Zagori is in the north west of Greece in the region of Epirus, about 30 km of Ioannina, the capital of Epirus and about 25 km from the Greek- Albanian borders. The region of Zagori is a mountainous complex of 46 villages nested on the thick green mountainsides.
It is the ideal place to enjoy the natural unique environment, with impressive gorges and imposing mountains. Visitors can enjoy the quiet forested villages with breathtaking view.
Nature’s gift is The Vikos gorge, with 20km lenth , between the villages of Monodendri and Koukouli ending near Vikos. Vikos is listed as the deepest gorge in the world by the Guinness book records among others.
The entrance of the monastery of Agia Paraskevi in Monodendri. According to some epigraphes the monastery was built between 1413 and 1414 in a breathtaking location offering fine views to Vikos gorge. A path connects the church with a cave which was used as a shelter during the Turkish occupation.
All villages are picturesque with traditional architecture with stone houses and roofs with grey roofs tiles.
Tips : The best time to visit Zagori is in sping time. The temperature is in fine levels suitable for walking and hiking. If you fancy snow, dont hesitate to visit the region in winter. Getting to Zagoria : The best way to get to Zagoria, if you dont have transport is from Ioannina. There are local buses that go into the villages. Although there is an airport in Ioannina and the nearest international airport is Thessaloniki.
words & photos by Giannis Efremidis