It is an awe-inspiring natural landscape with an incredibly well-preserved network of 46 villages and features national parks, a monastery, rivers and waterfalls.
In September 2023 the region was included in UNESCO’s World Heritage List.
“These traditional villages, typically organized around a central square containing a plane tree and surrounded by sacred forests maintained by local communities, showcase a traditional architecture adapted to the mountain topography,” UNESCO said in its listing description.
Looking for a splendid all-year-round getaway to a place that is considered to be one of the most beautiful and rich ecosystems in all of Europe? Look no further.
We have compiled a few of the many places worth visiting to make your experience unique:
The stunning region of Zagori, Greece
The famous Vikos Gorge, the enormous canyon which is visited by many tourists throughout the year, is actually accessible from many vantage points.
While there, you will have the opportunity to walk the famous Vradeto Stairs at the edge of the gorge. These 1,200 meter stone stairs connect the villages of Vradéto and Kapésovo.
Monastery of St. Paraskevi
Visit an abandoned monastery at the edge of Vikos Gorge which dates back to 1413-1414. This is a place where you can stop and meditate while taking in a unique view of the gorge.
Vikos–Aoös National Park
The core of the park, an area of 8,402 acres, comprises the spectacular Vikos Gorge. The park’s remoteness and relatively small human population, rich plantlife, and a plethora of large mammals such as the brown bear, is what makes this park unique.
It is one of the last true European wild areas, hosting a variety of natural habitats and ecosystems that rank it among the most valuable parks for nature conservation in Greece.
It is home to many rare, endemic and protected plant species as well. Aside from trekking, sport enthusiasts and nature lovers alike can also enjoy rafting in the Aoos river, which is also a unique way to explore the beauty of the landscape.
Waterfalls in Illiochori
Unknown to most people is the village of Iliochori, built on the eastern slopes of Tymfi. It is a small, quaint village that is home to three spectacular waterfalls that form two natural emerald-colored pools.
The waterfalls, located at “Balta di Striga;” the highest of them reaches a height of 25 meters (82 feet). The hiking route is very pleasant, with a marked path that begins at the village square — if in doubt, you can always ask one of the villagers, who will surely be able to show you the way.
The Famous Stone Bridges of Zagori
The bridges of Zagori are iconic presences in the area; all of them are constructed with stone yet each of them is unique in their own way. Surrounded by gorgeous landscape, these bridges are worth a stop, even if just for a quick selfie!
Be sure to see them all, including Kondodimos (or Lazaridis) Bridge, Plakidas or Kalogeriko (Monk) Bridge, Milos Bridge, Kokkoris (or Noutsos) Bridge, Pitsionis Bridge, and Mirisis Bridge.