#1 Spilaiotissa Monastery

Location

The monastery is built on the western side of a voluminous rock, which ends up in Voidomatis river. The lush vegetation with many trees and also the crystal clear waters of the river create an idyllic landscape.


Construction Data

The frescoes, paintings and decorative representations of 1673 which are identified within, are works of painters from the traditional village Grammos of Kastoria.




Historical Data

The monastery was built in the late 16th century (1597), while the main part of the church was built in 1665. In 1797 the monastery was destroyed, however nowadays it is kept in good condition, despite the disasters.

The monastery has been declared as a historical preservable monument and holds a feast the day of Zoodochos Pigi (the Friday after Easter).


Additional information of historical, cultural and tourism interest

Famous for their spectacular natural beauty, their unique architecture, but also for their long history, Zagorochoria have become in recent years a popular tourist attraction throughout the year.

Extreme sports fans will find in Zagorochoria their earthly heaven, as the region is offered for a plethora of activities. Kayak - Rafting, mountain bike, Climbing, Parapente and hiking are some of the sports one can enjoy when he visits Zagorochoria.

The festivals organized in the villages, especially during the summer, honoring the village patron saint give the visitor the opportunity, not only to have fun with the wonderful traditional music, but also to know the culture of Zagori.

Vikos or Vitsiko owes its name to the homonym gorge. There, also imposing is the church of Saint Tryfonas (1871). The village constitutes a starting point for climbing routes towards Vikos gorge. Near the banks of Voidomaris we meet the monastery of Panagia of Vikos, which is built in 1738.

In the Megalo Papingo we find the temple of Saint Vlasios, built in 1852 on the site of an older temple built in 912. In Mikro Papingo there is "The information center for the nature and civilization in Zagori", while Vitsa has picturesque cobbled roads and beautiful mansions from the 19th century that take you back to the glorious times of the region. Those of Veloyiannis, Vasdekis and Skevi stand out.

In the square of Monodendri Saint Athanasios (1804) is located, a three-aisled basilica with wood-carved chancel and icons painted by Russian hagiographers. The villages has many cobbled roads, stone built houses and mansions.

In the Ano Pedina, it is worth visiting the churches of St. Demetrius (1793), St. Georges and the Assumption, as well as the Lambradios School (1934), in which they teach weaver lessons. We mustn't neglect to mention the fact that here lived as monk the known cleric and scholar from Ano Pedina Neophytos Doukas. Its charitable work is also important, as it funded many projects and contributed to the creation of the Hellenic school (gymnasium) in the settlement. In the location "Kastro" northwest of the settlement of Elafotopos, ruins are saved from the walled settlement of Molossoi, from the Classic era (4th - 3rd century BC). The visitor can wander the beautiful, graphic cobbled roads of the village and admire the stone fountains and the unique mansions.

Dilofo Square prevails the imposing building of Anagnostopoulios School, founded in 1855 by Ioannis and Demetrius Anagnostopoulos but also the four-storey mansion in the village entrance, a 13,5m tall building built with white carved stone. It is worth visiting the temple of the Assumption (1857).

Kipoi have also been characterized as the village of bridges due to the plethora of stone bridges located in the area, some of which are among the most impressive in Epirus, while Negades Village is known for the dark houses and its tall mansions and the church of St. George that stands out.

Dikorfo is one of the most graphic villages of Zagori, with exceptional architecture, large stone houses, churches and elaborate works of painters from Chioniades.

One of the jewels of Zagori, the village Koukouli is crossed by two main cobbled roads ending in the location Aloni. It is worth visiting the temple of the Assumption, one if the most beautiful churches in the area.

A feature of the village Kapesovo is the scarce plantation and the dominance of the rocky scenery. Vradeto is the highest village of the region, that's why it is called "the balcony of Zagori". The Ladder of Vradeto forms 39 "kagkelia" (turns) and it comprises of 1100 stairs.

Tsepelovo is a special, great chapter in the history and civilization of Zagori. It has unique stone-built roads and mansions, of which stand out the Center Papazoglou, Vazima and Tsavalia. The temple of St. Nicolaos (8th century) is a typical sample of the architecture of Zagori.

If you visit the village you will enjoy unique sceneries and large forests with the presence of the bear always felt just a breath away from the village. You have the opportunity to hike many trails in the heart of the National Forest but also enjoy unique routes in the nature.

On the south side of the village there are ruins of an ancient wall of the Hellenistic period, while in the area there has been found an altar with sculptured busts of Ares, Apollo and Hera, while Greveniti, one of the vlachochoria in the region of Zagori offers a majestic view, surrounded by dense forest and streaming waters.

The National Forest Vikos - Aoos is one of the regions included in the network Natura 2000 and since 2005 in the National Park of North Pindus. The Forest is divided in the Municipalities of Konitsa, Central Zagori and Tymfi, as well as the community of Papingo. The total area reaches 13.000 acres and includes the Aoos gorge on the north, the gorges of Vikos and Voidomatis on the south, as well as a big part of the mountain range of Tymfi.

The Forest includes locations of rare natural beauty, wide variety of ecosystems and kinds of flora and wild fauna. At lower altitudes are included ecosystems of Mediterranean type, while in between grow ecosystems of oak, as well as forests of black pine and fir, while interesting are the perennial clusters of Bosnian pine. Also impressive are the small alpine lakes, like Drakolimni of Tymfi 2050m.

As a result of the union of the National Forests of Vikos-Aoos and Pindus (Valia Kalnta), in 2005 the National Park of North Pindus is established. The main purpose for its creation is the maintenance and the proper management of the ecosystems, the rare habitats and the species of flora and fauna, as well as the insurance of the harmonic coexistence of human and nature in the context of sustainable development.

Besides the two National Forests, the National Park of North Pindus includes in its boundaries eleven regions that belong in the Paneuropean Network of Protected Areas "Natura 2000". It includes almost the whole area of Zagori, a section of Konitsa and Metsovo and the western part of the Grevena Prefecture. The National Park of North Pindus is one of the largest land Protected Regions in our country with an area reaching 1.969.741 acres. The unique combination of natural scenery and human environment makes it one of the most important regions in a national and European level.

Other places that can be visited by nature lovers are the so called varathra that were created around Papingo and especially in mountains Gkamila and Astraka. Varathra were formed by the combined action of water and ice.

"Provatina" is one of the largest varathra in the world, with 408 m depth. Another varathro is the "Chasm of Epos". It's a scalar varathro, 451m deep, which functions as a cesspit and drains the water The "Trypa tis Nymfis" has a total depth of 340m. This cave functions as a cesspit like the Epos, since it collects the waters of the area. Finally "Gkailotrypa" has 200 m depth. Recently, a new varathro was discovered, the so called "Trypa toy Orniou", 610 m. deep.



 

 


#10 Anagnostopoulios School

Location

The unique aesthetic which is distinguished in the architecture of the region of Zagori is imprinted and on the major public buildings which are located in the area. In the square of Dilofo we find the Anagnostopoulios School.

 

Construction Data

The building is rectangle-shaped, with a facade of 19 meters and a height of 11 meters.


Historical Data

This historical building was built in 1855 by Ioannis Anagnostopoulos, from whom its name derives.

Additional information of historical, cultural and tourism interest

Famous for their spectacular natural beauty, their unique architecture, but also for their long history, Zagorochoria have become in recent years a popular tourist attraction throughout the year.

Extreme sports fans will find in Zagorochoria their earthly heaven, as the region is offered for a plethora of activities. Kayak - Rafting, mountain bike, Climbing, Parapente and hiking are some of the sports one can enjoy when he visits Zagorochoria.

The festivals organized in the villages, especially during the summer, honoring the village patron saint give the visitor the opportunity, not only to have fun with the wonderful traditional music, but also to know the culture of Zagori.

Vikos or Vitsiko owes its name to the homonym gorge. There, also imposing is the church of Saint Tryfonas (1871). The village constitutes a starting point for climbing routes towards Vikos gorge. Near the banks of Voidomaris we meet the monastery of Panagia of Vikos, which is built in 1738.

In the Megalo Papingo we find the temple of Saint Vlasios, built in 1852 on the site of an older temple built in 912. In Mikro Papingo there is "The information center for the nature and civilization in Zagori", while Vitsa has picturesque cobbled roads and beautiful mansions from the 19th century that take you back to the glorious times of the region. Those of Veloyiannis, Vasdekis and Skevi stand out.

In the square of Monodendri Saint Athanasios (1804) is located, a three-aisled basilica with wood-carved chancel and icons painted by Russian hagiographers. The villages has many cobbled roads, stone built houses and mansions.

