As I wound my way up a wildflower-strewn path along Greece’s dizzying Vikos gorge, I had to keep stopping, just to drink in its sheer scale. Forested mountains stretched into the distance – the craggy peaks still topped with snow – and the clear waters of the Voidomatis river whooshed by below. I hadn’t seen another soul for hours. In a country so blessed with ancient ruins, islands and beaches, people tend to forget about Greece’s mountains as a holiday option. Unspoilt Vikos-Aoös national park is in the Zagori region, near the Albanian border and an uncomplicated three-hour drive from...
A Ioannina, une autre Grèce se révèle, verdoyante, orientale et méconnue. Capitale provinciale et ville estudiantine, c’est ici que bat le coeur de l’Epire, au bord d’un lac paisible où se mirent les montagnes toutes proches. Jadis carrefour commercial entre l’Italie, la Russie et l’empire ottoman, elle a brassé les cultures et nourri des légendes qui se racontent encore dans son architecture. La ville de Ioannina abonde en mythes qui semblent surgir de la brume légère qui chaque matin à l’aube enveloppe le lac Pamvotis à moins qu’ils ne naissent à l’horizon quand, à la tombée du jour, on...
Today, the villages of the Zagori are 46 in number, shared out among Central, Western and Eastern Zagori. Vitsa, a village of the Central Zagori, officially  designated as a ‘traditional’ settlement of particular historical, architectural and ecological interest, is one of the most typical villages of the Zagori, a region unique not only in Greece but also in Europe for its history and culture, and for its natural features. It lies at a distance of 36 kilometres from the city of Ioannina, on the road network of the Central Zagori, on the borders of theVikos-Aoos National...
Drakolimni (Greek: Δρακολίμνη, Dragon lake) is the name of several alpine or sub-alpine lakes in northwestern Greece Epirus region: the ones in mountain Tymfi and Smolikas are the most widely known. According to local folktales the lakes used to be inhabited by dragons who fought each other by throwing pines and rocks and thus created the peculiar landscape and gave their names to the lakes.[1] Drakolimni of Tymfi The first lake resides at an altitude of 2050m above sea level, on the mountain range of Tymfi, in Vikos–Aoös National Park. It is overlooked by the nearby peaks of...