The "place behind the mountain", as translated by the Slavic word Zagori, and its 46 adjacent settlements, the Zagorohoria, tight in their center, exude a nobleman of past centuries. Zagori is a historical site of Epirus with unparalleled natural beauty, unique terrain morphology, altitude differences and many rivers that justify the creation of a rich network of roads and bridges. Paving streets, cobbled streets, stone stairs, trails and more than 100 bridges are the main ornaments of Zagorohoria in the Pindus mountains.
The idyllic scenery of Zagori, combined with stone mansions, famous libraries and folk museums, is already a distinct place among the international destinations of mountain, natural, cultural and religious tourism.
At the heart of Epirus, nestled among the steep and snowy slopes of Tymfi mountain range, one of the most beautiful and rich ecosystems in Europe.
A complex of 46 picturesque traditional villages built in a magical setting amidst pine and fir trees is waiting to be discovered! Its unique traditional architecture, the impressive stone mansions and the undulating, natural forested surroundings are the ingredients of an unparalleled destination that should not be missed!
The most cosmopolitan villages of the area are located in the shadow of the imposing Astrakas (Gamila mountain) and are characterized by the picturesque mansions and their gastronomic proposals. Impressive stone guest houses, covered with the characteristic dark gray, Epirus plateau, enchanting nature around, stone fountains, landscaped courtyards and the beautiful church of Agios Vlasios with the hexagonal bell tower, are several reasons for preference for those who love nature and warmth.
Rising to the tastes of tourists, these two picturesque villages attract more and more visitors to their modern hostels, built with the 18th-century dry stone technique. Their long history has left their footprints at the girls' school and in the churches of Agios Nikolaos and Taxiarches (1611).
One of the largest villages of Zagori built on a green hill, at an altitude of 650 m, is a very powerful base for exploring the wider area. Life is centered around the central square with the plane tree, while in the picturesque neighborhoods of the settlement there are some of the most luxurious lodgings of Zagorohoria.
A vibrant and attractive village, it is immediately loved for the splendid view it has, thanks to its unique location, at an altitude of 1,060 m, opposite Vradeto and a short distance from the Vikos Gorge. A walk in the traditional, stone-built alleys will take you to well-preserved mansions, such as the Rizarion School building, Rizari's benefactor's home and the well-known Agia Paraskevi monastery, hung on the edge of the cliff (dated in 1412).
It is located in the heart of Zagorohoria and is like a lively postcard. It is built amphitheatrically and divided into two picturesque neighborhoods (Upper and Lower) that blend into the square with the perennial plane tree and the historic church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. Do not miss to visit the nearby settlement of the ancient Molosses.
The fairy-tale village, which was not touched by time, at an altitude of 800 meters, is famous for its cobbled streets and mansions, it becomes a year of attraction for tourists.
The settlement "gem" on the slopes of Mitsikeli, structured in 1380, with wounds from the Germans, has a wonderful square where stands the church of Our Lady and many other attractions such as the church of St. Nicholas, the Monastery of Dovra ( of 1600) and the monument of Zagori.
Built on the banks of the Awo, Vovousa animates through a beautiful painting. It is undoubtedly the most charming "Zagorohori". Its reddish ceramic roofs, which embrace the low stone houses, break the green agreement, which frames the crystal clear waters of the river, which flows into its center. And if the river separates it in the middle its wonderful, stone, one-arched bridge, it unites it. Built on the two banks of the Aoos Cave, it dates back to 1748 and is one of the most beautiful and important sights of Pindos.
Built at an altitude of 1,100 meters, the lush village of Central Zagori is a place of love at first glance. Immense mansions, stone cobblestone streets, beautiful squares and countless "points of view", marked with small wooden signs, which overlook the Vikos gorge from above.
In beautiful Skamneli, there is the faithful representation of a Sarakatsanian settlement, with typical cane huts. Do not forget to visit it!
One of the most beautiful Zagorohoria, the Gardens, 39 kilometers from Ioannina, is named after the many gardens and vineyards that exist in the area. It is also called "village of the bridges", as it is framed by magnificent arched Epirus bridges, with the most important triplexed bridge of Plakida or Kalogiarikos, the photographed bridge of Kokoris, the bridge of Kontodemos or Lazaridis, the stone bridge of Mylos, the bridge of Petsonis of Misius.