Natural beauties of Greece

Holy Monastery of Iviron or Iveron, an Eastern Orthodox monastery at the monastic state of Mount Athos in Greece

Greece is a very diverse land full of surprises. Most of Greece consists of mountains, making our country one of the most mountainous in Europe. Mount Olympus, the mythical abode of the Greek Gods, culminates at Mytikas peak 2,917 m (9,570 ft), the highest in…

Perama cave, Ioannina

Perama cave, Ioannina

Perama cave, one of the most important caves in the world, belongs to the horizontal caves according to its morphology – geometric structure with a length of about 1 km and was created 1.500.000 years ago in the interior of Goritsa hill, exactly above the village…

View to Vikos gorge from Monodendri viewpoint

Agia Paraskevi viewpoint to Vikos Gorge in Zagopri, Pindus National park

AGIA PARASKEVI MONASTERY VIEWPOINT From the terrace of the monastery, which has been appropriately designed, visitors can safely watch over the gorge. The monastery was founded at 1413–1414, consists of a small stone-built chapel, the oldest preserved in Zagori, and offers panoramic views to…

View to Vikos gorge from Oxia viewpoint

View of Vikos Gorge from Oxia view point

OXIA VIEWPOINT The view from certain points along the gorge is breathtaking. In “These Oxia” (Θέση Οξυά) there is a natural viewing platform over the deepest part of the gorge at Oxia. It is located about 3 km from the village of Monodendri in…

Spelaeology in Zagori, Greece

The Zagori area, among it's natural attractions, offers a variety of vertical caves and precipices some of which are found in the area around the village of Papingo, which lies near Gamila and Astraka peaks of Mt. Tymfi.

Explore the caves in the area of the National Park of Vikos-Aoos with the experienced and certified cave guide Manolis Diamantopoulos.. .. The Zagori area, among it’s natural attractions, offers a variety of vertical caves-gulches and precipices some of which are found in the area…

Winter colours in Epirus, Greece

A leaf in a frozen creek in Zagorochoria region, Greece

Winter can be very harsh in these parts of Northern Greece, both for fauna and people. One thing is for sure though, no matter how tough the weather is the colours of nature are, as expected, spectacular… Pastel tones of light blue, azure, brown,…

Hiking in Tymphe (Tymfi) Mt., Greece

Drakolimni lake at Mt. Tymphe in Vikos-Aoos National Park in Greece

One of the most popular hiking destinations of Greece is Mt. Tymphe (Tymfi) which is located in the region of Zagori, in the National Park of Vikos-Aoos in Epirus. Its slopes are covered by cedar, beech and oak forests at lower altitudes and pines…

Bears in Pindos, Greece

Brown bears in their natural habitat in Northern greece

Brown bear distribution range in Greece comprises 2 distinct nuclei of unequal size, covering a total of about 11,000 km², and seems to have stabilized for the last 20 years after dramatic regression in the 19th century. The study area for the ecological analysis…

Oak in Greek Mythology

The oak was the dominant tree of the ancient Greek landscape. In fact the ancient Greek word for oak, 'drys', was also the word for tree. The two main commonly found in the region are the evergreen holm oak and the deciduous Valonian. Both range in size from thick low shrub (forming the basis of the modern-day Meditteranean scrub forests) to large trees. They were valued for their wood and for the autumn-ripening acorns. Tanin was also extracted from the acorn cups of the Valonian oak. This substance was a vital component employed in the tanning of leather hides. In Greek lore, the primitive, pre-agrarian tribes of Arkadia were said to have lived on a stable diet of acorns

Oak, Holm, Valonia… Also: Evergreen oak, prickly-cupped oak and ilex (alternative names for the holm) Greek : Drys { ἡ δρῦς } Species: Quercus Ilex, Quercus Ithaburensis Macrolepis and Quercus Aegilops Description: The oak was the dominant tree of the ancient Greek landscape. In fact the…

Vegetation zones in the National Parks of Pindos

Pinus nigra forest in the Ecoregion of Pindus, Greece

The Pindus Ecoregion (National Parks of Vikos-Aoos and Valia Calda) covers a wide range of elevations and habitats, from deep canyons to steep mountains. This wide range in altitude results in four major forest zones: A conifer zone, with trees such as a subspecies of…