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:: ZAGOROCHORIA

WINTER DESTINATIONS IN GREECE - ZAGOROHORIA

Just like all the other counties of Epirus, Zagorohoria is a place where a visitor can appreciate the exceptional Epirian architecture, the remarkable ancient and Byzantine monuments, crystal clear rivers, and the verdurous mountains full of pine and fir trees. The locals are friendly, welcoming and there is always a smile on their faces for those who visit their community. You can visit the villages, not only by car, but by walking as well, since paved walkways and stony bridges connect all the villages. The first village that you will meet is the Aspraggeli (White Angels), moving towards the Zagori that is followed by Elati, Dilofo and Kipi.
The first impressive example of Zagoritiki architecture is the bridge of Noutsou, built in 1750, that connects the villages of Kipi, Koukouli and Dilofo with the rest of the Zagori. You will find it before the intersection of Kipi. Further down you will find the bridge of Palakida, which was approximately built in 1814. In the village of Koukouli, which is built in the next to the Vikou Gorge, you will find little stone houses and a quaint little square as well as the Folklore Museum of Lazaridi, the provides information about the areas and the lives of the people. A second folklore museum can be found in the village of Kipous, and it is the museum of Agapio Toli.

Six kilometers from the crossroad of Kipous, you will find the magical Kapesovo, a stone village with a very small population, from which a small pathway starts towards Vradeto, a village that is built vertically on a slope, it looks like a flight of stairs, it is wide and cobble tiled and is also known as the "Stairs of Vradeto". You approximately need an hour to cross it. From Vradeto, by following the road signs and the dirt road that leads you from the village, you will find yourself on your way to Beloi, a place that will take your breath away. It is situated on top of the Vikou Gorge; the view is magnificent since it is in the only place that you can see the verge of the gorge.

A little further up from Vradeto, you will find Tsepelovo, a village built 1.100 metres off the ground, a beautiful place that can be used as your base for your excursions on Mount Gamila. While you are there, it is worth it to visit the Church of St Anargyri that has a great view of the village, as well as the desolated monastery of Rogovou, which is built on the edge of a small verdurous gorge. From Tsepelovo, the road continues uphill for about 4km. until Skamneli, a village that towers over the area at 1.200 metres. In the village you will find many salvaged mansions and churches, and in many of the houses you will find magnificent paintings from the 18th and 19th century.

Continuing your way, in about half an hour you will reach Giftokabo, a sunlit pine forest with thatched cottages scattered all over. The beautiful sights continue as you move up north towards Vrisohori with its stone bridges, and Laista, which is directly opposite Vrisohori. On your way back, take a walk towards Monodentri, a verdurous village that is divided in half by the Vikou River. European ecologists consider the Vikou Gorge one of the last paradises of Europe.

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