Why go trekking in Zagori Greece?

Old cobble path in the Zagori region, Northern Greece
* The diverse mosaic of forest types, the breathtaking landscapes, the more than 1000 species of plants, herbs, trees, some of them endemic to the area
* You will encounter a large variety of wild animals such as the brown bear, the wolf, the lynx, the jackal to name a few, crystal clear alpine lakes (Drakolimne) and rivers (Voidomates, Aoos) and some of the most beautiful traditional villages of Greece, with houses made of stone, located in Zagori
* The treks pass over double and triple arched stone bridges (e.g. Kokkorou, Arkouda), as old as 1000 years, that will leave you spellbound
* The Guinness Book of World Records mentions Vikos Gorge as the deepest gorge in the world!

Some Geographical and Historic data about the Zagori

The Pindus Mountain Range, where the Zagori and the National Parks of Vikos-Aoos and Valia Calda are, stretches from Northern to central Greece. Scattered throughout these mountains are Zagori stone villages (Zagorochoria) nestled on the sides of precipitous mountains amidst occasionally thick oak forests. The inhabitants are descendants of semi-nomadic people and their inaccessibility allowed them some autonomy during Ottoman times. Trade routes were established by building stone paths and roads to accommodate mule caravans which now serve as treks for the adventurous. The trails (treks) themselves suit varying levels of fitness, so all can find their match. This is a mountain lovers paradise!

What better way to get to know the area than by trekking the numerous trails of the Zagori and National Parks areas with the safety of a local trek guide.

Some points of interest:

+ Monodendri village where a Guinness Book of World Records sign states that the Vikos Gorge is the deepest gorge in the world
+ The Skala of Vradheto is a stretch of cobbled stone stairway winding steeply up a cliff between Tsepelovo and Vradheto that was, until recently, the only access to Vradheto
+ Voidomatis river

 

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