In the Ano Pedina, it is worth visiting the churches of St. Demetrius (1793), St. Georges and the Assumption, as well as the Lambradios School (1934), in which they teach weaver lessons. We mustn't neglect to mention the fact that here lived as monk the known cleric and scholar from Ano Pedina Neophytos Doukas. Its charitable work is also important, as it funded many projects and contributed to the creation of the Hellenic school (gymnasium) in the settlement. In the location "Kastro" northwest of the settlement of Elafotopos, ruins are saved from the walled settlement of Molossoi, from the Classic era (4th - 3rd century BC). The visitor can wander the beautiful, graphic cobbled roads of the village and admire the stone fountains and the unique mansions.

Dilofo Square prevails the imposing building of Anagnostopoulios School, founded in 1855 by Ioannis and Demetrius Anagnostopoulos but also the four-storey mansion in the village entrance, a 13,5m tall building built with white carved stone. It is worth visiting the temple of the Assumption (1857).

Kipoi have also been characterized as the village of bridges due to the plethora of stone bridges located in the area, some of which are among the most impressive in Epirus, while Negades Village is known for the dark houses and its tall mansions and the church of St. George that stands out.

Dikorfo is one of the most graphic villages of Zagori, with exceptional architecture, large stone houses, churches and elaborate works of painters from Chioniades.

One of the jewels of Zagori, the village Koukouli is crossed by two main cobbled roads ending in the location Aloni. It is worth visiting the temple of the Assumption, one if the most beautiful churches in the area.

A feature of the village Kapesovo is the scarce plantation and the dominance of the rocky scenery. Vradeto is the highest village of the region, that's why it is called "the balcony of Zagori". The Ladder of Vradeto forms 39 "kagkelia" (turns) and it comprises of 1100 stairs.

Tsepelovo is a special, great chapter in the history and civilization of Zagori. It has unique stone-built roads and mansions, of which stand out the Center Papazoglou, Vazima and Tsavalia. The temple of St. Nicolaos (8th century) is a typical sample of the architecture of Zagori.

If you visit the village you will enjoy unique sceneries and large forests with the presence of the bear always felt just a breath away from the village. You have the opportunity to hike many trails in the heart of the National Forest but also enjoy unique routes in the nature.

On the south side of the village there are ruins of an ancient wall of the Hellenistic period, while in the area there has been found an altar with sculptured busts of Ares, Apollo and Hera, while Greveniti, one of the vlachochoria in the region of Zagori offers a majestic view, surrounded by dense forest and streaming waters.

The National Forest Vikos - Aoos is one of the regions included in the network Natura 2000 and since 2005 in the National Park of North Pindus. The Forest is divided in the Municipalities of Konitsa, Central Zagori and Tymfi, as well as the community of Papingo. The total area reaches 13.000 acres and includes the Aoos gorge on the north, the gorges of Vikos and Voidomatis on the south, as well as a big part of the mountain range of Tymfi.

The Forest includes locations of rare natural beauty, wide variety of ecosystems and kinds of flora and wild fauna. At lower altitudes are included ecosystems of Mediterranean type, while in between grow ecosystems of oak, as well as forests of black pine and fir, while interesting are the perennial clusters of Bosnian pine. Also impressive are the small alpine lakes, like Drakolimni of Tymfi 2050m.

As a result of the union of the National Forests of Vikos-Aoos and Pindus (Valia Kalnta), in 2005 the National Park of North Pindus is established. The main purpose for its creation is the maintenance and the proper management of the ecosystems, the rare habitats and the species of flora and fauna, as well as the insurance of the harmonic coexistence of human and nature in the context of sustainable development.

Besides the two National Forests, the National Park of North Pindus includes in its boundaries eleven regions that belong in the Paneuropean Network of Protected Areas "Natura 2000". It includes almost the whole area of Zagori, a section of Konitsa and Metsovo and the western part of the Grevena Prefecture. The National Park of North Pindus is one of the largest land Protected Regions in our country with an area reaching 1.969.741 acres. The unique combination of natural scenery and human environment makes it one of the most important regions in a national and European level.

Other places that can be visited by nature lovers are the so called varathra that were created around Papingo and especially in mountains Gkamila and Astraka. Varathra were formed by the combined action of water and ice.

"Provatina" is one of the largest varathra in the world, with 408 m depth. Another varathro is the "Chasm of Epos". It's a scalar varathro, 451m deep, which functions as a cesspit and drains the water The "Trypa tis Nymfis" has a total depth of 340m. This cave functions as a cesspit like the Epos, since it collects the waters of the area. Finally "Gkailotrypa" has 200 m depth. Recently, a new varathro was discovered, the so called "Trypa toy Orniou", 610 m. deep.

 

 

 

 


#11 Kimisi Theotokou (Dormition of the Mother of God) (Elafotopos)

Location

It is located in the village Elafotopos, in Zagori.

Construction Data

The temple was built in the 17th century (1616) and has frescoes, which seems to have been created in four phases. The first phase of these frescoes seems to completed by the well-known workshop of Michael Linotopitis. The church also features an amazing wooden-carved, gilded iconostasis of 1792 and unique icons of the same period.

Historical Data

 

Additional information of historical, cultural and tourism interest

Famous for their spectacular natural beauty, their unique architecture, but also for their long history, Zagorochoria have become in recent years a popular tourist attraction throughout the year.

Extreme sports fans will find in Zagorochoria their earthly heaven, as the region is offered for a plethora of activities. Kayak - Rafting, mountain bike, Climbing, Parapente and hiking are some of the sports one can enjoy when he visits Zagorochoria.

The festivals organized in the villages, especially during the summer, honoring the village patron saint give the visitor the opportunity, not only to have fun with the wonderful traditional music, but also to know the culture of Zagori.

Vikos or Vitsiko owes its name to the homonym gorge. There, also imposing is the church of Saint Tryfonas (1871). The village constitutes a starting point for climbing routes towards Vikos gorge. Near the banks of Voidomaris we meet the monastery of Panagia of Vikos, which is built in 1738.

In the Megalo Papingo we find the temple of Saint Vlasios, built in 1852 on the site of an older temple built in 912. In Mikro Papingo there is "The information center for the nature and civilization in Zagori", while Vitsa has picturesque cobbled roads and beautiful mansions from the 19th century that take you back to the glorious times of the region. Those of Veloyiannis, Vasdekis and Skevi stand out.

In the square of Monodendri Saint Athanasios (1804) is located, a three-aisled basilica with wood-carved chancel and icons painted by Russian hagiographers. The villages has many cobbled roads, stone built houses and mansions.

In the Ano Pedina, it is worth visiting the churches of St. Demetrius (1793), St. Georges and the Assumption, as well as the Lambradios School (1934), in which they teach weaver lessons. We mustn't neglect to mention the fact that here lived as monk the known cleric and scholar from Ano Pedina Neophytos Doukas. Its charitable work is also important, as it funded many projects and contributed to the creation of the Hellenic school (gymnasium) in the settlement. In the location "Kastro" northwest of the settlement of Elafotopos, ruins are saved from the walled settlement of Molossoi, from the Classic era (4th - 3rd century BC). The visitor can wander the beautiful, graphic cobbled roads of the village and admire the stone fountains and the unique mansions.

Dilofo Square prevails the imposing building of Anagnostopoulios School, founded in 1855 by Ioannis and Demetrius Anagnostopoulos but also the four-storey mansion in the village entrance, a 13,5m tall building built with white carved stone. It is worth visiting the temple of the Assumption (1857).

Kipoi have also been characterized as the village of bridges due to the plethora of stone bridges located in the area, some of which are among the most impressive in Epirus, while Negades Village is known for the dark houses and its tall mansions and the church of St. George that stands out.

Dikorfo is one of the most graphic villages of Zagori, with exceptional architecture, large stone houses, churches and elaborate works of painters from Chioniades.

One of the jewels of Zagori, the village Koukouli is crossed by two main cobbled roads ending in the location Aloni. It is worth visiting the temple of the Assumption, one if the most beautiful churches in the area.

A feature of the village Kapesovo is the scarce plantation and the dominance of the rocky scenery. Vradeto is the highest village of the region, that's why it is called "the balcony of Zagori". The Ladder of Vradeto forms 39 "kagkelia" (turns) and it comprises of 1100 stairs.

Tsepelovo is a special, great chapter in the history and civilization of Zagori. It has unique stone-built roads and mansions, of which stand out the Center Papazoglou, Vazima and Tsavalia. The temple of St. Nicolaos (8th century) is a typical sample of the architecture of Zagori.

If you visit the village you will enjoy unique sceneries and large forests with the presence of the bear always felt just a breath away from the village. You have the opportunity to hike many trails in the heart of the National Forest but also enjoy unique routes in the nature.

On the south side of the village there are ruins of an ancient wall of the Hellenistic period, while in the area there has been found an altar with sculptured busts of Ares, Apollo and Hera, while Greveniti, one of the vlachochoria in the region of Zagori offers a majestic view, surrounded by dense forest and streaming waters.

