The name Zagori first appeared in a document in 1321 and is Slavic for 'behind the mountains'
Zagori is a geographical area consisting of 46 traditional villages spread over the mountains. It has something for everyone: pine and fir forests, crystal clear waters, traditional stone bridges, beautiful churches and a wealth of flora and fauna.
Papigo in western Zagori is a settlement built on the sides of Mount Astraka. It consists of two areas: Small (Mikro) and Great (Megalo) Papigo - both have kept their traditional appearance with large manor houses, cobbled streets and fresh mountain springs.
Drakolimni is the biggest lake of the Vikos-Aoos National Park and is located in the mountains of Timfi.
Vikos Gorge is in the Vikos-Aoos National Park and crosses west and central Zagori. It is approximately 12km long and its cliffs reach 1200m.
Monodendri is one of the most beautiful and well-known of the traditional Zagori settlements. The large square, manor houses and churches reflect the wealth of its citizens during the Turkish occupation. The settlement is home to the 15th century monastery of St Paraskevi and the 17th century Church of St. Minas.
Where to stay
This grand building has been a family-run hotel since the 1980s. A warm welcome and tasty food awaits!
"We just wanted to thank you both very much indeed for organising a truly fantastic walking holiday in Greece for us. Our self-guided walking holiday in Zagori National Park & Mt. Olympus was absolutely superb in every respect. The organisation, accommodation, food, walking & our local guide Alex were all excellent. I seem to remember asking when we first made contact if you could organise some walking for us in remote areas of Greece, away from the normal tourist haunts & having the “wow” factor. Well you certainly achieved those aims for us. The small hotels/guest houses you organised for us were all excellent & the food & welcome we received was second to none. I would thoroughly recommend the holiday as a brilliant means of seeing spectacular parts of Greece & staying in marvellous small hotels . The food was exceptional everywhere. The local people very friendly & welcoming. Thanks again for all your efforts to ensure that we both had a wonderful walking holiday & witnessed magnificent parts of Greece that we didn’t know existed."
R Tookey, UK, Sept 2016
"I've been meaning to write since we got back from our trip to thank you for helping us to organise the 8 day self drive part of our longer trip to Greece. We had a fantastic three and a half weeks away, with all the different parts fitting together really well. Northern Greece was a revelation to us, absolutely stunning. All the accommodation was good, with really friendly and helpful staff.The directions you sent were excellent, although, as the Greeks don't seem to go much for road signs, we did have problems getting in and out of town (having stopped in town) onto the right road around Ioanina. Luckily my husband had a portable GPS that he uses for geocaching which proved very helpful. Apart from that it was fine!"
P Thomson, UK, August 2016