Autumn is one of the best seasons to visit Zagorochoria. Nature embraces the area with the colours of autumn, creating a magical landscape worth discovering. In this article, we will guide you through the world of this region and give you all the information you need for your stay and entertainment.
West Zagori, northwest of Ioannina, includes the villages of Aristi, Mikro and Megalo Papigo, Mesovouni and Agios Minas. Villages of unparalleled beauty and natural beauty. Aristi, a picturesque traditional continental village, is one of the largest villages of Zagori. The old name of the village was “Architsa”. It is built at an altitude of 650 metres and spreads along a green hillside.
The Kolimbithres in Papigo consist of a series of small rock formations. The crystal-clear waters that flow in this area create an impressive spectacle. They are located at an altitude of 980 metres. There the Rogovou stream has eroded the ground, resulting in this stunning landscape!
Two kilometres from Megalo Papigo is Mikro Papigo. The mountain range of Tymfi that rises above it gives the landscape a peculiarity. For many years there were few accommodation and entertainment options in the village. The only visitors were the mountaineers who went to the refuge, Gamila and Drakolimni.
Another popular village is that of Vikos. It owes its name to the homonymous gorge. For Zagori, Vikos is one of the most important tourist destinations, which is confirmed by the increasing trend of visits from Greece and abroad.
In the area of Vikos it was known that there were over 250 species of medicinal plants. Thus, in the 17th century, empirical healers who lived in the villages around the Vikos gorge, known as the ‘Vikoyiatroi’, that is, doctors of Vikos, exploited the properties of these plants and created recipes that reached the Balkans, Constantinople and Russia. Modern medical science has endorsed the therapeutic properties of these plants which is why many herbs are still collected today for drinks etc.
You will love the route and the traditional architecture of the villages of Zagori. The nature and the hospitality of its inhabitants will touch your soul. The excursion to the villages of west Zagori will remain engraved in your memory, as well as its beautiful landscapes.