The National Forest Vikos - Aoos is one of the regions included in the network Natura 2000 and since 2005 in the National Park of North Pindus. The Forest is divided in the Municipalities of Konitsa, Central Zagori and Tymfi, as well as the community of Papingo. The total area reaches 13.000 acres and includes the Aoos gorge on the north, the gorges of Vikos and Voidomatis on the south, as well as a big part of the mountain range of Tymfi.

The Forest includes locations of rare natural beauty, wide variety of ecosystems and kinds of flora and wild fauna. At lower altitudes are included ecosystems of Mediterranean type, while in between grow ecosystems of oak, as well as forests of black pine and fir, while interesting are the perennial clusters of Bosnian pine. Also impressive are the small alpine lakes, like Drakolimni of Tymfi 2050m.

As a result of the union of the National Forests of Vikos-Aoos and Pindus (Valia Kalnta), in 2005 the National Park of North Pindus is established. The main purpose for its creation is the maintenance and the proper management of the ecosystems, the rare habitats and the species of flora and fauna, as well as the insurance of the harmonic coexistence of human and nature in the context of sustainable development.

Besides the two National Forests, the National Park of North Pindus includes in its boundaries eleven regions that belong in the Paneuropean Network of Protected Areas "Natura 2000". It includes almost the whole area of Zagori, a section of Konitsa and Metsovo and the western part of the Grevena Prefecture. The National Park of North Pindus is one of the largest land Protected Regions in our country with an area reaching 1.969.741 acres. The unique combination of natural scenery and human environment makes it one of the most important regions in a national and European level.

Other places that can be visited by nature lovers are the so called varathra that were created around Papingo and especially in mountains Gkamila and Astraka. Varathra were formed by the combined action of water and ice.

"Provatina" is one of the largest varathra in the world, with 408 m depth. Another varathro is the "Chasm of Epos". It's a scalar varathro, 451m deep, which functions as a cesspit and drains the water The "Trypa tis Nymfis" has a total depth of 340m. This cave functions as a cesspit like the Epos, since it collects the waters of the area. Finally "Gkailotrypa" has 200 m depth. Recently, a new varathro was discovered, the so called "Trypa toy Orniou", 610 m. deep.

 

 

 

 


#13 Visikou Monastery

Location

One of the most important religious monuments of Zagori is the monastery of VIsiko, located in a forested area, 4.5 km north of Kalouta. The feast of the monastery is held on the 15th of August.

Construction Data

Nowadays, the nave of the monastery, the cells, the threshing floor and the auxiliary spaces are preserved, as well as the high walls surrounding it, giving it an image of a fortress.

Historical Data

It is dedicated to the Dormition of Holy Mary and was originally built in 1114. The church was reconstructed in 1787 and painted in 1818.


Additional information of historical, cultural and tourism interest

Famous for their spectacular natural beauty, their unique architecture, but also for their long history, Zagorochoria have become in recent years a popular tourist attraction throughout the year.

Extreme sports fans will find in Zagorochoria their earthly heaven, as the region is offered for a plethora of activities. Kayak - Rafting, mountain bike, Climbing, Parapente and hiking are some of the sports one can enjoy when he visits Zagorochoria.

The festivals organized in the villages, especially during the summer, honoring the village patron saint give the visitor the opportunity, not only to have fun with the wonderful traditional music, but also to know the culture of Zagori.

Vikos or Vitsiko owes its name to the homonym gorge. There, also imposing is the church of Saint Tryfonas (1871). The village constitutes a starting point for climbing routes towards Vikos gorge. Near the banks of Voidomaris we meet the monastery of Panagia of Vikos, which is built in 1738.

In the Megalo Papingo we find the temple of Saint Vlasios, built in 1852 on the site of an older temple built in 912. In Mikro Papingo there is "The information center for the nature and civilization in Zagori", while Vitsa has picturesque cobbled roads and beautiful mansions from the 19th century that take you back to the glorious times of the region. Those of Veloyiannis, Vasdekis and Skevi stand out.

In the square of Monodendri Saint Athanasios (1804) is located, a three-aisled basilica with wood-carved chancel and icons painted by Russian hagiographers. The villages has many cobbled roads, stone built houses and mansions.

In the Ano Pedina, it is worth visiting the churches of St. Demetrius (1793), St. Georges and the Assumption, as well as the Lambradios School (1934), in which they teach weaver lessons. We mustn't neglect to mention the fact that here lived as monk the known cleric and scholar from Ano Pedina Neophytos Doukas. Its charitable work is also important, as it funded many projects and contributed to the creation of the Hellenic school (gymnasium) in the settlement. In the location "Kastro" northwest of the settlement of Elafotopos, ruins are saved from the walled settlement of Molossoi, from the Classic era (4th - 3rd century BC). The visitor can wander the beautiful, graphic cobbled roads of the village and admire the stone fountains and the unique mansions.

Dilofo Square prevails the imposing building of Anagnostopoulios School, founded in 1855 by Ioannis and Demetrius Anagnostopoulos but also the four-storey mansion in the village entrance, a 13,5m tall building built with white carved stone. It is worth visiting the temple of the Assumption (1857).

Kipoi have also been characterized as the village of bridges due to the plethora of stone bridges located in the area, some of which are among the most impressive in Epirus, while Negades Village is known for the dark houses and its tall mansions and the church of St. George that stands out.

Dikorfo is one of the most graphic villages of Zagori, with exceptional architecture, large stone houses, churches and elaborate works of painters from Chioniades.

One of the jewels of Zagori, the village Koukouli is crossed by two main cobbled roads ending in the location Aloni. It is worth visiting the temple of the Assumption, one if the most beautiful churches in the area.

A feature of the village Kapesovo is the scarce plantation and the dominance of the rocky scenery. Vradeto is the highest village of the region, that's why it is called "the balcony of Zagori". The Ladder of Vradeto forms 39 "kagkelia" (turns) and it comprises of 1100 stairs.

Tsepelovo is a special, great chapter in the history and civilization of Zagori. It has unique stone-built roads and mansions, of which stand out the Center Papazoglou, Vazima and Tsavalia. The temple of St. Nicolaos (8th century) is a typical sample of the architecture of Zagori.

If you visit the village you will enjoy unique sceneries and large forests with the presence of the bear always felt just a breath away from the village. You have the opportunity to hike many trails in the heart of the National Forest but also enjoy unique routes in the nature.

On the south side of the village there are ruins of an ancient wall of the Hellenistic period, while in the area there has been found an altar with sculptured busts of Ares, Apollo and Hera, while Greveniti, one of the vlachochoria in the region of Zagori offers a majestic view, surrounded by dense forest and streaming waters.

The National Forest Vikos - Aoos is one of the regions included in the network Natura 2000 and since 2005 in the National Park of North Pindus. The Forest is divided in the Municipalities of Konitsa, Central Zagori and Tymfi, as well as the community of Papingo. The total area reaches 13.000 acres and includes the Aoos gorge on the north, the gorges of Vikos and Voidomatis on the south, as well as a big part of the mountain range of Tymfi.

The Forest includes locations of rare natural beauty, wide variety of ecosystems and kinds of flora and wild fauna. At lower altitudes are included ecosystems of Mediterranean type, while in between grow ecosystems of oak, as well as forests of black pine and fir, while interesting are the perennial clusters of Bosnian pine. Also impressive are the small alpine lakes, like Drakolimni of Tymfi 2050m.

As a result of the union of the National Forests of Vikos-Aoos and Pindus (Valia Kalnta), in 2005 the National Park of North Pindus is established. The main purpose for its creation is the maintenance and the proper management of the ecosystems, the rare habitats and the species of flora and fauna, as well as the insurance of the harmonic coexistence of human and nature in the context of sustainable development.

Besides the two National Forests, the National Park of North Pindus includes in its boundaries eleven regions that belong in the Paneuropean Network of Protected Areas "Natura 2000". It includes almost the whole area of Zagori, a section of Konitsa and Metsovo and the western part of the Grevena Prefecture. The National Park of North Pindus is one of the largest land Protected Regions in our country with an area reaching 1.969.741 acres. The unique combination of natural scenery and human environment makes it one of the most important regions in a national and European level.

Other places that can be visited by nature lovers are the so called varathra that were created around Papingo and especially in mountains Gkamila and Astraka. Varathra were formed by the combined action of water and ice.

"Provatina" is one of the largest varathra in the world, with 408 m depth. Another varathro is the "Chasm of Epos". It's a scalar varathro, 451m deep, which functions as a cesspit and drains the water The "Trypa tis Nymfis" has a total depth of 340m. This cave functions as a cesspit like the Epos, since it collects the waters of the area. Finally "Gkailotrypa" has 200 m depth. Recently, a new varathro was discovered, the so called "Trypa toy Orniou", 610 m. deep.



