The name is of Iberian origin and means "the old".
The village contains a church dating back to the 18th century and a free standing clock tower built in 1880. The majority of the houses date back 400 years.
During the Moorish occupation of Spain a castle was built, but no remains exist today and the exact site is somewhat of a mystery. The village was reconquered by the Spanish in 1249 and incorporated into Valencia in 1281. Modern day Zarra dates from around 1600.