Zagoria (or Zagorochoria) is a unique residential, historical and cultural cluster of stone villages, masterfully constructed bridges, and monasteries carved into the mountains.
The human presence in the area is already detected during the Upper Paleolithic period. Since 1430 and throughout the Ottoman domination of the region, Zagoria have been granted privileged status, having secured autonomy, self-government, and tax exemption. These conditions, coupled with economic prosperity and the development of trade, boosted its social and cultural prospects. A lot of money was spent to build homes, schools, bridges, trails, fountains, churches, and a number of other remarkable buildings.
Today, Zagoria maintain their cultural heritage unchanged in an attempt to continue the customs of the region. The unique architecture, the traditional music, the amazing nature, the wild beauty of the mountains, and the rich flora and fauna of the area are the characteristics that make it stand out.
You will discover the beauty of Zagoria by walking along the Vikos Gorge, listening to the rumble of the Voidomatis river, and admiring impressive Mountain Timfi. The spectacular Vikos Gorge, topped by massive rounded cliff buttresses and craggy walls in light grey and orange-yellow, is a unique geological phenomenon classified by the Guinness Book of Record as the world’s deepest, plummeting some 3,000 feet, a gold-based on both depth and width-to depth ratio. A schism in the earth that could have only been created by a divine hand. The narrowest section of the two sides is just 1,100m wide and its depths reach 900m. The Vikos Gorge is the realm of eagles, of rare medicinal herbs, and steep vertical rocks. Passing through, it is a lifetime experience.