How to get to Zagori
Source: Konstantinos Vasilakis
The organizing committee of “Zagori Mountain Running” in order to facilitate athletes who are looking for rooms for the ZMR weekend, would like to inform you that the Zagori Union of Tourism Business, Hosting Sponsor of the event, will provide information about the availability and costs for the accommodation.
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10+2 places to see
Zagori itself is a treasure. However, there are some special points that should attract more your attention (some of them accessible also by car). Here is the Top Guide:
Source: Konstantinos Vasilakis
- Vikos Gorge. The spectacular Vikos Gorge, topped by massive rounded cliff buttresses and craggy walls in light grey and orange-yellow, is classified by the Guinness Book of Record as the world’s deepest, plummeting some 3,000 feet, a gold based on both depth and width-to-depth ratio (See more). You can admire the gorge from the location “Oxia”, near Monodendri village, but you will be impressed by the breathtaking view from the location “Beloi” in Vradeto village.
- Panagia Spiliotissa, perched on the cliffs between Aristi and Papigo, near the banks of river Voidomatis. where you can walk alongside the crystal waters. It’s main feature is the wooden temple with the excellent technique.
- It’s main characteristic is the wooden altarpiece with an excellent woodcarving technique. Walking alongside the crystal waters is also very relaxing. “Agapios Tolis” Folklore Museum, in the village Kipi. The museum presents 40,000 items from the everyday life in Zagori. This huge folkloric collection is housed in three mansions and it includes house utensils, folk art costumes, embroideries, prints, etc. (Opening hours: Mon-Friday: 08.30-14.00)
- A 100+ bridges of the region. Among the must see are the Plakidas Bridge (or Kalogeriko) the only three-arched, near the village Kipi, and the Noutsos Bridge (or Kokkorou) in Koukouli. You shouldn’t also miss the Misios Bridge between the villages Vitsa and Koukouli and the Voidomatis bridge, green waters flow underneath. Among the most important of these are Plakidas (or Kalogeriko) the only three-arched, near Kipi, and Noutsou (or Kokkorou) in Koukouli. Misios bridge between the villages of Vitsa and Koukouli and the bridge of Voidomatis, which below pass green its waters.
- Lazaridis Museum of Flora and Fauna, presenting 1.240 different species of healing herbs and plants found in Zagori. “Doctors” would use these herbs to make medicaments of their own composition. (Opening hours: Wed-Sun)
- Drakolimni (Dragon Lake) in Gamila, one of the three alpine lakes of our country. Hiking from the village Mikro Papigo takes about 5 hours.
Papigo to Drakolimni takes about 5 hours. On your way and taking a shortcut you will see the cave “Provatina” the second deepest in the world.
- The Monastery of Agia Paraskevi (1412) in Monodendri , literally built on the edge of Vikos Gorge.
- The stream pools (“ovires“). A stream pool is actually a stretch of a river or a stream in which the water depth is above average and the water velocity in quite below average. They are formed as basins in exposed bedrock formation. Here, in Zagori the stream pools are formed by the Rogovos stream, which is coming from the west peak of Timfi, i.e Lapatos and passes through the two villages Mikro and Megalo Papigo. In summer you can even dive!
- The Monastery of Ioannis Rogovos, near Tsepelo. The gilded woodcraft altarpiece and the 18th century mural paintings are masterpieces.
- The Rizarios Handicraft School in Monodendri. It was established in 1979, a part of the Rizarios Foundation of the two great National Benefactors, Manthos and Giorgos Rizari. The school aims to preserve traditional handcraft arts. Handmade items are displayed in the exhibition hall at the School. (See more)
- The 1,200 stones steps of Vradeto. This “stone step path” is one of the most impressive paths in Epirus. It was built in 1328 and until 1970 it was the only access to the village, connecting it to Kapesovo. The route takes about 40 minutes. Similar paths are found in Vitsa and in Koukouli.