Discover the beauty of our area in 2 days
Day 1 West Zagori
We suggest the following route in this specific order:
Vikos – Voidomatis Springs
Starting from Aristi Square, follow the road with direction to Vikos village for 5 Km. From the wooden observatory with the excellent view of the Vikos Gorge, you can notice that the village is actually surrounded by the gorge. Built at the entrance of the gorge, the village has only 10 permanent residents.
If you want to spend more time at this location you can hike to the Voidomatis Springs within the Vikos Gorge. The path starts from the entrance of the village and descends down to the springs. There, you will witness the birth of the river as water wells up from the mountain slope creating Voidomatis River. The path is relatively short and the descent takes around 25 minutes and the ascend 40 minutes. From the wooden observatory you will have a full view of the area, and of this short hike. From there you will be able to spot the river at the bottom of the canyon and thus being able to evaluate on site, if you want to descent to the springs (Map 1).
Aristi Bridge – Walk on the banks of the Voidomatis River
From the village of Vikos head to Aristi and directly on the main square, you will find the road heading down towards Papigo village. In the middle of the route Aristi-Papigo you will come across Voidomatis River and the Bridge of Aristi. There, you can stop and admire the crystal-clear waters of the river and if you want to walk by the river for a little longer and away from the crowds, we recommend a very easy hike, that is suitable for everyone. Attention: Leave the bridge behind (as you are heading to Papigo) and at the first right turn of the road (300 meters from the bridge) park your car. On the left, you will see a stone-built path going into the forest. This is the starting point of a beautiful hike through a spectacular forest full of plane trees, next to Voidomatis. Its total duration is 2 hours and ends at Klidonia Bridge. You can walk as long as you like and get back to your car the same way. If you want to walk the whole way, you can get in touch with the hotel and organize a pick up from the end of the route back to your car. The hike is really easy and is recommended for everyone (Map 2).
Megalo and Mikro Papigo – Natural Rock Pools
After leaving Voidomatis behind you, head towards Megalo and Mikro Papigo. Two beautiful villages, worth walking and discovering the cobblestone narrow roads which have a marvelous view towards the Astraka peak. Moreover, you can visit the “Zagori Nature and Culture Information Center”, where you will have a great opportunity to be informed about the importance of the national park and the ecosystem of the area as well as the human interaction with the nature of Zagori.
Natural Rock Pools
In the middle of the route from Big to Small Papigo, you will come across the natural rock pools.
As water runs on the surface it erodes the limestone rocks creating remarkable formations and natural pools. During summer time you can lie down on your towel on the flat rocks and spend a few hours relaxing and diving in the amazing pools. On your return, you can rest in the hotel’s pool and Jacuzzi or relax with one of our massage treatments.
The total driving distance is about 35 Km
Additional suggestions for West Zagori
Rafting in Voidomatis
The Voidomatis rafting route is an easy route, but the beauty of the landscape is very impressive. The route crosses the lush canyon of Voidomatis with the impressive vertical slopes and after one and a half hour it ends at Klidonia Bridge. In the middle of the rafting route, you will come across the remote monastery of Agioi Anargyroi, where you can stop and visit.
Monastery of Panagia Spiliotissa
Hidden behind the plane trees and perched on steep cliffs is the Monastery of Spiliotissa. It is one of the oldest monasteries of Zagori built in 1665. You can find the monastery on the left side of the road as you drive from Aristi to Papigo and 200 meters before reaching Aristi Bridge. Park your car and stroll through the plane trees next to the waters of Voidomatis. Unfortunately, you will not be able to enter the monastery, but it is well worth a look from the outside. You will be impressed not only by its architecture but by its beautiful location as well.
Day 2 Central Zagori
We suggest the following route in this specific order:
Oxia – Monodentri – Agia Paraskevi
In order to get a complete view of Zagori and the famous Vikos Gorge, you should not leave the area without a visit to the Oxia location. Starting from Aristi follow the road that leads to Monodendri and passes through the villages of K. Pedina and Vitsa. From Monodendri continue driving for another 4km and you will come across the impressive stone forest which consists of different shaped rock formations. After driving for another 3-4km the road ends at Oxia site. The view of Vikos Gorge is breathtaking and the landscape truly unique. As you return from Oxia, stop at Monodendri, where you can wander through the narrow streets of the village and end up in an architecturally magnificent monastery built literally on the edge of the cliff, the monastery of Agia Paraskevi, built in 1413.
