is located in a scenic location, in a verdant valley at the southern foot of Psiloritis Mount. The artificial lake covers an area of approximately 1000 acres and has a capacity of 20 million cubic meters. It is mainly watered by the river Koutsoulidis, that gathers water from Rouvas wood.

The dam was constructed in 2005, to meet the increased demand for irrigation of the Mesara plain. In the few years of operation, the lake of Faneromeni has become an extremely important wetland, where rare birds and animals nest. The dam can be accessed through Vori village, near Phaestos. Road signs show the way. Other routes to access it is through the village Galia and Zaros. A walk in the dam and the abandoned village of Laloumas near its banks during the spring is a wonderful experience.

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Additional Info

  • Location: Heraklion Prefecture
  • Water: Water all year round

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