Zagori, also called Zagohoria is a municipality of Epirus.
TsepelovoA traditional village (altitude 1,080 m) with a picturesque cobblestone square. The church of Aghios Nikolaos (18th century) is worth visiting.
Monodendrione of the nicest villages of the area (altitude 1,060 m) completely build in the traditional style with stone houses, stone roofs and even stone pavement. It’s a “must see” location and a good place to stay in one of the hotels. Several restaurants and bakeries offer their service. There is no night life except the restaurants and hotel bars. During the day the central square is a nice place to rest in a cafe and to enjoy the architecture and to the watch street life in summer. In winter time Monodendri has Greek tourism that enjoy wintry cuddly by the fireplace. Many hotel rooms have a fireplace in the rooms. Foreign tourists prefer Monodendri in summer time as starting point for hiking and sightseeing. Don’t miss to walk through the small side roads in the village. From the main square next to the Agios Athanathios chruch a cobblestone trail leeds 800 m downhill to the Convent of Agia Paraskevi(15th century). The small church is nestled between rocks in fantastic nature on the edge of the Vikos Gorge. Vikos is listed as the deepest gorge in the world by the Guinness Book of Records with a length of about 20 km, depth ranging from 120 to 490 m, and a width ranging from 400 m to only a few meters at its narrowest part. Enjoy the outlook from the convent and walk along the path which begins above the church. The path leads directly to the steep rock without any rail. It takes a lot of nerves and no fear of heights but for that one is in the midst of an incomparable mountain landscape. Following the path you reach other wonderful vantage points. Leaving Monodendri on the west side, the road leads to the Stone Forest after about 5km. Stones are naturally located horizontally on top of each other forming well worth seeing groups of stone pillars. If you continue another 2km further you will make your way to Oxia viewpoint where you can see Vikos Canyon. It’s another “must see” location due to the fantastic outlook.
Kipithe very popular traditional village (altitude 800 m) is worth seeing especially do to the more than 5 spectacular old stone bridges from 1 to 3 arcs around the village. The bridges are signposted and close to the road.
KoukouliA traditional village with large villas and fountains of exceptional popular architecture
Dilofothe village (altitude 880 m) is built amphitheatrically on the foot of two hills. The well known hotel “Arhontiko Makropoulou” is the starting point for trails leading to the picturesque chapels of the village
PapingoPapingo (altitude 960 m) and the upper Mikro Papingo are very popular typical "must see" stone build villages in a fantastic mountainous surrounding. Both have nice traditional taverns, hotels and guest houses. The elementary school in Papigo houses the Zagori Nature and Culture Information Centre. The best view of the Vikos gorge is from the Taxiaches Chruch at Mikro Papingo. Before you reach the villages via a narrow winding road, you cross a mountain river. The Voidomatis River even in mid-summer is so cold that you can swim only a few seconds in it. From a parking lot at the bridge you can reach many places along the river that invite you for a picnic in the beautiful surroundings. This is the perfect place to rest at hot summer days. Another attraction are the Papingo Rock Pools which are situated between the two Papigos.You can even dive in early summer. Late summer there might be no water depending on the waether. The formations in the rocks are truly beautiful and it is a lovely place to cool off and have a picnic.
VikosThe little village (altitude 770 m) is worth seeing especially do to its viewpoint where you have one of the best views over the Vikos canyon. The springs of the Voidomatis river can be reached in 30 minutes on hiking trail from the village.
AristiThe main attraction of the village is the Monastery of Panagia Spileotisas (16th century), built in a beautiful location near a bridge of the Ottoman era on the Voidomati river that forms the gorges of Vikos. The church stands near the entrance to a cave.
KaloutasThe traditional village is known for its old churches, a "must see" triple arch bridge and the Despotis Spring which is located nearby. Also the Monastery of Vivikou, 4.5 km N of Kaloutas. is worth visiting.
VrisohoriA traditional village (altitude 940 m) with numerous springs and plentiful running water.
Tristenoa beautiful mountain village (altitude 940 m) with its plentiful running waters, springs and a watermill from the 19th century and the Aghios Georgios church is sight to see.
- - It is named after the two major gorges of the area. It is a steep mountainous terrain with numerous rivers, lakes, caves, deep canyons, dense forests
A problem for tourism is the unsteady climate due to the mountainous climate with often rain and low temperatures, unexpected by many visitors that know Greece only from sunny hot beaches.
Each of the four seasons is suitable for a visit to the Zagori region. Winter, despite being characterized by inclement weather, allows you to enjoy the spectacle of snow-covered villages, giving them a fairytale atmosphere and out of time. Walking through the alleys in stone you will perceive the pungent smell of wood burning in the chimneys of houses and taverns where the locals meet and the rare tourists in convivial youth accompanied by wine and often of tsipuro. Already at the end of February snow starts to melt. Especially pleasant are the short walks along the course of rivers and streams where the water returns to flow impetuously, interspersed with pieces of ice. The summer is, like everywhere in Europe, the season that sees a greater influx of tourists, which partly contributes to depress the magic of the villages of Zagori. However, visitors are not so numerous and weather is more stable and warm enough for a bath in rivers or lakes. Finally, autumn is also a good season for a visit attributed to the foliage that takes on very bright colors between red copper and vermilion. With the advance of autumn the leaves improrogabilmente fall covering the paths of a thick multicolored carpet.
Monument to Zagorian WomenThe monument is dedicated to the Zagorian women in memory of their help in the fight against the invading Italian troops in the fall of 1940. The statue was erected in 1993 and has a height of 6, Women of Zagoria in the '40 war actively participated in the fight and participated in the supply of Greek forces who fought to stop the fascist invasion that was trying to reach Metsovo through the Aoos valley.
Waterfall of IliohoreA steep 2-km path leads down to the waterfall, but it is well worth to go and to have a bath in summer in the ice cold water.
DrakolimniIt is a beautiful alpine lake at 2100m reachable by a demanding hike from Papingo. It takes around 3h from the village to the Astraka refuge and another 1.30h to the lake. The route to the lake is a bit easier than to the refuge. As it is a rather long walk for one day it is advisable to stay at the refuge overnight. The view at each point of the climbing is stunning.
Skalopatia VradetoA moderate hiking trail of 3km in the footsteps of the old builders of this stairs that you can climb from the village of Kapesovo to the village of Vradeto and continue 1km to the Beloi hike starting point Very beautiful nature. For those who don’t want to climb stairs and rocks you can go from the top site of mountain in Vradeto and have just a view of the whole path from there.