 

 

 

 

 

 


#14 The Transfiguration (Metamorfosi Sotira) (Kaloutas)

Location

The village is situated at an altitude of 840 meters and has experienced the greatest prosperity of the period of Ali Pasha between the years 1780 - 1825. From Kalota came the famous Rovas with his famous caravan. Started from Dovra and reached to Wallachia as says the folk song.


Construction Data

Of the most important samples of local architecture is the old church of the Transfiguration (1854), with nice wooden temple, tasteful paintings and the imposing stone belfry (1856).


Historical Data

The historian Lampridis mentions the name of a family Kalota flourishing in Ioannina in the 16th century. The oral tradition mentions two brothers from the family Kalota, of which one settled there and founded the village, while the other founded the old settlement, Kioutsouk Kalota, close to the village Greveniti. According to tradition Kalotas moved the villagers of Vourliades and settled them in the area of the village to which gave its name. Other oral tradition says that the village was founded by people from the old village Visokko, which refers to the capitulation from the Turks.


Additional information of historical, cultural and tourism interest

Famous for their spectacular natural beauty, their unique architecture, but also for their long history, Zagorochoria have become in recent years a popular tourist attraction throughout the year.

Extreme sports fans will find in Zagorochoria their earthly heaven, as the region is offered for a plethora of activities. Kayak - Rafting, mountain bike, Climbing, Parapente and hiking are some of the sports one can enjoy when he visits Zagorochoria.

The festivals organized in the villages, especially during the summer, honoring the village patron saint give the visitor the opportunity, not only to have fun with the wonderful traditional music, but also to know the culture of Zagori.

Vikos or Vitsiko owes its name to the homonym gorge. There, also imposing is the church of Saint Tryfonas (1871). The village constitutes a starting point for climbing routes towards Vikos gorge. Near the banks of Voidomaris we meet the monastery of Panagia of Vikos, which is built in 1738.

In the Megalo Papingo we find the temple of Saint Vlasios, built in 1852 on the site of an older temple built in 912. In Mikro Papingo there is "The information center for the nature and civilization in Zagori", while Vitsa has picturesque cobbled roads and beautiful mansions from the 19th century that take you back to the glorious times of the region. Those of Veloyiannis, Vasdekis and Skevi stand out.

In the square of Monodendri Saint Athanasios (1804) is located, a three-aisled basilica with wood-carved chancel and icons painted by Russian hagiographers. The villages has many cobbled roads, stone built houses and mansions.

In the Ano Pedina, it is worth visiting the churches of St. Demetrius (1793), St. Georges and the Assumption, as well as the Lambradios School (1934), in which they teach weaver lessons. We mustn't neglect to mention the fact that here lived as monk the known cleric and scholar from Ano Pedina Neophytos Doukas. Its charitable work is also important, as it funded many projects and contributed to the creation of the Hellenic school (gymnasium) in the settlement. In the location "Kastro" northwest of the settlement of Elafotopos, ruins are saved from the walled settlement of Molossoi, from the Classic era (4th - 3rd century BC). The visitor can wander the beautiful, graphic cobbled roads of the village and admire the stone fountains and the unique mansions.

Dilofo Square prevails the imposing building of Anagnostopoulios School, founded in 1855 by Ioannis and Demetrius Anagnostopoulos but also the four-storey mansion in the village entrance, a 13,5m tall building built with white carved stone. It is worth visiting the temple of the Assumption (1857).

Kipoi have also been characterized as the village of bridges due to the plethora of stone bridges located in the area, some of which are among the most impressive in Epirus, while Negades Village is known for the dark houses and its tall mansions and the church of St. George that stands out.

Dikorfo is one of the most graphic villages of Zagori, with exceptional architecture, large stone houses, churches and elaborate works of painters from Chioniades.

One of the jewels of Zagori, the village Koukouli is crossed by two main cobbled roads ending in the location Aloni. It is worth visiting the temple of the Assumption, one if the most beautiful churches in the area.

A feature of the village Kapesovo is the scarce plantation and the dominance of the rocky scenery. Vradeto is the highest village of the region, that's why it is called "the balcony of Zagori". The Ladder of Vradeto forms 39 "kagkelia" (turns) and it comprises of 1100 stairs.

Tsepelovo is a special, great chapter in the history and civilization of Zagori. It has unique stone-built roads and mansions, of which stand out the Center Papazoglou, Vazima and Tsavalia. The temple of St. Nicolaos (8th century) is a typical sample of the architecture of Zagori.

If you visit the village you will enjoy unique sceneries and large forests with the presence of the bear always felt just a breath away from the village. You have the opportunity to hike many trails in the heart of the National Forest but also enjoy unique routes in the nature.

On the south side of the village there are ruins of an ancient wall of the Hellenistic period, while in the area there has been found an altar with sculptured busts of Ares, Apollo and Hera, while Greveniti, one of the vlachochoria in the region of Zagori offers a majestic view, surrounded by dense forest and streaming waters.

The National Forest Vikos - Aoos is one of the regions included in the network Natura 2000 and since 2005 in the National Park of North Pindus. The Forest is divided in the Municipalities of Konitsa, Central Zagori and Tymfi, as well as the community of Papingo. The total area reaches 13.000 acres and includes the Aoos gorge on the north, the gorges of Vikos and Voidomatis on the south, as well as a big part of the mountain range of Tymfi.

The Forest includes locations of rare natural beauty, wide variety of ecosystems and kinds of flora and wild fauna. At lower altitudes are included ecosystems of Mediterranean type, while in between grow ecosystems of oak, as well as forests of black pine and fir, while interesting are the perennial clusters of Bosnian pine. Also impressive are the small alpine lakes, like Drakolimni of Tymfi 2050m.

As a result of the union of the National Forests of Vikos-Aoos and Pindus (Valia Kalnta), in 2005 the National Park of North Pindus is established. The main purpose for its creation is the maintenance and the proper management of the ecosystems, the rare habitats and the species of flora and fauna, as well as the insurance of the harmonic coexistence of human and nature in the context of sustainable development.

Besides the two National Forests, the National Park of North Pindus includes in its boundaries eleven regions that belong in the Paneuropean Network of Protected Areas "Natura 2000". It includes almost the whole area of Zagori, a section of Konitsa and Metsovo and the western part of the Grevena Prefecture. The National Park of North Pindus is one of the largest land Protected Regions in our country with an area reaching 1.969.741 acres. The unique combination of natural scenery and human environment makes it one of the most important regions in a national and European level.

Other places that can be visited by nature lovers are the so called varathra that were created around Papingo and especially in mountains Gkamila and Astraka. Varathra were formed by the combined action of water and ice.

"Provatina" is one of the largest varathra in the world, with 408 m depth. Another varathro is the "Chasm of Epos". It's a scalar varathro, 451m deep, which functions as a cesspit and drains the water The "Trypa tis Nymfis" has a total depth of 340m. This cave functions as a cesspit like the Epos, since it collects the waters of the area. Finally "Gkailotrypa" has 200 m depth. Recently, a new varathro was discovered, the so called "Trypa toy Orniou", 610 m. deep.

 


 

 


#15 Despote's Fountain

Location

Kalouta is located at an altitude of 840 meters and abstains from Ioannina 47 km. Situated on the eastern slopes of Mitsikeli, is surrounded by dense forest.

Construction Data

The famous fountain of Despotis, is located in the village center. The construction funded in 1763 the bishops Theophilus and Paisius.

It is an elegant stone structure and a landmark for the village, because of its association with the bishops Theophilus and Paisius.

Historical Data

The village's name is said to derive from the wealthy family surname from Ioannina which in 1540 moved to the village. In the old settlement Skamnia have been found remains of Roman fortress and Latin inscription with the name Antonino Salve. Residents of the village in the 18th century traveled mainly to Wallachia.

From Kalouta came the famous, from the folk tradition, Rovas, who the caravan made transfers of the era from the mainland to Wallachia. The municipal our tradition has preserved his travels through the songs: "Rovas started to go to Wallachia, night saddles Rovas the horse, puts gold petals, hello my Rovas...". On October 23, 1943 the village burned by the Germans with tragic results of two dead and 70 houses burnt.

Additional information of historical, cultural and tourism interest

Famous for their spectacular natural beauty, their unique architecture, but also for their long history, Zagorochoria have become in recent years a popular tourist attraction throughout the year.

Extreme sports fans will find in Zagorochoria their earthly heaven, as the region is offered for a plethora of activities. Kayak - Rafting, mountain bike, Climbing, Parapente and hiking are some of the sports one can enjoy when he visits Zagorochoria.

The festivals organized in the villages, especially during the summer, honoring the village patron saint give the visitor the opportunity, not only to have fun with the wonderful traditional music, but also to know the culture of Zagori.

Vikos or Vitsiko owes its name to the homonym gorge. There, also imposing is the church of Saint Tryfonas (1871). The village constitutes a starting point for climbing routes towards Vikos gorge. Near the banks of Voidomaris we meet the monastery of Panagia of Vikos, which is built in 1738.

