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Hiking Zagori – Bridges & Villages

Hiking Zagori – Bridges & Villages

Product Code : 9536

About The Place

Zagori, a region in the northwestern part of Greece, is a captivating and rugged landscape celebrated for its traditional stone villages, pristine nature, and rich cultural heritage. The Zagori area, officially known as the Zagori National Park, encompasses the Vikos Gorge, one of the deepest gorges in the world, and the Pindus mountain range, creating a unique tapestry of landscapes and experiences.

Geography and Landscape: Nestled in the Pindus mountain range, Zagori is a mountainous region with elevations ranging from 500 to 2,497 meters. The landscape is characterized by dense forests, alpine meadows, and an intricate network of rivers and streams. The Vikos Gorge, a central feature of Zagori, is renowned for its dramatic limestone cliffs and the Vikos River, which has carved its way through the rugged terrain.

Traditional Stone Villages: What sets Zagori apart is its collection of stone-built villages, known as Zagorochoria, each with its unique character and architectural charm. Villages like Papigo, Monodendri, and Vitsa are characterized by well-preserved stone houses, cobbled streets, and arched bridges. These settlements are not only aesthetically pleasing but also offer a glimpse into the region’s historical and cultural identity.

Vikos Gorge: The Vikos Gorge, often referred to as the Grand Canyon of Greece, is a natural wonder that attracts hikers, nature enthusiasts, and adventure seekers. The gorge is home to a diverse range of flora and fauna, including rare species such as the wild goat. Numerous hiking trails provide opportunities to explore the depths of the gorge, with the Vikos-Aoös National Park offering a well-maintained network of paths.

Bridges of Zagori: Zagori is renowned for its stone bridges, known as “kokkorades,” that span the region’s rivers and ravines. These architectural marvels, often dating back to the 18th century, showcase the craftsmanship of the local builders. The most famous among them is the Kokkoros Bridge, a three-arched bridge near the village of Koukouli.

Cultural Heritage: Zagori’s cultural heritage is reflected in its local traditions, festivals, and religious celebrations. The area is dotted with monasteries and churches, such as the Monastery of Agia Paraskevi, which add to the cultural and spiritual richness of the region. The villages host various events throughout the year, offering visitors an opportunity to engage with the local community and experience traditional customs.

Outdoor Activities: Zagori is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. Hiking trails crisscross the landscape, leading to panoramic viewpoints, waterfalls, and traditional settlements. Rafting and kayaking are popular activities on the Voidomatis River, providing a thrilling experience amidst the pristine nature.

Culinary Delights: The local cuisine of Zagori reflects the region’s agricultural abundance and traditional recipes. Locally sourced ingredients are used to create dishes like “kontosouvli” (spit-roasted meat) and “pites” (pies), showcasing the flavors of the Zagori mountains.

In conclusion, Zagori is more than a destination; it’s an immersive journey into the heart of nature, culture, and history. The region’s unique blend of mountain landscapes, stone villages, and cultural traditions offers a one-of-a-kind experience for those seeking an authentic and enriching escape.

Highlights

  • Hike the crossroads of culture and history‎

  • Discover the iconic stone bridges of Pitsionis, Milos, Kalogeriko, Kontodimos‎

  • Hike through the traditional villages of Koukouli and Kipi‎

  • Live an unforgettable experience‎

Total Duration

  • 3 Hours

Full description

Embark on a captivating hiking adventure in Epirus, Greece, exploring the scenic beauty of Zagori. This hiking trail, suitable for all seasons, takes you through a network of traditional footpaths that once connected the 46 villages of the region. Starting from the historic village of Kipi, known for its former role as a local government center, you’ll traverse several iconic stone bridges that date back to the 17th-18th century, each bearing the name of the generous benefactor who sponsored its construction.

Along the way, you’ll have the opportunity to visit Lazaridi’s Museum, nestled in the picturesque village of Koukouli. Housed in the home of its founder, Kostas Lazaridis, the museum showcases a remarkable collection of rare flora found in the Vikos Gorge. Discover the unique plant species that thrive on the canyon’s rugged cliffs and learn about the “Doctors of Vikos,” the local healers who relied on these plants for medicinal purposes. Continuing your journey, you’ll follow the ancient stone path of Koukouli, also known as the “Koukouli Steps,” as you make your way towards the village of Kipi, where your memorable hike will conclude.

What to Bring

  • Hiking shoes or boots

  • Breathable and quick drying sports clothes

  • Hat / Sunglasses / Suncream (for summer months)

  • Beanie (for winter months)

  • Backpack 20-30L

  • Personal bottle (water)

Includes

  • Certified & Experinced Guide

  • Hiking poles

  • Energy snack or a treat with local delicacies in a traditional cafe

  • Backpacks (upon request)

  • Waterproof poncho jacket

  • Liability insurance

  • Taxes

Limitations

  • Minimum 4 Participants
  • 8 years and above
  • Basic physical condition

Itinerary

  • Starting Time 10:00
  • Ending Time 13:00

Meeting point

Bridge of Lazaridi, Central Zagori

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

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Sold By: Trekking Hellas Ioannina

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