The artificial lake of Zaros or Votomos is located on the southern slopes of Psiloritis, just 1km north of Zaros and 45km southwest of Heraklion. The area was a small wetland before 1987, which was shaped in the crater of Votomos Spring. It took its current form in 1987 when the Forest Service created an artificial lake where the spring water is stored.
The name Votomos is known to most Cretans after the local bottling company for one of the most famous firms of bottled water in Greece. The water comes from the 3 springs of Mati, some of the many springs of the region. "Zaros" in Greek means a place with a lot of water.
Around the lake, there are several restaurants and cafes, where visitors can relax and taste trout and salmon, which are bred in tanks near the lake. The lake is also surrounded by a playground, several benches, and tables, where you can picnic. A stroll around the lake is very short.