… night, as the area’s animals cross the roads freely.
… a Health Center anywhere. There are only some community clinics.
… original Zagorian pies from tourist and other shops, as they are standardized and prepackaged for a few days.
… remain closed during the summer.
… before the groups start flooding them.
- It is one of the safest places in Greece. It’s highly unlikely that someone walks away with your stuff, even if you leave it in a public space.
- You will not find a bank or ATMs in any of the villages.
- It is one of the most hospitable and cordial places in Greece.
- None of the villages host any pharmacies.
- Autumn and winter are high seasons for tourism.
- Some hotels remain closed during the summer.
- The only gas station is located outside the village of Aspraggeloi.
- Lots of accommodations offer up to 70% discounts during the summer, so that they attract more visitors.
- SOS: Get away from the “tourist” villages and get to know the locals’ relaxed way of living.
- You won’t find a Health Center anywhere. There are only some community clinics (in Aspraggeloi, Aristi & Tsepelovo).
- You should probably carry some cash, as some shops do not provide the option of card payment.
- There are no bakeries or supermarkets in the villages.
- During the winter months, the cold, in some areas, can be sensed even if you have layers of warm clothes on.
- The temperature is 4-9°C lower than the country’s average temperature.
- On summer nights, you are going to have to wear a jacket.
- An umbrella should be one of the most essential items to carry at all times, in any season, as the rain is a permanent resident of the area.
- The nearest airport is located in the city of Ioannina.
- The public transport options to travel from one village to the other are limited.
- The villages are interconnected through trails, easy but ruttier.
- Nonetheless, there are bus lines from Ioannina to almost every village. The duration of the trip ranges from 40 minutes to 1.5 hours!
- Most visitors rent/own a car, or travel in organized groups.
- Be very careful when driving at night, as the area’s animals cross the roads freely.
- Pay extra attention when driving through the villages’ narrow lanes. Aside from them being poorly constructed, there is a chance you might not fit through or be able to turn.
- During the winter months, snow chains are necessary.
- You should be very careful while turning, as road curves are sharp, narrow and steep.
Sights – Activities:
- During spring and summer, you have the opportunity to try all the activities that the area has to offer.
- Notice: If you choose any extreme sport, make sure you do it via an agency. With professional assistance you will enjoy the experience in complete safety.
- You should certainly bring comfortable, loose clothes and non-skid shoes.
- For hard hikes, trekking sticks are necessary.
- People with kinetic, heart-related or other problems, are advised not to follow the trails (easy or hard).
- Before embarking on any trip you must be equipped with a bottle of water and a snack (the fatigue demands immediate hydration/strengthening of the body).
- Hike through the safe, national O3 trail and get to know the area’s beautiful traits.
- Don’t miss the chance to try rafting in Voidomatis River.
- Visit the tourist sites, like Oxia viewpoint, the Agia Paraskevi monastery, the three Bridges during the morning hours, before the groups start flooding them.
- If you are a sucker for hard hikes, seek for an organized group. This way you can admire all of the area’s wonders, while remaining completely safe.
- Notice: In the villages of Dilofo, Koukouli, Mikro Papigo and Kapesovo, access-transportation via car is not possible.
- Beyond “God’s balcony”, there is a small, narrow path that leads to the edge of the cliff.
- The deeper inside you get, the less the people you meet.
- Be careful, as some spots are slippery.
- Lots of passages are rutty and dangerous.
- The incitement to visit the monastery’s museum/shop in order to buy a few souvenirs might get insistent and wearing.
- Do go down to the church, if you want to experience the magic of the trip and the landscape.
- It should be avoided by everyone when it rains or snows!
- In order to get to Kokkoris’ from Misios’ bridge, follow the path next to Voidomatis’ springs.
- If you are a fan of silence, visit them on a weekday.
- During spring and summer, it gets lost inside the leaves and bushes. Visit it during autumn and especially winter, so you can appreciate its extent and beauty.
- 200m outside Kapesovo, you will find the sign “Skala Vradetou” which will lead you through a dirt road, to the Mesaria creek. From there, you will cross the small, stone bridge to find the stairway, where your ordeal…sorry, we mean walk, can begin!!
- Avoid buying original Zagorian pies from tourist and other shops, as they are standardized and prepackaged for a few days.
- There are extreme sports agencies that offer lots of services in order to attract more customers, demoting matters of safety.
- The residents, as well as the area’s shop owners, are very kind, willing to help and provide any piece of information.
- Don’t miss the chance to taste the delicious chops.
- Only a few shop owners speak English well enough for you to be able to communicate easily with them.
- Prices for all products, as well as restaurants, are a bit higher than the country’s average.
- In the 47 villages of the complex, there are often events and festivals being held, like the mushroom-fair, the fair of the tsipouro, Saint Mary’s fair, etc. Search for ones organized according to the time of your visit!
- Try the delicious, traditional Zagorian pies.
- Tips are not included in the final bill. It is not considered an insult to leave it on the table.