“I've just spent four days in the most beautiful place I've ever seen on earth
— Zagorohoria, Greece."
If ever you have the opportunity to visit Greece do try to come to this place.
You will never regret it.
This is not a version of Greece that you have ever seen, or ever dreamed of.
This is a place of deep and ancient magic.
Excuse my gushing, but I am basically now the official spokesperson for Zagorohoria.
Someday, I must come back here!
- Elisabeth Gilbert (author of “EAT, PRAY, LOVE”)
Thanks to its wild unspoiled nature and its distinctive, traditional architecture,
ZAGORI is one of the most strictly protected areas in Greece.
It falls under the Greek law for the conservation of the environment, as well as the UNESCO & NATURA regulations.
The region’s settlements are also strictly supervised by the Architectural and Archaeological authorities due to their cultural value.
In 2010, the area of Zagori was included in the Vikos-Aoös Geopark, a member of UNESCO’s
Global Geopark Network, rendering it an internationally acknowledged natural monument.
Geoparks are well defined territories which include distinctive geological, natural and cultural characteristics.
In order to be nominated as a geopark, an area must contain a certain number of geological sites of particular
importance in terms of scientific quality, rarity, aesthetic appeal and educational value.
Archaeological, ecological and historical features are of great significance as well.
The very powerful geological and geomorphological sites in Zagori, such as the Vikos Gorge, the Voidomatis River,
the Stone Forest, the Glacier remnants and the karst landscapes form a unique natural environment.
Besides nature’s creations, human intervention in the area is also of importance.
Human activity of the 18th and 19th centuries, such as the many stone built traditional villages with their
surrounding monuments, stone bridges, monasteries, watermills, cobbled paths, etc., along with
prehistoric remnants of human activity, Palaeolithic hunting bases, Neolithic bases, Neolithic settlements, etc.,
more than satisfy the requirements for an extraordinary and unique geopark.
Zagori is one of the largest protected areas in Greece.
In 2002, the area was declared a National Park and it belongs to the NATURA 2000 network,
(a network of nature protection areas in the territory of the European Union)
due to its richness of flora and fauna and its great variety of endemic species.
Zagori is also the area with the most rainfall in Greece; this is clearly visible in its landscape,
covered almost entirely by forests which provide habitats of great ecological value.
Zagori’s flora comprises approximately of 2,100 different species,
a great number of which are endemic to this particular area.
In terms of Zagori’s fauna, almost all wild mammals found in Greece are present in the area
(bears, wolves, wild boar, chamois, etc.) with about 60 different species of mammals, 180 species of birds,
30 species of reptiles, 14 species of amphibians, and 7 species of fish having been recorded over the years.
The area of Zagori is located in the region of Epirus, in the northwestern part of Greece,
and stretched over an area of more than 1,000 sq. km with altitudes ranging between 500 - 2,500 meters,
thus offering visitors a very exciting Alpine zone.
Zagori includes Mt. Smolikas (2,637m), a part of the Pindus Mountain Range and the second highest mountain in Greece
after Mt. Olympus (2,918m), and Mt. Tymfi, whose highest peak is Gamila (2,496m).
Other peaks include Gamila II (2,480m), Karteros (2,478m), Megala Lithuania )2,467m), Goura (2,466m),
Astraka (2,436m), Tsouka Rossa (2,377m), Ploskos (2,377m), Lapatos (2,251m), et al.
The area is also famous for its 46 traditional stone built villages
and its 92 arched stone bridges built between the 18th and19th centuries.
The region has a population of 3,500 inhabitants.
These typical 19th century mansions are situated in Papigo in western Zagori.
Initially built in 1865 reconstructed in 2004 and renovated in 2014,
these mansions are surrounded by a large garden with beautiful views
of the Papigo towers, Astraka peak and the surrounding mountains.
The interior of the mansions is tastefully and traditionally designed,
fully equipped and features all modern conveniences.
The dominant architectural features are stone and wood surrounded by
a garden with many stone terraces and shady areas for relaxing and dining.
There are 10 bedrooms 2 of which are in a private guesthouse,
8 of which have en suite bathrooms and the other 2 share a bathroom.
The 3 living rooms, 2 kitchens and 2 dining rooms
along with the outdoor terraces, will provide ample space
for everyone to enjoy quiet time and different activities.
WHAT TO EXPECT
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN YOUR PRICE
- 3 nights accommodation in Ano Pedina village
- 4 nights accommodation in Papigo village
- asana or restorative practice
- exploration walks through some medieval villages
- hikes in the incredible surrounding nature
- all meals
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN YOUR PRICE
- your travel to and from Ioannina
- rafting, mountain biking, horse riding
- e-biking through medieval villages
- a day (5 hour) guided hike in Vikos Gorge
-car rental - alcohol
tipping (suggested - 35euros per person for the week)
More information on Zagorohoria click here