From Zagoria to Meteora: between stone villages and epic views.
We are guests at the hotel Archontiko Zarkada located in the village of Monodendri. The hotel is simply delicious, a perfect mix of a mountain refuge and a boutique hotel. Eleftherios runs in a superb way the hotel and the excellent tavern with his family.
After a great breakfast with a panoramic view of the Pindos Mountains, Eleftherios draw for us a map of the villages that we must not lose
We get back in the car and we go up to Oxia Vikos, driving through a forest of stone and trees. We leave the car and head down by walk into the valley. As we walk we are overwhelmed by the panoramic view of the Vikos Gorge, a spectacle of nature!
Generally we do not suffer from vertigo but here the walls descend steeply to over 1000 meters and the winds tend not to expose us too much. This is a place of indescribable beauty, we do not know whether photographing or sit in silence watching this masterpiece.
We continue to the village of Kipoi, formerly the “capital” of the villages of Zagoria, to appreciate the typical architecture of stone bridges and houses laid out on a gentle hill.
We stop in the village of Aristi, starting point for rafting trips. We are stunned by the clearness of the water of the river, the reflection of the trees color the water green, where it becomes deeper it becomes blue crayon. We do not hesitate to swim in the river but we stop when the water arrive at our knees, it’s frozen!
We would like to stay longer but our tour de force continues,direction: Meteora!
The route of the main road leads us to the Pindos Mountains, pine forests and snow-capped peaks convince us to leave the highway and take the scenic route inside the mountains.
The Pindus Mountains are one of the most impressive mountain ranges of Greece. The road is curvy and challenging, every 5 kilometers there are signs indicating the presence of bears! There are no gas stations or villages along the way. 3 hours of intense driving with breathtaking views and the anxiety of having taken the right way!
We arrive at Meteora in time to take the latest photos from the top of these rocks sandstone that rise in a magnificent location on the surrounding plains.
Even today we do not have lunch, but we are full of unforgettable emotions and memories tomorrow…!
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