Slowly leaving us behind the summer and with the onset of the first rains, our mood changes. We are starting to look for a warmer and cosier atmosphere, we want to get closer to nature but also to the colours of this season. What better, then, than an Autumn getaway in Zagorochoria, where nature and architecture come in complete harmony, creating a background of unique beauty. The impressive shades of Autumn literally enchant, as they dress with their warm colours the nature around them, yellow, orange, red, brown, everything is in full swing.
Let’s discover the picturesque Zagorochoria and the natural wealth of incomparable beauty!
Exploring the traditional settlements
Built amphitheatrically, in the green area of Zagori, the picturesque Zagorochoria are scattered in Tymfi, Pindos and Mitsikeli. 46 in total, are the most valuable jewel in the greater Ioannina area, offering a unique landscape of unparalleled natural beauty that excites every visitor.
If you want to come close to nature for a few days, to relax and enjoy unique places and incredible landscapes, an Autumn getaway in Zagorochoria is the best choice. Of course, it is impossible to visit all 46 villages in a few days, so below we have prepared a list of the most popular of them.
Although not as famous as the other villages of Zagori, Ano Pedina is a great destination especially when it comes to an autumn excursion. You will have the opportunity to walk on the stone streets, between the mansions, to admire the traditional architecture. but also to breathe fresh air mixed with the natural scents of beeches, cypresses and walnuts, giving a unique feeling of rejuvenation. As for the accommodation, you will find dozens of traditional guesthouses and mansions built of stone and well-kept taverns.
A predominantly traditional Epirus village and a trademark of the Zagori area. Vitsa is located at a distance of about 36 km from the city of Ioannina and just 10 km from the famous Vikos Gorge. It is built amphitheatrically, among dense vegetation, offering a wonderful view of the village and the wider area. Taking a walk you will discover its incomparable beauty, the impressive mansions, the stone buildings such as the temples, the bridges and the houses, but also the stone streets and the paved terraces. Do not miss to visit the monasteries and churches of the village but also to try the local cuisine.
Built at an altitude of 1,050 m., Monodendri is another traditional settlement worth visiting for an Autumn getaway in Zagorochoria. A walk in the picturesque cobbled alleys, in the well-preserved mansions, in the fairytale guesthouses and in the traditional taverns, will give you this breath that you are looking for a getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Another beautiful traditional village of Epirus, with excellent buildings of local architecture. It belongs to the largest villages in the area of Zagori, while it is an excellent base for exploring the surrounding area. The picturesque neighbourhoods, the paved central square with the plane tree, but also the amazing accommodation steal the show.
Last but not least, on our list for an Autumn getaway in Zagorochoria, is the famous Papigo. In fact, there are two settlements, the Mikro and Megalo Papigo, which among the most popular in the area of Zagori, with excellent tourist infrastructure. Extremely charming, they have stone buildings and cobbled narrow streets, well-kept traditional guesthouses and taverns, while what stands out is the incredible view of the imposing Astraka, one of the highest peaks of Tymfi.
Things to do
Apart from the tour of the impressive traditional villages, what’s also worth doing if you visit Zagorochoria in Autumn, is to explore the natural beauties and the flora of the area. Do not miss to visit the Voidomatis river, the refuge of Astraka and the alpine lake Drakolimni Tymfi, as well as the National Park and the impressive gorge of Vikos. Arched bridges, monuments, local products and authentic Epirus flavours, old churches and endless activities in nature are waiting to be discovered.
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