In the Megalo Papingo we find the temple of Saint Vlasios, built in 1852 on the site of an older temple built in 912. In Mikro Papingo there is "The information center for the nature and civilization in Zagori", while Vitsa has picturesque cobbled roads and beautiful mansions from the 19th century that take you back to the glorious times of the region. Those of Veloyiannis, Vasdekis and Skevi stand out.

In the square of Monodendri Saint Athanasios (1804) is located, a three-aisled basilica with wood-carved chancel and icons painted by Russian hagiographers. The villages has many cobbled roads, stone built houses and mansions.

In the Ano Pedina, it is worth visiting the churches of St. Demetrius (1793), St. Georges and the Assumption, as well as the Lambradios School (1934), in which they teach weaver lessons. We mustn't neglect to mention the fact that here lived as monk the known cleric and scholar from Ano Pedina Neophytos Doukas. Its charitable work is also important, as it funded many projects and contributed to the creation of the Hellenic school (gymnasium) in the settlement. In the location "Kastro" northwest of the settlement of Elafotopos, ruins are saved from the walled settlement of Molossoi, from the Classic era (4th - 3rd century BC). The visitor can wander the beautiful, graphic cobbled roads of the village and admire the stone fountains and the unique mansions.

Dilofo Square prevails the imposing building of Anagnostopoulios School, founded in 1855 by Ioannis and Demetrius Anagnostopoulos but also the four-storey mansion in the village entrance, a 13,5m tall building built with white carved stone. It is worth visiting the temple of the Assumption (1857).

Kipoi have also been characterized as the village of bridges due to the plethora of stone bridges located in the area, some of which are among the most impressive in Epirus, while Negades Village is known for the dark houses and its tall mansions and the church of St. George that stands out.

Dikorfo is one of the most graphic villages of Zagori, with exceptional architecture, large stone houses, churches and elaborate works of painters from Chioniades.

One of the jewels of Zagori, the village Koukouli is crossed by two main cobbled roads ending in the location Aloni. It is worth visiting the temple of the Assumption, one if the most beautiful churches in the area.

A feature of the village Kapesovo is the scarce plantation and the dominance of the rocky scenery. Vradeto is the highest village of the region, that's why it is called "the balcony of Zagori". The Ladder of Vradeto forms 39 "kagkelia" (turns) and it comprises of 1100 stairs.

Tsepelovo is a special, great chapter in the history and civilization of Zagori. It has unique stone-built roads and mansions, of which stand out the Center Papazoglou, Vazima and Tsavalia. The temple of St. Nicolaos (8th century) is a typical sample of the architecture of Zagori.

If you visit the village you will enjoy unique sceneries and large forests with the presence of the bear always felt just a breath away from the village. You have the opportunity to hike many trails in the heart of the National Forest but also enjoy unique routes in the nature.

On the south side of the village there are ruins of an ancient wall of the Hellenistic period, while in the area there has been found an altar with sculptured busts of Ares, Apollo and Hera, while Greveniti, one of the vlachochoria in the region of Zagori offers a majestic view, surrounded by dense forest and streaming waters.

The National Forest Vikos - Aoos is one of the regions included in the network Natura 2000 and since 2005 in the National Park of North Pindus. The Forest is divided in the Municipalities of Konitsa, Central Zagori and Tymfi, as well as the community of Papingo. The total area reaches 13.000 acres and includes the Aoos gorge on the north, the gorges of Vikos and Voidomatis on the south, as well as a big part of the mountain range of Tymfi.

The Forest includes locations of rare natural beauty, wide variety of ecosystems and kinds of flora and wild fauna. At lower altitudes are included ecosystems of Mediterranean type, while in between grow ecosystems of oak, as well as forests of black pine and fir, while interesting are the perennial clusters of Bosnian pine. Also impressive are the small alpine lakes, like Drakolimni of Tymfi 2050m.

As a result of the union of the National Forests of Vikos-Aoos and Pindus (Valia Kalnta), in 2005 the National Park of North Pindus is established. The main purpose for its creation is the maintenance and the proper management of the ecosystems, the rare habitats and the species of flora and fauna, as well as the insurance of the harmonic coexistence of human and nature in the context of sustainable development.

Besides the two National Forests, the National Park of North Pindus includes in its boundaries eleven regions that belong in the Paneuropean Network of Protected Areas "Natura 2000". It includes almost the whole area of Zagori, a section of Konitsa and Metsovo and the western part of the Grevena Prefecture. The National Park of North Pindus is one of the largest land Protected Regions in our country with an area reaching 1.969.741 acres. The unique combination of natural scenery and human environment makes it one of the most important regions in a national and European level.

Other places that can be visited by nature lovers are the so called varathra that were created around Papingo and especially in mountains Gkamila and Astraka. Varathra were formed by the combined action of water and ice.

"Provatina" is one of the largest varathra in the world, with 408 m depth. Another varathro is the "Chasm of Epos". It's a scalar varathro, 451m deep, which functions as a cesspit and drains the water The "Trypa tis Nymfis" has a total depth of 340m. This cave functions as a cesspit like the Epos, since it collects the waters of the area. Finally "Gkailotrypa" has 200 m depth. Recently, a new varathro was discovered, the so called "Trypa toy Orniou", 610 m. deep.

 

 

 


#16 Saint Athanasios (Kato Pedina)

Location

Kato Pedina is one of the villages of West Zagori located in the Regional Unit of Ioannina in Epirus. The previous name of Kato Pedina was "Soudena", a name that comes from the Slavic root probably meaning "cold place" and still referred by the inhabitants of Zagori. Today is a municipal district of Central Zagori and in the census of 2001 had 87 inhabitants. The village is built on the west side of the plateau at an altitude of 940 meters above sea level, between the mountains Mitsikeli and Stouro in a sunless slope of the first, bearing the name "Bafarachi" and in view of the crest of the second.

 

Construction Data

The church of Agios Athanasios was built in 1704 and since then it is the parish church of the village.

The church of St. Athanasius is a basilica with dome, arcades, wooden temple and exceptional images. The temple is a miniature of the original on which was based the current temple of Metropolis of Ioannina.

 

Historical Data

As a settlement Kato Pedina, is known from the Byzantine Era being one of the oldest villages of Zagori. The first written mention of the name is in a golden bull of Andronikos II Palaiologos in 1321. In the golden bull of 1361 is mentioned as big and rich settlement (Soudena = sudis, Souda, cold), which thanks to the fertile plateaux and the watering valley of Kalamas (current Kalpaki) was the granary of Zagoria. Excavations in the plain of the settlement with the six stone wells and the "vasilikodromo" running through it, unearthed ancient cist graves of the 1st and 2nd century, the findings of which are kept in the Archaeological Museum of Ioannina. During the 15th to 16th century part of the residents together with residents of the nearby village (Ano Pedina 1 km.), is moved by the Ottomans in Peloponnese (probably due to lack of working hands due to food shortages and famine). There, in Kalavryta of Achaia, in an area that the terrain is similar to their place of origin, they shall set up the Upper and Lower Soudena (now called Upper - Lower Lousoi) of Peloponnese.


Additional information of historical, cultural and tourism interest

Famous for their spectacular natural beauty, their unique architecture, but also for their long history, Zagorochoria have become in recent years a popular tourist attraction throughout the year.

Extreme sports fans will find in Zagorochoria their earthly heaven, as the region is offered for a plethora of activities. Kayak - Rafting, mountain bike, Climbing, Parapente and hiking are some of the sports one can enjoy when he visits Zagorochoria.

The festivals organized in the villages, especially during the summer, honoring the village patron saint give the visitor the opportunity, not only to have fun with the wonderful traditional music, but also to know the culture of Zagori.

Vikos or Vitsiko owes its name to the homonym gorge. There, also imposing is the church of Saint Tryfonas (1871). The village constitutes a starting point for climbing routes towards Vikos gorge. Near the banks of Voidomaris we meet the monastery of Panagia of Vikos, which is built in 1738.

In the Megalo Papingo we find the temple of Saint Vlasios, built in 1852 on the site of an older temple built in 912. In Mikro Papingo there is "The information center for the nature and civilization in Zagori", while Vitsa has picturesque cobbled roads and beautiful mansions from the 19th century that take you back to the glorious times of the region. Those of Veloyiannis, Vasdekis and Skevi stand out.

In the square of Monodendri Saint Athanasios (1804) is located, a three-aisled basilica with wood-carved chancel and icons painted by Russian hagiographers. The villages has many cobbled roads, stone built houses and mansions.

