Top sights in the area of Aspropotamos
The forest Rona,
Metsovo and the springs of Acheloos
The forests of Central Pindos in the area of Metsovo
Lakmos (or Peristeri) is a long, imposing mountain range, with beautiful alpine plateaus rising up like a giant wall between the geographical districts of Epirus and Thessaly. The mountain is the mountainous area connecting the North with Central Pindos. Region included in the European Nature Network 2000 - Natura, with beautiful forests, meadows and rivers. Aspropotamos is called the upper part of Acheloos, the springs of the river.
Warm, hospitable people, the Metsovians. Braves & prouded.
With love for their place they always outweighed the difficulties and with the generosity of their benefactors, they preserved their culture and their natural wealth.
How not to love this village, which is built on the slopes of Pindos, from the mountain of Peristera to Flegga and the passage of Katara.
Here, where the average annual temperature does not exceed 10° C, you understand how the struggle for survival, charging the heart and mind of people, was turning into fairy tale, song, dance, embroidery, textile, lifestyle.
The hidden treasures of Metsovo
River, vineyard, fountain, a huge sequins, wooden bell tower, a stone-built monastery - souls' retreat. The combination is unique and St. Nikolaos of Metsovo, founded during Byzantine times, is one of the most important monasteries and sights in the area.
Folklore Museum of Metsovo - The Power of Tradition
They sew traditional Greek uniforms in hand. They embellish on the wood elaborate house ceilings and church chancel screens. The unique craftsmen of Metsovo retain some of the rarest traditional professions that should not be lost.
More than 25 traditional stone fountains, offering endlessly spotless, ice water from the slopes of Pindos.
Traditional cheese of Metsovo and one of the most popular in Greece. It is called Metsovone, it is a famous smoked cheese and it is said that it hides all the flavourings of Pindos. The secret lies in the milk collected by the farmers of the area, while the animals from the spring to the autumn graze freely in the surrounding meadows.
The tour at the Katogi Averof Winery is an unforgettable experience. Let the flavourings of wine guide you to the winery, tell you the history and the secrets of the place.
Unique architectural originality of the building, with the corridors with the glass floor, hundreds of French oak aging barrels.
At the atmospheric wine bar we tasted the unique wines of the region.
Forest Complex of Aspropotamos
Forests of high ecollogical - aesthetic value, areas virgin of activities, surround the full of monuments stone-built settlements.
Eight forests together, close each other, so that together they form a unique for Greece in extent and beauty, mainly fir-tree forest, with the mixture of some other forestry species, such as Oxya, Black Pine and Dris, with physiographic uniqueness that occupy the beginnings of the Acheloos river basin (Aspropotamos).
In the area of Aspropotamos, the human activities have diminished, only some waiters with mules are now seen by the rare visitors. The area and the nature that remained unchanged and unspoiled came out. Due to the prevailing conditions of isolation, it is one of the few in the country with the richest fauna and flora. Dozens of invaluable types of medicinal plants, wildflowers, wildlife and birds have been recorded by scientists and nature lovers, mountain partridges, thrushes, wild pigeons, woodpeckers, birdies and almost all species of endemic small birds, but also deer, wolves and wild boars live and breed in these vast forest complexes. It is one of the bear's important habitat and frequently visitors, locals and experts report its appearance.
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Mount Peristeri - Verlingas springs
As we climb up the mountain Peristeri, as unfolds the view of the whole mountain complex and the immeasurable relief of the mountains with the sea of peaks that extends as far as reaches the horizon.
Here, at 1943m altitude, the road stops, and 30' hiking starts at Verliga Springs at / -2054 m altitude.
In the forests of Kakarditsa, Lakmos (Peristeri), Rona live all the great mammals of the Balkan Peninsula like the brown bear (Ursus arctos), the wolf (Canis lupus), the deer (Cervus elaphus), the deer (Capreolus capreolus), the wild boar(Sus scrofa), the otter (Lutra lutra) which have disappeared for years from the mountainous habitats of Europe.