Welcome to the tourist guide of Zagorochoria or Zagorochoria

The name Zagoria or Zagorohoria derives from the Slavic intent "Za" that means behind and the accusative of the noun "gora" that means mountain. So that name means "area behind the mountain". It is a translation of the ancient name of region, «Paroraia», meaning «behind the mountain», from Slavic tribes who fell in the 6th century.

Zagorohoria constitute a unique residential, historical and cultural unity of 46 villages north of the basin of Ioannina, in the north-western edge of Pindos. The physical boundaries are mountain Mitsikeli on the south side, river Aoos on north, the mountains of Ligou on the east and the mountain Timfi on the west.

Zagori, geographically, is divided into three sections: the Central, West and East Zagori with twenty, ten and sixteen villages respectively.

Today Zagorohoria maintains their cultural heritage in an effort to continue the traditions and customs of the region. The particular architecture, the traditional music, the natural beauty, the wild beauty of the mountains and rich flora and fauna of the region are those characteristics that distinguish it.

In the region of Zagoria is developed a unique architecture, based on the abundance of stone and wood. The architecture of Zagori is a good example of imitation of the nature by human. The habitants of Zagori had to face the harshness of the climate and space. A constant struggle characterized the relations between human and the area. So, the houses are very tied to the landscape, the mentality and lifestyle of local residents.

The houses of Zagoria has a defensive nature of the adverse weather conditions and of the strikes - robberies. It is mainly two-storey or three, with a simple shape without any special decoration on the external surfaces. The roof stones have the same texture and colour as the walls stones.

All villages in the area of Zagorohoria are self-centered. The Mesochori (or square) of the village is the center of the village. It is the threshold that separates the village to the up and down neighbourhood. Usually near the square there is the central church of the village, the cafes and the village's school. All streets and all the stone paths lead there.

In each square there is a tree, and that is a rule for every village in Zagorohoria. Under its cool shade take place all cultural events culminating during the feast of the village.

The rough area in conjunction with the many rivers and streams, especially during the winter months, made obligatory the construction of bridges. The golden age of Zagori allowed wealthy families to finance expensive and sometimes unsuccessful ventures connecting villages. Today, some 60 bridges survive in very good condition but there are reports of one hundred others who have been destroyed.

The monasteries and churches in Zagoria follow their architecture and are built with materials of the region, as stone and wood. The buildings travel us back in time, since they are chronologically earlier than the common houses or mansions which are met in the villages. Characteristic common feature of temples is shed abroad in large arches, forming a kind of antecedent to protect the faithful people from the winter weather. In many churches of monasteries, the door is too short and it is an often structure in order to prevent the invaders from the profane to enter the sacred area with their horse, as usual.

The National Park of Vikos - Aoos founded in 1973 to protect the rich wildlife that stretches from the gorge of Vikos up to the gorge of the river Aoos and the mountainous area of the mountain Tymfi.

Within the limits of the park are some of the main villages of Zagorochoria with a rich history and cultural tradition. These are Monodendri, Vikos and Megalo (big) and Mikro (small) Papingo. Perimeter of the Park there are six other villages of Zagoria as Aristi, Agios Minas, Vitsa, Kapesovo, Vradeto and Vrisohori and other villages that does not belong to Zagorochoria as Konitsa, Kallithea and Klidonia.

The Park of Valia Kalda is one of the most impressive geological formations in Greece, with five caves, with the second largest in the world, chasm of Provatina (ewes) with 407 m depth.

The rich fauna of the Park today include ten amphibian species. Twenty species of reptiles, one hundred and thirty species of birds and twenty-four species of mammals, with the largest brown bear (Ursus Arctos), the wild boar (Sus Scrofa), the deer (Apreolus Capreolus), the wolf (Canis Lupus), the wild goat (Rupicarpa Balanika) and the otter (Lutra Lutra).

The Park of Zagorohoria area is important, as well, for its flora. With the arrival of spring forests, streams, alpine meadows and rocks fill with wildflowers, beautiful aromas colours. In the forest there are over 1700 species and subspecies of plants. Among them are five endemic species, 19 endemic species of Greece and a large number of plants that are rare, protected or with a special scientific importance.

Also, there are three gorges: the gorge of Vikos with 12 km length, in some areas the vertical height is up to 900 meters, the gorge of Vikaki and of Aoos, which is located between the mountains Trapezitsa and Gamila and have 10 km length.

Accommodation suggestions

Hotel Papigiotis

Tsepelovo Ioannina

Phone 1: 2653081012

Phone 2: 6973314449

Fax: 2653081382

Meliteion Hotel

Aspraggeloi

Phone 1: 2653022659

Phone 2: 2653071340

Fax:

hotel Drakolimni

Tsepelovo Ioannina

Phone 1: 2653081318

Phone 2: 6949679814

Fax: 2653081311

Hotel En Chora Vezitsa

Vitsa Ioannina

Phone 1: 2653071449

Phone 2: 6944660338

Fax: 2653071564

Zagori Philoxenia Hotel

Monodendri

Phone 1: +30 2653071040

Phone 2: +30 6976643344

Fax: +30 2653071049

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Zagorochoria or Zagoria

Published on 2014-10-24

The name Zagoria or Zagorohoria derives from the Slavic intent "Za" that means behind and the accusative of the noun "gora" that means mountain. So that name means "area behind the mountain". It is a translation of the ancient name of region, «Paroraia», meaning «behind the mountain», from Slavic tribes who fell in the 6th century.Zagorohoria constitute a unique residential, historical and cultural
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Domestic Bridge Tournament in Zagoria

