Hiking Papingo – Voidomatis Springs
About The Place
Papigo and the Voidomatis Springs area in Zagorochoria, Greece, unfold as a harmonious tapestry of natural beauty and cultural heritage. Tucked within the embrace of the Epirus mountains, this picturesque region is a sanctuary for both soul-soothing tranquility and exhilarating exploration.
Papigo, with its traditional stone-built houses and cobblestone streets, exudes a timeless charm that echoes the past. Nestled in the Vikos–Aoös National Park, this village invites you to wander its narrow alleys, where history and modern life coalesce seamlessly. Gazing up at the towering peaks that surround Papigo, you’re transported to a world where nature’s grandeur reigns supreme.
The heart of the area beats at the rhythm of Voidomatis Springs, a celestial oasis born from the icy embrace of the Pindus mountains. The Voidomatis River winds its way through the landscape, revealing crystalline waters that dance like liquid diamonds in the sunlight. The springs are renowned for their pristine purity, a testament to the untouched wilderness that cradles them.
Exploring this area, you’ll find that it’s not only the landscapes that are rich in diversity but also the activities that beckon. Hiking trails lead you through the national park, revealing vistas that take your breath away. Canyoning, rafting, and kayaking offer adrenaline-fueled encounters with nature’s raw energy, while the warmth of local hospitality can be experienced in charming tavernas that serve up authentic Greek flavors.
For those who seek cultural immersion, the stone bridges that span the rivers are not just structures but living relics of history. These bridges whisper tales of the past, transporting you to times when they facilitated the movement of people and goods through this rugged terrain.
Papigo and the Voidomatis Springs area are a treasure trove of experiences. Whether you’re traversing the mountain paths, gazing into the abyss of Vikos Gorge, or simply savoring the tranquility of the Voidomatis River’s flow, this corner of Zagorochoria captures the very essence of Greece’s untamed beauty and rich heritage.
Hike the world’s deepest canyon
Observe the impresive dolomites rock formations
Discover the beauty of Voidomatis springs
Live an unforgettable experience
- 4.5 Hours
Embark on an unforgettable hiking adventure through the breathtaking landscapes of Epirus, Greece. This scenic hike takes you from the traditional village of Megalo Papigo to the charming village of Vikos, immersing you in the heart of the stunning Vikos-Aoos National Park. With a difficulty level of 2, this hike is accessible to a wide range of hikers, offering a perfect blend of natural beauty and cultural exploration.
As you trek along the north-west face of Vikos Gorge towards the Voidomatis springs, you’ll be treated to extraordinary panoramic views of the upper Voidomatis Gorge, the renowned “Astraka Towers,” and the picturesque Papigo villages. The trail will lead you to the tranquil Voidomatis River, where you’ll have the opportunity to visit an ancient Monastery and even take a refreshing swim in the crystal-clear bubbling waters.
After a rejuvenating break, the journey continues uphill for approximately 45 minutes, guiding you towards the village of Vikos, where the hike concludes. From Vikos, you’ll be rewarded with breathtaking views of the world’s deepest canyon, as recognized by the Guinness Book of Records. This hike promises unbeatable beauty that will captivate your heart and mind.
Distance: 6 km Elevation Gain: 600 m Descent: 770 m Terrain: Footpath, cobblestone path
Suitable Seasons: April – November
What to Bring
Breathable and quick drying sports clothes
Hat, Sunglasses, Suncream (for summer months)
Beanie (for winter months)
Experienced local Guide
Snacks (seasonal fruits, cereal bars, traditional pie)
Backpacks (upon request)
Necessary local transfer
Waterproof poncho jacket
- Minimum 4 Participants
- 10 years and above
- Good physical condition
- Lack of acrophobia
- Starting Time 09:00
- Ending Time 13:30
Cancellation Policy - Flexible
- Whenever you cancel 4 days or earlier than the confirmed activity starting date, your fee will be refunded for the entire activity charge.
- In case of cancellation within 48 and 96 hours before the scheduled activity starting date, you'll get 50% reimbursed.
- Those who cancel 48 hours or beyond are considered last-minute cancellations. There will be no refunds