In the Ano Pedina, it is worth visiting the churches of St. Demetrius (1793), St. Georges and the Assumption, as well as the Lambradios School (1934), in which they teach weaver lessons. We mustn't neglect to mention the fact that here lived as monk the known cleric and scholar from Ano Pedina Neophytos Doukas. Its charitable work is also important, as it funded many projects and contributed to the creation of the Hellenic school (gymnasium) in the settlement. In the location "Kastro" northwest of the settlement of Elafotopos, ruins are saved from the walled settlement of Molossoi, from the Classic era (4th - 3rd century BC). The visitor can wander the beautiful, graphic cobbled roads of the village and admire the stone fountains and the unique mansions.

Dilofo Square prevails the imposing building of Anagnostopoulios School, founded in 1855 by Ioannis and Demetrius Anagnostopoulos but also the four-storey mansion in the village entrance, a 13,5m tall building built with white carved stone. It is worth visiting the temple of the Assumption (1857).

Kipoi have also been characterized as the village of bridges due to the plethora of stone bridges located in the area, some of which are among the most impressive in Epirus, while Negades Village is known for the dark houses and its tall mansions and the church of St. George that stands out.

Dikorfo is one of the most graphic villages of Zagori, with exceptional architecture, large stone houses, churches and elaborate works of painters from Chioniades.

One of the jewels of Zagori, the village Koukouli is crossed by two main cobbled roads ending in the location Aloni. It is worth visiting the temple of the Assumption, one if the most beautiful churches in the area.

A feature of the village Kapesovo is the scarce plantation and the dominance of the rocky scenery. Vradeto is the highest village of the region, that's why it is called "the balcony of Zagori". The Ladder of Vradeto forms 39 "kagkelia" (turns) and it comprises of 1100 stairs.

Tsepelovo is a special, great chapter in the history and civilization of Zagori. It has unique stone-built roads and mansions, of which stand out the Center Papazoglou, Vazima and Tsavalia. The temple of St. Nicolaos (8th century) is a typical sample of the architecture of Zagori.

If you visit the village you will enjoy unique sceneries and large forests with the presence of the bear always felt just a breath away from the village. You have the opportunity to hike many trails in the heart of the National Forest but also enjoy unique routes in the nature.

On the south side of the village there are ruins of an ancient wall of the Hellenistic period, while in the area there has been found an altar with sculptured busts of Ares, Apollo and Hera, while Greveniti, one of the vlachochoria in the region of Zagori offers a majestic view, surrounded by dense forest and streaming waters.

The National Forest Vikos - Aoos is one of the regions included in the network Natura 2000 and since 2005 in the National Park of North Pindus. The Forest is divided in the Municipalities of Konitsa, Central Zagori and Tymfi, as well as the community of Papingo. The total area reaches 13.000 acres and includes the Aoos gorge on the north, the gorges of Vikos and Voidomatis on the south, as well as a big part of the mountain range of Tymfi.

The Forest includes locations of rare natural beauty, wide variety of ecosystems and kinds of flora and wild fauna. At lower altitudes are included ecosystems of Mediterranean type, while in between grow ecosystems of oak, as well as forests of black pine and fir, while interesting are the perennial clusters of Bosnian pine. Also impressive are the small alpine lakes, like Drakolimni of Tymfi 2050m.

As a result of the union of the National Forests of Vikos-Aoos and Pindus (Valia Kalnta), in 2005 the National Park of North Pindus is established. The main purpose for its creation is the maintenance and the proper management of the ecosystems, the rare habitats and the species of flora and fauna, as well as the insurance of the harmonic coexistence of human and nature in the context of sustainable development.

Besides the two National Forests, the National Park of North Pindus includes in its boundaries eleven regions that belong in the Paneuropean Network of Protected Areas "Natura 2000". It includes almost the whole area of Zagori, a section of Konitsa and Metsovo and the western part of the Grevena Prefecture. The National Park of North Pindus is one of the largest land Protected Regions in our country with an area reaching 1.969.741 acres. The unique combination of natural scenery and human environment makes it one of the most important regions in a national and European level.

Other places that can be visited by nature lovers are the so called varathra that were created around Papingo and especially in mountains Gkamila and Astraka. Varathra were formed by the combined action of water and ice.

"Provatina" is one of the largest varathra in the world, with 408 m depth. Another varathro is the "Chasm of Epos". It's a scalar varathro, 451m deep, which functions as a cesspit and drains the water The "Trypa tis Nymfis" has a total depth of 340m. This cave functions as a cesspit like the Epos, since it collects the waters of the area. Finally "Gkailotrypa" has 200 m depth. Recently, a new varathro was discovered, the so called "Trypa toy Orniou", 610 m. deep.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 


#17 Taxiarches (Kato Pedina)

Location

Kato Pedina is a Municipal District of Central Zagori and in the census of 2001 had 87 inhabitants. The village is built on the west side of the plateau at an altitude of 940 meters, between the mountains Mitsikeli and Stouro, in a sunless slope of the first bearing the name "Bafarachi" and in view of the crest of the second.

The Church of the Archangels is just outside Kato Pedina, just beside the main road.

Construction Data

The Church of the Archangels was built in the 17th century and decorated almost a century later by the famous painter Kapesovo native Anastasios. It is a small, well-preserved church that goes beyond the usual style of the area. The yard is enclosed by a low stone fence and is paved with grass while the plane trees are the perfect resting point for travelers.

It was built in 1613 and was painted about a century later (1749) by the famous painter Kapesovo native Anastasios. The church is registered in the "Catalogue of the declared sites and monuments of Greece" as an ancient post-Byzantine monument (protective organization 8th EBA). The rate differs from that of other churches in the area and we could say that resembles Athonite monastery.

Historical Data

Kato Pedina is one of the villages of West Zagori located in the prefecture of Ioannina in Epirus. The previous name of Kato Pedina was "Soudena", a name that comes from the Slavic root probably meaning "cold place" and still referred to by Zagori. At positions "Gortzis" and "Lakka Spanou" plateau, have been found ancient tombs with grave goods, some of which date from the late 2nd millennium BC As a settlement Kato Pedina is known from the Byzantine period (the earliest written mention of the name is found in the golden bull of Andronikos II Palaiologos, 1321 with the villages Papigo Elafotopo and Ano Pedina) making it one of the oldest villages of Zagori.

Additional information of historical, cultural and tourism interest

Famous for their spectacular natural beauty, their unique architecture, but also for their long history, Zagorochoria have become in recent years a popular tourist attraction throughout the year.

Extreme sports fans will find in Zagorochoria their earthly heaven, as the region is offered for a plethora of activities. Kayak - Rafting, mountain bike, Climbing, Parapente and hiking are some of the sports one can enjoy when he visits Zagorochoria.

The festivals organized in the villages, especially during the summer, honoring the village patron saint give the visitor the opportunity, not only to have fun with the wonderful traditional music, but also to know the culture of Zagori.

Vikos or Vitsiko owes its name to the homonym gorge. There, also imposing is the church of Saint Tryfonas (1871). The village constitutes a starting point for climbing routes towards Vikos gorge. Near the banks of Voidomaris we meet the monastery of Panagia of Vikos, which is built in 1738.

In the Megalo Papingo we find the temple of Saint Vlasios, built in 1852 on the site of an older temple built in 912. In Mikro Papingo there is "The information center for the nature and civilization in Zagori", while Vitsa has picturesque cobbled roads and beautiful mansions from the 19th century that take you back to the glorious times of the region. Those of Veloyiannis, Vasdekis and Skevi stand out.

In the square of Monodendri Saint Athanasios (1804) is located, a three-aisled basilica with wood-carved chancel and icons painted by Russian hagiographers. The villages has many cobbled roads, stone built houses and mansions.

In the Ano Pedina, it is worth visiting the churches of St. Demetrius (1793), St. Georges and the Assumption, as well as the Lambradios School (1934), in which they teach weaver lessons. We mustn't neglect to mention the fact that here lived as monk the known cleric and scholar from Ano Pedina Neophytos Doukas. Its charitable work is also important, as it funded many projects and contributed to the creation of the Hellenic school (gymnasium) in the settlement. In the location "Kastro" northwest of the settlement of Elafotopos, ruins are saved from the walled settlement of Molossoi, from the Classic era (4th - 3rd century BC). The visitor can wander the beautiful, graphic cobbled roads of the village and admire the stone fountains and the unique mansions.

Dilofo Square prevails the imposing building of Anagnostopoulios School, founded in 1855 by Ioannis and Demetrius Anagnostopoulos but also the four-storey mansion in the village entrance, a 13,5m tall building built with white carved stone. It is worth visiting the temple of the Assumption (1857).

Kipoi have also been characterized as the village of bridges due to the plethora of stone bridges located in the area, some of which are among the most impressive in Epirus, while Negades Village is known for the dark houses and its tall mansions and the church of St. George that stands out.

Dikorfo is one of the most graphic villages of Zagori, with exceptional architecture, large stone houses, churches and elaborate works of painters from Chioniades.

One of the jewels of Zagori, the village Koukouli is crossed by two main cobbled roads ending in the location Aloni. It is worth visiting the temple of the Assumption, one if the most beautiful churches in the area.

