Although this blog is about Paxos I thought you might be interested in hearing about other stunning places that are so close to where we live. We recently visited the region of Zagori in the Pindus mountains in Epirus, North Western Greece.
Described as ‘one of Greece’s best kept secrets’ the area comprises of 45 villages collectively known as Zagoria, the population is just 3,700, therefore only 4 inhabitants per square kilometre, definitely a place to visit for some peace and quiet.
Ideal for walkers, during the dry months of the year you are able to walk along the river beds through lush vegetation or take a more mountainous trek. Home to two national parks and one of the deepest gorges in Europe, Vikos is 990m deep and is a days walk to complete one end to the other. Organised activities also include white water rafting and pony treks.
Travelling from the UK you would fly into Thessoliniki (2.5 hours) from here you could then hire a car and drive to Zagoria (approximately 2.5 hours). Alternatively if visiting Paxos you could leave from here by ferry to Igoumenitsa (2 hours) and then hire a car and drive to Zagoria, it took us under 3 hours, on the way back to the UK you could then fly from Thessoliniki. Year round tourism means there is always plenty to do, many Atheneans visit during the summer months to escape the heat of the city and in the winter months the Metsovo area is perfect for ski-ing.
We stayed at the Aristi Mountain resort http://www.aristi.eu. The hospitality was second to none and nothing was too much trouble, Dimitris and his team offer a friendly and personal service without being too intrusive, we will definitely return.