Learn how to make a traditional Greek sourdough bread

Greek sourdough bread lessons

Learn how to make sourdough bread with the traditional Greek way using either a wood fired stove (Ironheart ESSE) or a 150 year old traditional stone oven to bake it. Learn how to make the sourdough starter, how to knead the dough, how to fire…

Setting up the old loom

"Saita" handmade creations & loom – felt seminars | Greece

Lena Gerothanassis came to the Zagorochoria region in Epirus, Greece almost 13 years ago to do what she best does, beautiful handmade creations & loom – felt seminars. Through her contact with the older women of the villages of the region that she met, that…

Foliage in the mountains of Zagori

A red crabapple leaf under the blue skies of Zagori in fall 2013

The melting of hues from green, to yellow, to burnt orange and reds begins as early as mid-October in the region of Central Zagori in Epirus. The actual process of change in the forests of Zagori begins in October and as the warm weather wanes the…

Traditionally with stones

Beautiful villages with stone houses, paths, bridges

Villages Villages are built around a central square, also called mesochori (village centre) with a large church, a plane tree and a public fountain. Cobbled streets and footpaths interconnect the rest of the village. Each individual neighbourhood has a smaller church. Houses Houses until…

Snow rackets

Snowshoeing in Pindus mountains in North Western Greece

Snowshoeing in the snow white treks of the National Park of Valia Calda & Vikos-Aoos in winter Greece. Get to know the other side of Greece with the assured guidance of the certified trek guide Manolis Diamantopoulos for a unique experience. A snow racket…

Traditional Easter

Traditional Orthodox Easter in Northern Greece

No matter what your religious background, observing the Orthodox Easter in the Zagori villages is a colourful experience that touches all your senses. An experience that will stay with you for ever. For the Greeks Easter is the most important of all religious holidays…

Forest fruit

Prunus spinosa | The specific name spinosa is a Latin term indicating the pointed and thornlike spur shoots characteristic of this species. The common name "blackthorn" is due to the thorny nature of the shrub, and its very dark bark

The forests of the National Park of Vikos-Aoos produce a vast variety of fruit throughout the whole year. Some are mentioned below but are only a small part of the richness of the land. Crabapples (Greek: άγρια μήλα) Apple trees are typically 4–12 m…

Frédéric Boissonnas, Epirus

Old door handle on a wooden door in the Zagori district of Epirus, Greece

Images of Greece Frédéric (Fred) Boissonnas (1858-1946) was a Swiss photographer who stemmed from a well-known family of photographers in Geneva and is remembered primarily for his early photos of Greece. He learned the art of photography from his father, Henri-Antoine Boissonnas (1833-1889), and…

Mushrooms and religion

Fresh Amanita Caesarea in a forest in the Zagori area in Ioannina

ROBERT GRAVES: MUSHROOMS AND RELIGION The profound importance of mushrooms in primitive religion had remained undetected until some twenty years ago, when Mr. R. Gordon Wasson, an American banker, and his Russian-born wife Valentina first called attention to it. The new science of ethnomycology,…

Vikos-Aoos flora

Purple autumn flower in the National Park of Vikos Aoos

The park was established in 1966 and is considered one of the most important protected areas for the maintenance of mountainous biodiversity and ecosystem integrity at the national level.[8] Forests of European black pine (Pinus nigra) and common beech (Fagus sylvatica) cover the park’s…