Dilofo – Kipoi – Stone bridges – Koukouli
As you continue your tour, stop at Dilofo. One of the most beautiful villages in the area and, architecturally speaking, perhaps the most interesting with characteristic cobbled streets and beautiful views of Timfi mountain range. From the village square you have one of the most representative images of Zagori architecture. Leaving Dilofo behind with direction the villages of Koukouli and Kipoi you will come across the Kokori Bridge built in 1750. It is one of the most beautiful bridges in Zagori and from this spot the route to the Misiou Bridge begins. We suggest a short walk starting at Kokori Bridge and after about 20 minutes ending at the Misiou Bridge. The walk is easy, as it has no elevation differences and is well-marked and unique. The total time of the route up to Misiou Bridge and back is 1 hour at slow walking pace. (Map 3).
As a next stop you can choose Koukouli with its beautiful square, the school with the five fountains, the Zoodochos Pigi, one of Zagori’s most beautiful buildings and the Lazaridis Botanical Museum. In the Museum you will find samples of medicinal herbs of the area and information on the profession of the so called “Vikogiatroi”, a team of doctors who made therapeutic remedies out of the area’s many herbs and plants. Kipoi village, which is in a 2km distance from Koukouli, assembles some of Zagori’s most remarkable stone bridges which are a typical sample of local architecture. Visit Milos Bridge, Kalogeriko Bridge, Kontodimos Bridge and Kokoris Bridge.
Kapesovo – Vradeto – Tsepelovo
As you continue your trip, ascend towards Kapesovo. One of the smallest villages in the area built on an ideal spot with beautiful views. You can simply make a stop or relax in one of the cafes located around the beautiful square. The village of Vradeto is 10km away. With no permanent residents, Vradeto is a special village, the highest built village in Zagori. Both the road to get there and the village streets as well, offer great views of the surrounding area. If you don’t intend to walk to Beloi site or do not like isolation, avoid the bypass for Vradeto. Tsepelovo is one of the most famous villages in Zagori. It is a classic sample of Zagori architecture with a beautiful square and picturesque paths going through the village.
Kapesovo – Vradeto – Beloi
Just outside of Kapesovo the route to the famous Vradeto staircase begins, a very well-preserved cobbled stone road leading to the village of Vradeto, the highest altitude village in Zagori. The walk can be done half, if you do not continue from Vradeto for another 25 minutes towards Beloi site. The view from Beloi though, is breathtaking. The total time of the hike from Kapesovo to Beloi is about 75 minutes. The same time is needed in order to get back to your car in Kapesovo. An alternative is that someone drives the car to Vradeto in order to avoid a downhill return to Kapesovo through the Vradeto staircase. The best part of the hike is the Vradeto – Beloi walk. If you reach Vradeto by car, the hike to Beloi will be 20-25 minutes (Map 4).
Hiking Kapesovo – Gradista
From Kapesovo you can walk up to Gradista view point. You can ask someone in the village for the starting point of the path that leads through a beautiful forest to another point with incredible views of the Vikos Gorge. The journey takes about 45 minutes and is very easy and well-marked (Map 4).
For the second day the total driving distance is about 75 Km
Additional suggestions for Central Zagori Crossing of the Vikos Gorge
The most interesting and special landmark of the Zagori area is the Vikos Gorge. Along with Drakolimni lake, they are the busiest hiking routes natures lovers choose. Our suggestions would be incomplete without the 5-hour hike from Monodendri to Vikos. Aristi Mountain Resort can provide transfers from Aristi to Monodendri and from Vikos to the hotel by car, as well as a guide if you feel the need to feel more secure during the crossing of the canyon.
You can visit the village of Negades where you will find the Church of Agios Georgios Negades built in 1795. Feel free to ask people in the village to open the church for you in order to admire the murals painted by the painters of Kapesovo and the gold-plated altar. It is the most unique and special church in Zagori.