Spring wild asparagus

April is the month to gather wild asparagus in the Zagori region of the National Park of Pindus, Greece

Greek:  άγρια σπαράγγια April is the month to gather asparagus in the Zagori region of the National Park of Pindus, Greece. A walk in the woods of, mostly Quercus coccifera trees, will reward you with the tasty asparagus shoots. Bear in mind that only…

Easter poppies in Greece

Handmade poppies out of felt, Zagori, Greece

Flamboyantly splattered on the fields, paparounes (παπαρούνες), the Greek name of red poppies, are evocative of traditional red Easter eggs and a precursor of Greek Orthodox Easter. Poppies dominate the reborn nature during Easter in the Zagori region in the mountains of Pindus. Handmade…

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…

Sheep milk, cheese & yoghurt, Greece

Homemade cheese from sheep milk, Greece

The Zagori region in the National Park of Vikos-Aoos in Greece, is a very rich land with high altitude grazing fields where sheep graze in the natural and rich environment of Zagorochoria. Sheep are usually kept in flocks in paddocks as well as in the…

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…

Wildflower photos

Wild flowers of Pindos Mt. range in Greece

Greece constitutes the lower edge of the Balkan Peninsula and is characterized both by its mountainous relief and its multitude of islands. Its modern form evolved over the last 10 million years with the sinking of some parts of Aegaeis and the uplifting of others…