A feature of the village Kapesovo is the scarce plantation and the dominance of the rocky scenery. Vradeto is the highest village of the region, that's why it is called "the balcony of Zagori". The Ladder of Vradeto forms 39 "kagkelia" (turns) and it comprises of 1100 stairs.

Tsepelovo is a special, great chapter in the history and civilization of Zagori. It has unique stone-built roads and mansions, of which stand out the Center Papazoglou, Vazima and Tsavalia. The temple of St. Nicolaos (8th century) is a typical sample of the architecture of Zagori.

If you visit the village you will enjoy unique sceneries and large forests with the presence of the bear always felt just a breath away from the village. You have the opportunity to hike many trails in the heart of the National Forest but also enjoy unique routes in the nature.

On the south side of the village there are ruins of an ancient wall of the Hellenistic period, while in the area there has been found an altar with sculptured busts of Ares, Apollo and Hera, while Greveniti, one of the vlachochoria in the region of Zagori offers a majestic view, surrounded by dense forest and streaming waters.

The National Forest Vikos - Aoos is one of the regions included in the network Natura 2000 and since 2005 in the National Park of North Pindus. The Forest is divided in the Municipalities of Konitsa, Central Zagori and Tymfi, as well as the community of Papingo. The total area reaches 13.000 acres and includes the Aoos gorge on the north, the gorges of Vikos and Voidomatis on the south, as well as a big part of the mountain range of Tymfi.

The Forest includes locations of rare natural beauty, wide variety of ecosystems and kinds of flora and wild fauna. At lower altitudes are included ecosystems of Mediterranean type, while in between grow ecosystems of oak, as well as forests of black pine and fir, while interesting are the perennial clusters of Bosnian pine. Also impressive are the small alpine lakes, like Drakolimni of Tymfi 2050m.

As a result of the union of the National Forests of Vikos-Aoos and Pindus (Valia Kalnta), in 2005 the National Park of North Pindus is established. The main purpose for its creation is the maintenance and the proper management of the ecosystems, the rare habitats and the species of flora and fauna, as well as the insurance of the harmonic coexistence of human and nature in the context of sustainable development.

Besides the two National Forests, the National Park of North Pindus includes in its boundaries eleven regions that belong in the Paneuropean Network of Protected Areas "Natura 2000". It includes almost the whole area of Zagori, a section of Konitsa and Metsovo and the western part of the Grevena Prefecture. The National Park of North Pindus is one of the largest land Protected Regions in our country with an area reaching 1.969.741 acres. The unique combination of natural scenery and human environment makes it one of the most important regions in a national and European level.

Other places that can be visited by nature lovers are the so called varathra that were created around Papingo and especially in mountains Gkamila and Astraka. Varathra were formed by the combined action of water and ice.

"Provatina" is one of the largest varathra in the world, with 408 m depth. Another varathro is the "Chasm of Epos". It's a scalar varathro, 451m deep, which functions as a cesspit and drains the water The "Trypa tis Nymfis" has a total depth of 340m. This cave functions as a cesspit like the Epos, since it collects the waters of the area. Finally "Gkailotrypa" has 200 m depth. Recently, a new varathro was discovered, the so called "Trypa toy Orniou", 610 m. deep.



 

 

 


#2 Monastery of Panagia (Vikos)

Location

Built on the edge of the homonymous gorge, at an altitude of 770 m., Vikos is one of the most famous villages of Zagori. Located on an elevated position above the springs of Voidomatis and surrounded low on three sides by the waters of the river, is a natural balcony from where you can admire the canyon and surrounding area. It is 51 km. away from Ioannina and is located within the core of the National Park of Vikos-Aoos.

A downhill path that starts from the village and is carved on the steep left slope of the canyon will lead you after about 45 minutes of hiking to the Monastery of Virgin Mary of Vikos.


Construction Data

The monastery, dedicated to the Virgin Mary, is located in the Vikos Gorge on a plateau on the left bank of Voidomatis, at the location Tsapismata. The landscape here is stunning, full of trees. From the monastery, which was built in 1738, survives the little church, which was painted in 1773.


Historical Data

Vikos, which owes its name to the gorge, formerly was called Vitsou (from Albanian Vig-u or Vik-gu). In 1922 the village was abandoned and most residents settled in Serres as bakers. Characteristic of Vikos is the large and beautiful paved middle-village, where is the church of Saint Tryphon (1871), with wooden temple of great value, the old school and the cafe. Many of the public buildings of the village are donations from benefactors of the region.

Additional information of historical, cultural and tourism interest

Famous for their spectacular natural beauty, their unique architecture, but also for their long history, Zagorochoria have become in recent years a popular tourist attraction throughout the year.

Extreme sports fans will find in Zagorochoria their earthly heaven, as the region is offered for a plethora of activities. Kayak - Rafting, mountain bike, Climbing, Parapente and hiking are some of the sports one can enjoy when he visits Zagorochoria.

The festivals organized in the villages, especially during the summer, honoring the village patron saint give the visitor the opportunity, not only to have fun with the wonderful traditional music, but also to know the culture of Zagori.

Vikos or Vitsiko owes its name to the homonym gorge. There, also imposing is the church of Saint Tryfonas (1871). The village constitutes a starting point for climbing routes towards Vikos gorge. Near the banks of Voidomaris we meet the monastery of Panagia of Vikos, which is built in 1738.

In the Megalo Papingo we find the temple of Saint Vlasios, built in 1852 on the site of an older temple built in 912. In Mikro Papingo there is "The information center for the nature and civilization in Zagori", while Vitsa has picturesque cobbled roads and beautiful mansions from the 19th century that take you back to the glorious times of the region. Those of Veloyiannis, Vasdekis and Skevi stand out.

In the square of Monodendri Saint Athanasios (1804) is located, a three-aisled basilica with wood-carved chancel and icons painted by Russian hagiographers. The villages has many cobbled roads, stone built houses and mansions.

In the Ano Pedina, it is worth visiting the churches of St. Demetrius (1793), St. Georges and the Assumption, as well as the Lambradios School (1934), in which they teach weaver lessons. We mustn't neglect to mention the fact that here lived as monk the known cleric and scholar from Ano Pedina Neophytos Doukas. Its charitable work is also important, as it funded many projects and contributed to the creation of the Hellenic school (gymnasium) in the settlement. In the location "Kastro" northwest of the settlement of Elafotopos, ruins are saved from the walled settlement of Molossoi, from the Classic era (4th - 3rd century BC). The visitor can wander the beautiful, graphic cobbled roads of the village and admire the stone fountains and the unique mansions.

Dilofo Square prevails the imposing building of Anagnostopoulios School, founded in 1855 by Ioannis and Demetrius Anagnostopoulos but also the four-storey mansion in the village entrance, a 13,5m tall building built with white carved stone. It is worth visiting the temple of the Assumption (1857).

Kipoi have also been characterized as the village of bridges due to the plethora of stone bridges located in the area, some of which are among the most impressive in Epirus, while Negades Village is known for the dark houses and its tall mansions and the church of St. George that stands out.

Dikorfo is one of the most graphic villages of Zagori, with exceptional architecture, large stone houses, churches and elaborate works of painters from Chioniades.

One of the jewels of Zagori, the village Koukouli is crossed by two main cobbled roads ending in the location Aloni. It is worth visiting the temple of the Assumption, one if the most beautiful churches in the area.

A feature of the village Kapesovo is the scarce plantation and the dominance of the rocky scenery. Vradeto is the highest village of the region, that's why it is called "the balcony of Zagori". The Ladder of Vradeto forms 39 "kagkelia" (turns) and it comprises of 1100 stairs.

Tsepelovo is a special, great chapter in the history and civilization of Zagori. It has unique stone-built roads and mansions, of which stand out the Center Papazoglou, Vazima and Tsavalia. The temple of St. Nicolaos (8th century) is a typical sample of the architecture of Zagori.

If you visit the village you will enjoy unique sceneries and large forests with the presence of the bear always felt just a breath away from the village. You have the opportunity to hike many trails in the heart of the National Forest but also enjoy unique routes in the nature.

On the south side of the village there are ruins of an ancient wall of the Hellenistic period, while in the area there has been found an altar with sculptured busts of Ares, Apollo and Hera, while Greveniti, one of the vlachochoria in the region of Zagori offers a majestic view, surrounded by dense forest and streaming waters.

The National Forest Vikos - Aoos is one of the regions included in the network Natura 2000 and since 2005 in the National Park of North Pindus. The Forest is divided in the Municipalities of Konitsa, Central Zagori and Tymfi, as well as the community of Papingo. The total area reaches 13.000 acres and includes the Aoos gorge on the north, the gorges of Vikos and Voidomatis on the south, as well as a big part of the mountain range of Tymfi.

