Zagori

Area/Site in Epirus

The mountainous region of two National Parks stands out for its pristine nature and the distinctive architecture of its 46 well-preserved villages.

A picture of the Papingo mountain range taken from the homonymous village.
photo: Dimitris Karagiorgos

Attractions & Things to Do in Zagori

Vikos Gorge, Zagori

Being in the core of the Vikos-Aoös National Park, is the world's deepest gorge relatively to its width, according to Guinness World Records.

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Oxya Viewpoint

Probably the best panoramic view of the Vikos Gorge just 6 kilometers away from the village of Monodendri at an altitude of 1.300 meters.

↓ S
≈ 2.7km
The crystal-clean waters of the Voidomatis river as it flows among the dense vegetation.
photo: Dimitris Karagiorgos

Voidomatis River

It is a 15 km long river that flows for 11 km through the Vikos Gorge, while it is characterized as one of the cleanest European rivers.

Convent of St. Paraskevi

An abandoned monastery founded in 1412, that is built literally at the edge of the cliff, offers an incredible view of Vikos Gorge.

↓ S
≈ 5.9km
A narrow cobbled-stoned road among trees inside the settlement of Monodendri.
photo: Manu / CC BY 2.0

Monodendri, Central Zagori

A very famous tourist destination build at an altitude of 1060 meters, that offers easy access to the hiking paths of the Vikos Gorge.

↓ S
≈ 6.5km
A close up photo of an old stone-built traditional house of Kapesovo village in the Zagori area.
photo: Manu / CC BY 2.0

Kapesovo, Tymfi

At an altitude of 1100 meters, it offers great views towards the Vikos Gorge, while its permanent population is no more than 70 inhabitants.

↘ SE
≈ 6.8km

White Pegasus Horse Ride

Exploring the rural aspect of the Ioannina region and coming closer to nature, through the alternative perspective of horse riding.

↖ NW
≈ 7.6km
A narrow traditional cobble-stoned path inside the village of Mikro Papingo.
photo: Dimitris Karagiorgos

Mikro & Megalo Papingo

With the reputation of being two of the prettiest traditional villages of the Zagori, they stand for the impressive Astraka mountain range.

↖ NW
≈ 7.6km

Vitsa, Central Zagori

A well-preserved traditional settlement of Ioannina regional unit, standing for its amphitheatrical formation on a slope of dense vegetation.

↓ S
≈ 7.8km

Papingo Rock Pools

«Kolimpithres»

The limestone erosion in Rogovo stream created smoothed natural bathtubs in a fairy tale scenery.

↑ N
≈ 8.1km

Ano Pedina, Central Zagori

Traditional stone-built houses at an altitude of 960 meters, follow the local architecture patterns, composing a traditional environment.

↙ SW
≈ 8.4km

Tsepelovo, Tymfi

With a population of 300 inhabitants, it is the biggest among the 46 villages of the Zagori region and serves as a seat of Tymfi municipality.

→ E
≈ 9.1km

Aristi, Central Zagori

Famous for its contemporary high-end boutique hotels as well as for its central square with a platanus tree and one of the oldest cafeés.

← W
≈ 9.2km
A close up picture of a butterfly sitting on green vegetation.
photo: Vabass / CC BY-SA 4.0

Vikos - Aoös National Park

One of the two national reserves of the Pindus area that apart from the great natural landscape includes traditionally preserved settlements.

↑ N
≈ 9.8km
An image showing the stone arched bridge of Kokkoros (Noutsos).
photo: auteur / CC BY-SA 2.0

Stone Bridge of Kokkoros (Noutsos)

Stone arched bridge that dates from 1750, it has a height of 13 meters and one large arch with an opening of 23.5 meters.

↓ S
≈ 10.2km

Kipoi, Tymfi

At an altitude of 800 meters above the sea level, a traditional settlement of the Zagori area, famous for its good food and numerous tavernas.

↘ SE
≈ 10.7km

Plakidas (Kalogeriko) Triple Bridge

Stone-build structure of 1814, famous for its three-arched architecture that reaches the length of approximately 55 meters.

↘ SE
≈ 10.8km

Drakolimni Lake of Tymfi

Located on an altitude of 2.050 meters at the alpine plateau of Tymfi, it is a gorgeous alpine lake that can be reached after a 3.5-hour hike.

↗ NE
≈ 11.8km
A rafting boat in Voidomatis among the dense vegetation of the river shores.
photo: Dimitris Karagiorgos

Rafting in Voidomatis River

Having a rafting experience in Greece, in one of the cleanest rivers of Europe. A unique opportunity to admire nature from another perspective.

Dikorfo, Central Zagori

It welcomes the visitors with running water from the stone-built fountains and wonderful local dishes of the tavernas of the central square.

↓ S
≈ 22.3km

Ioannina

Built on a lakeshore with astonishing views, this student town is a window to Byzantine and Ottoman Greece featuring numerous museums and mosques.

↓ S
≈ 36.9km

Samarina, Grevena

Officially the second highest settlement in Greece on an altitude of 1450 meters, with a population consisted mostly of Aromanians (Vlachs).

↗ NE
≈ 42.9km

Perivoli, Grevena

Mountainous village located in the region of Pindus Natural Park that is built at an altitude of 1350 meters and has nearly 500 inhabitants.

→ E
≈ 44.9km

Vasilitsa Ski Center, Grevena

Located on the Pindus mount range, it is named after the local mountain, while it is a famous and contemporary ski resort that dates from 1975.

↗ NE
≈ 45.1km

Flega Lakes, Pindos National Park

Legendary mountainous lakes on the subalpine highlands of Valia Kalda, that can be reached through 3 different hiking trails.

→ E
≈ 45.3km

Pindus National Park (Eastern Part)

«Valia Kalda»

The Warm Valley, as is the literal meaning of its local name, is snow-covered for 8 months per year.

Battle of Pindus War Memorial in Annitsa

Commemorating a battle of November 1940 between the Italian army and a local defence unit.

↗ NE
≈ 48.8km

Questions & Answers about Zagori

Why Visit Zagori?
  • Natural landscapes, nice food, and a distinctive architecture identify the region.
  • Modern tourist facilities exist in the majority of the 46 villages of the region.
  • Its name derives from the Slavic words Za (=behind) and gora (=mountain).
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