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Sights

Spiliotissa Monastery
Descending from the road of Aristi to Papingo or Papigko or Papigo and 500 m before the stoned bridge starts Voidomatis river and a path left of the gorge leads you in the monastery of Spiliotissa.
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Cultural Theatre Monodéndrion Ioannina
Cultural Theatre Monodéndrion IoanninaThe Cultural Theatre in Monodéndrion Ioannina is an institution now for all central Zagori. A place where the events take Zagoria life and revive the treasure of the younger generation of Greeks, the Greek Culture !!It was built recently and the view of predisposes to attend events but very ancient tragedies with the modern view of younger directors.
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Monastery of Agia Paraskevi
The monastery of Agia Paraskevi is located in Monodendri Village. Literally on the edge!From the village Monodendri central square and passing from the central square all straight away (have to park before arriving), you will be leaded to a stone alley constantly continuing straight to the heart of the Vikos Gorge, where lies the stone church of Agia Paraskevi.Arriving there you will feel awe
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The bridge of Kalogairiko
The bridge Plakida Kalogairiko or on the way to the Gardens, a village of central Zagori.Perhaps the most beautiful stone bridges in Greece!The first image will overwhelm you, and we will make you stop your car and reach it on foot to get photos.
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Drakolimni Papigo
To visit Drakolimni or Dragons lake you should follow the path to the shelter Astraka. The start of the route starts from the Small Papigkon which is placed at an altitude of 990 meters.Through a well developed trail will pass by the fountain Avragonia, Antalki tap, tap and tap Trafo cock.The journey takes about 3 hours and the most abundant water and shorter and relaxing way to get Ombudsman retreat
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Vikos Gorge
If you ask any Greek to name five beautiful gorges of Greece and the first response will be "The Vikos."* This quick name recognition may be because the bear and wild boar protected in the Vikos Aoos National Park wander out occasionally to feast on farm animals and get on the nightly TV News. The Vikos Gorge also borders popular Greek ski areas and area hotels are full during snow season.But for hikers,
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Areas

Vitsa Ioannina
Vitsa is a traditional village in the centre of Zagori, close to Ioannina just 39 Klm.The houses and the churches , which are built according to the traditional architecture of the area are connected by uphill cobbled paths.
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Kipi or Kipoi Ioannina
Village Kipi or Mbagia in Zagori / Zagorochoria is abstains just 38 km from Ioannina city."Mpagia" is a Slavic word and means "bath". The village was called like that due to the impressive nature and the natural "pools" featured by the rivers around it.Mpagia or Kipi is the only village that is built amphitheatrically in a slope.So the travaller can admire all the region just with a glance.
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Monodendri
Monodendri is one of the most beautiful villages of Zagori, built 1060 metres above the sea level, 39 km from Ioannina.It was named after a very big fir-tree which was situated there until 1840.Until 1753 it was a settlement which consisted of three quarters (Vitsa, Ano Mahalas, Agios Georgios).Nowadays, Monodendri is an attraction pole for all the visitors from Greece or abroad the whole year round.
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Papigo
Papigo is one of the 46 villages of the residential, cultural and historical unity of Zagoria.The particular layout, lush vegetation of the region and the unique wilderness of the landscape attract many visitors from Greece and abroad, all year round. Divided into two "neighborhoods", the Big and Small, which is built at the foot of Astraka beneath imposing towers and fabulous Drakolimni, Papigo has
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Dikorfo Ioannina
Dikorfo or Dikorifo (older name: Tzontila) is one of the most picturesque villages of central Zagori in the prefecture of Ioannina. It is built on the north side of Mount Mitsikeli in a lush forest of beech, fir, oak and hazel.The mansions and murals, stone paths, traditional fountains with tap water, combined with the wild vegetation, is a typical example of Zagori village, well worth the visit
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Aspraggeloi
Aspraggeloi is a totally green village and belongs to Zagorochoria.It is located 25 klm far from the city of Ioannina and offers hotels and guesthouses for all preferences.
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Ano Pedina
Ano Pedina (Over Soudena) is one of the oldest Zagorohoria hotels. It is located 35 kilometers north of Ioannina City and at an altitude of 900 meters. The name probably Soudena is Slavic and means "cool place", possibly because the cold airstreams coming from the five hills' slope to the village Ano Pedina that is allocated among the hills.The first historical reference to the village is the Chrysovolo
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Kapesovo
Kapesovo is a village in Zagoria, belongs to the Municipality Timfi. It is 43 kilometers from Ioannina.The village is a short distance from the Vikos Gorge, where some parts of the village, the view is panoramic. Noteworthy is the stone path that connects Kapesovo with neighboring Vradeto (ladder Vradetos).
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Tsepelovo Ioannina
Tsepelovo is the biggest of Zagorochoria villages. It is located 36 klm from Ioannina city.It is build on an altitude 1140 meters.Tsepelovo is a traditional village, known since the 16th century.In 1868 it was the capital of the Turkish authorities Zagoriou. The village is immersed in the mountain surrounded by forest.
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