Weather Forecast | Weather Maps | Weather Radar | Hurricane Center
Touring the Zagori area on foot is a
(anyone of good
health and fitness can do the trek).
The Zagorohoria | Hotels
in the Zagoria | Activities | Touring the
The prospect of a walking tour in Greece,
guided or self-guided, may appear daunting, but it is not so.
Armed with the map and the guide book that we provide, you can
take daily hikes that do not require specialised skills (4-7 hrs
long), through an area where foreign hikers predominate. Walking
along well marked mountain trails and stone paths that lead to
the villages, you may hike for hours without seeing anybody.
of wild flowers, the variety in trees and the richness of fauna,
persuaded the Greek government to declare this area a National Park in 1971. Explore the forested mountains of the
Vikos National Park with the old arched stone bridges and the
little Byzantine churches.
there: Athens to Ioannina
is roughly a 7 hrs trip. An overnight stop at "Giannena"
is advised to give you the opportunity to eplore the beautiful
city by the lake Pamvotida. From Ioannina to the
Zagori villages (30-40km), the trip takes
another hour. The biggest challenge of
hiking the area is how to return to your point of origin. The
long, winding Vikos gorge separates the villages from each other
and it takes hours to drive to a village that is visible across
the gorge. Local buses run twice a day, stoping in the village
squares; one service connecting the villages near Papigko
and the other connecting the villages near Monodendri.
- One can hike a round trip, of course.
The road is the same, but trails look vastly different
when traveling the opposite direction,
- One can back-pack from one village to
the next, although passages are steep, or
- One could even arrange to have his
luggage sent ahead to the final destination.
easy-to-follow plan is as follows:
- Starting from Tsepelovo, descend to the Vikos Gorge, at the point marked by the
"Paliogefira" stone building. After Kipi and Koukouli
you cross the "Misiou" bridge
and climb the Vitsa stairs (3hrs.) to
reach Vitsa and Monodendri. In summer, a quick dip in the crystal
clear waters of the Voidomatis springs
will refresh you for the steep ascent to the villages of Papigko.
- Starting from Megalo Papigko you can follow an ascend along the flanks of
Mt. Astraka en route to the Mountain
Refuge. At 2100m. the refuge located on a beautiful ridge
between two valleys, affords some of the most spectacular
views of the Pindus Mountains ( 4 1/2
hours). You can either rest around the Hellenic
Alpine Club Hut, or carry on your hike further
up to the beautiful Dragon Lake
(Drakolimni), before returning to Papigko.
Alpine newts Triturus Alpestris lives here and gives the
name of the lake a deeper meaning. In Spring, the
mountain meadows are a mass of colour with crocus,
orchids and gentians.
- Starting from Monodendri
- hike along the rim of the Vikos
Gorge to the monastery
of Agia Paraskevi and explore the
- walk along to the
stone trail to Kipi
and the famous triple arched Kipi
- descend into the Vikos
Gorge one of
the most interesting geological formations in
Europe. Walk along the river (filled with trout),
below the Astraka massif.
(Duration 6-7 hrs).
- hike to “the big
trees” (leisurely), enjoying the view
overlooking a valley near Konitsa.
(Duration 5-6 hrs).
- Head south towards Tsepelovo, a regional center for the Zagorian
villages. This hike takes us to Sarakatsani
shepherd colonies before reaching the path to Tsepelovo (6 hrs).
- From Tsepelovo follow a long abandoned stone-paved trail
through small villages and continue to the famous Kipi
- Visit the Vlacho village of Vovoussa
- one of the most remote villages in all of Greece. Greek
is the language in this unique area, but the locals also
speak the local “Vlahika” language.
- Visit Metsovo and visit
the interesting Tositsa’s Museum or hike to the
village across the valley near Metsovo(6hrs).
paths - suggested by oreivatein
- Beside Papigko villages,
the towers of Papigko look great from
the village at the time of sunset.
- One can take a longer walk from
Astraka to the village of Tsepelovo that will make
the tramp a hard long day walk and would be recommended
to start from the Astraka refuge saving the first half
day climb from the Papigko to the refuge.
- The hike from Papigko villages through the Vikos gorge to Monodendri or Vitsa takes all day one way so transportation is
needed at the other end to get you back where you started
- One can also walk the slopes of the
Gamila Massif (2497 m). There are several trails up
from the base to the peak. The Gamila Massif
is also popular amongst rock climbers and provides an
ideal place for the skilled climber with mountaineering