The Forest includes locations of rare natural beauty, wide variety of ecosystems and kinds of flora and wild fauna. At lower altitudes are included ecosystems of Mediterranean type, while in between grow ecosystems of oak, as well as forests of black pine and fir, while interesting are the perennial clusters of Bosnian pine. Also impressive are the small alpine lakes, like Drakolimni of Tymfi 2050m.

As a result of the union of the National Forests of Vikos-Aoos and Pindus (Valia Kalnta), in 2005 the National Park of North Pindus is established. The main purpose for its creation is the maintenance and the proper management of the ecosystems, the rare habitats and the species of flora and fauna, as well as the insurance of the harmonic coexistence of human and nature in the context of sustainable development.

Besides the two National Forests, the National Park of North Pindus includes in its boundaries eleven regions that belong in the Paneuropean Network of Protected Areas "Natura 2000". It includes almost the whole area of Zagori, a section of Konitsa and Metsovo and the western part of the Grevena Prefecture. The National Park of North Pindus is one of the largest land Protected Regions in our country with an area reaching 1.969.741 acres. The unique combination of natural scenery and human environment makes it one of the most important regions in a national and European level.

Other places that can be visited by nature lovers are the so called varathra that were created around Papingo and especially in mountains Gkamila and Astraka. Varathra were formed by the combined action of water and ice.

"Provatina" is one of the largest varathra in the world, with 408 m depth. Another varathro is the "Chasm of Epos". It's a scalar varathro, 451m deep, which functions as a cesspit and drains the water The "Trypa tis Nymfis" has a total depth of 340m. This cave functions as a cesspit like the Epos, since it collects the waters of the area. Finally "Gkailotrypa" has 200 m depth. Recently, a new varathro was discovered, the so called "Trypa toy Orniou", 610 m. deep.


 

 

 

 


#20 Monastery of Saint Paraskevi (Monodendri)

Location

Just above the canyon of Vikos, at a distance of 600 m from the center of Monodendri the monastery of Agia Paraskevi stands. The location on which it is built offers a breathtaking view of the canyon, while from here starts a short steep path that ends up in natural fortified location called Askitario or else called Spitakia.


Construction Data

The temple is one of the oldest in the region. It was built in 1412 while its first murals were created in 1414-15. It includes a nave and a magnificent wooden carved iconostasis, on the left side of which is painted the founder Voevodas, his wife and his daughter Paraskevi, who according to the tradition, served here.

Also it has cells, an abbey tower and auxiliary spaces, while nowadays has been declared as a historical preservable monument. A beautiful cobblestone leads us to the entrance of the monastery built in 1412 by Michael Voevodas. The monastery looks like a fortress in which the stone is everywhere.


Historical Data

It has an arched gate, a well and a hatch. The adjacent caves of the monastery have functioned as a refuge for the residents of the area during the Ottoman rule.


Additional information of historical, cultural and tourism interest

Famous for their spectacular natural beauty, their unique architecture, but also for their long history, Zagorochoria have become in recent years a popular tourist attraction throughout the year.

Extreme sports fans will find in Zagorochoria their earthly heaven, as the region is offered for a plethora of activities. Kayak - Rafting, mountain bike, Climbing, Parapente and hiking are some of the sports one can enjoy when he visits Zagorochoria.

The festivals organized in the villages, especially during the summer, honoring the village patron saint give the visitor the opportunity, not only to have fun with the wonderful traditional music, but also to know the culture of Zagori.

Vikos or Vitsiko owes its name to the homonym gorge. There, also imposing is the church of Saint Tryfonas (1871). The village constitutes a starting point for climbing routes towards Vikos gorge. Near the banks of Voidomaris we meet the monastery of Panagia of Vikos, which is built in 1738.

In the Megalo Papingo we find the temple of Saint Vlasios, built in 1852 on the site of an older temple built in 912. In Mikro Papingo there is "The information center for the nature and civilization in Zagori", while Vitsa has picturesque cobbled roads and beautiful mansions from the 19th century that take you back to the glorious times of the region. Those of Veloyiannis, Vasdekis and Skevi stand out.

In the square of Monodendri Saint Athanasios (1804) is located, a three-aisled basilica with wood-carved chancel and icons painted by Russian hagiographers. The villages has many cobbled roads, stone built houses and mansions.

In the Ano Pedina, it is worth visiting the churches of St. Demetrius (1793), St. Georges and the Assumption, as well as the Lambradios School (1934), in which they teach weaver lessons. We mustn't neglect to mention the fact that here lived as monk the known cleric and scholar from Ano Pedina Neophytos Doukas. Its charitable work is also important, as it funded many projects and contributed to the creation of the Hellenic school (gymnasium) in the settlement. In the location "Kastro" northwest of the settlement of Elafotopos, ruins are saved from the walled settlement of Molossoi, from the Classic era (4th - 3rd century BC). The visitor can wander the beautiful, graphic cobbled roads of the village and admire the stone fountains and the unique mansions.

Dilofo Square prevails the imposing building of Anagnostopoulios School, founded in 1855 by Ioannis and Demetrius Anagnostopoulos but also the four-storey mansion in the village entrance, a 13,5m tall building built with white carved stone. It is worth visiting the temple of the Assumption (1857).

Kipoi have also been characterized as the village of bridges due to the plethora of stone bridges located in the area, some of which are among the most impressive in Epirus, while Negades Village is known for the dark houses and its tall mansions and the church of St. George that stands out.

Dikorfo is one of the most graphic villages of Zagori, with exceptional architecture, large stone houses, churches and elaborate works of painters from Chioniades.

One of the jewels of Zagori, the village Koukouli is crossed by two main cobbled roads ending in the location Aloni. It is worth visiting the temple of the Assumption, one if the most beautiful churches in the area.

A feature of the village Kapesovo is the scarce plantation and the dominance of the rocky scenery. Vradeto is the highest village of the region, that's why it is called "the balcony of Zagori". The Ladder of Vradeto forms 39 "kagkelia" (turns) and it comprises of 1100 stairs.

Tsepelovo is a special, great chapter in the history and civilization of Zagori. It has unique stone-built roads and mansions, of which stand out the Center Papazoglou, Vazima and Tsavalia. The temple of St. Nicolaos (8th century) is a typical sample of the architecture of Zagori.

If you visit the village you will enjoy unique sceneries and large forests with the presence of the bear always felt just a breath away from the village. You have the opportunity to hike many trails in the heart of the National Forest but also enjoy unique routes in the nature.

On the south side of the village there are ruins of an ancient wall of the Hellenistic period, while in the area there has been found an altar with sculptured busts of Ares, Apollo and Hera, while Greveniti, one of the vlachochoria in the region of Zagori offers a majestic view, surrounded by dense forest and streaming waters.

The National Forest Vikos - Aoos is one of the regions included in the network Natura 2000 and since 2005 in the National Park of North Pindus. The Forest is divided in the Municipalities of Konitsa, Central Zagori and Tymfi, as well as the community of Papingo. The total area reaches 13.000 acres and includes the Aoos gorge on the north, the gorges of Vikos and Voidomatis on the south, as well as a big part of the mountain range of Tymfi.

The Forest includes locations of rare natural beauty, wide variety of ecosystems and kinds of flora and wild fauna. At lower altitudes are included ecosystems of Mediterranean type, while in between grow ecosystems of oak, as well as forests of black pine and fir, while interesting are the perennial clusters of Bosnian pine. Also impressive are the small alpine lakes, like Drakolimni of Tymfi 2050m.

As a result of the union of the National Forests of Vikos-Aoos and Pindus (Valia Kalnta), in 2005 the National Park of North Pindus is established. The main purpose for its creation is the maintenance and the proper management of the ecosystems, the rare habitats and the species of flora and fauna, as well as the insurance of the harmonic coexistence of human and nature in the context of sustainable development.

Besides the two National Forests, the National Park of North Pindus includes in its boundaries eleven regions that belong in the Paneuropean Network of Protected Areas "Natura 2000". It includes almost the whole area of Zagori, a section of Konitsa and Metsovo and the western part of the Grevena Prefecture. The National Park of North Pindus is one of the largest land Protected Regions in our country with an area reaching 1.969.741 acres. The unique combination of natural scenery and human environment makes it one of the most important regions in a national and European level.

Other places that can be visited by nature lovers are the so called varathra that were created around Papingo and especially in mountains Gkamila and Astraka. Varathra were formed by the combined action of water and ice.

"Provatina" is one of the largest varathra in the world, with 408 m depth. Another varathro is the "Chasm of Epos". It's a scalar varathro, 451m deep, which functions as a cesspit and drains the water The "Trypa tis Nymfis" has a total depth of 340m. This cave functions as a cesspit like the Epos, since it collects the waters of the area. Finally "Gkailotrypa" has 200 m depth. Recently, a new varathro was discovered, the so called "Trypa toy Orniou", 610 m. deep.