A great book for anyone that wants to explore the astonishing Zagori area in Greece!
A great book for anyone that wants to explore the astonishing Zagori area in Greece!
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A great book for anyone that wants to explore the astonishing Zagori area in Greece!

Containing 5 key chapters (Central Zagori, Vikos Gorge, Mount Tymphi, Konitsa - Smolikas and Valia Kalda - Metsovo), the book presents 30 different hiking and 3 trekking trails in the wonderful nature of the area, with its old stone bridges, traditional villages, old monasteries and the legends that surround them.

Zagori is one of the last relatively unexplored and virgin hiking destinations of Europe with enchanting landscapes, gorges, amazing forests, rivers with crystal turquoise waters, rugged alpine peaks and picturesque mountain villages.

We were happy to receive a very good guide to Zagori: The book “Walking and Trekking in Zagori” by Aris Leontaritis is a great help for those who want to explore and unlock the secrets of this beautiful mountainous area of ​​Greece.

Containing 5 key chapters (Central Zagori, Vikos Gorge, Mount Tymphi, Konitsa - Smolikas and Valia Kalda - Metsovo), the book presents 30 different hiking and 3 trekking trails in the wonderful nature of the area, with its old stone bridges, traditional villages, old monasteries and the legends that surround them.

You will also find information on geology, flora and fauna and the weather conditions prevailing in Zagorochoria. And of course, accessing info, accommodation and food information so you have everything you need to fully enjoy your visit to Zagori.

The guide is very well organized, presenting all the points of interest of each route, framed by very beautiful photos. The trails cover all the hiking desires and possibilities: from easy walks of 2.5 km to very demanding 45 km hikes.

For each route you will find detailed information, distances, ascents and descents, the degree of difficulty, the times required for completion, points of interest and maps of the paths and regions.

The book by Aris Leontaritis will help you explore Voidomatis, Vikos Gorge, Mikro and Megalo Papigo, Monodendri, Aristi, Kipi, Elafotopos and all the remarkable locations of Zagori.

GPX files available for free download are also available for all routes.

The contents of the book:

Zagori: a historical and cultural overview

Geography and geology

Plants and wildlife

When to go

Getting there

Getting around

Accommodation

Food and drink

Language

What to take

Maps and GPS

Weather forecasts

Staying safe

Emergencies, rescue and health services

Using this guide

THE ROUTES

1 Central Zagori

Walk 1 The round of the stone bridges

Walk 2 Kipi to Dilofo and Vitsa

Walk 3 Kipi to Kapesovo and Missios Bridge

Walk 4 Kipi to Tsepelovo and Kapesovo

Walk 5 The Vradeto staircase and Beloi viewpoint

Walk 6 Vikaki (Selato) Gorge

Walk 7 Mt Mitsikeli

Walk 8 Iliochori waterfalls

2 Vikos Gorge and vicinity

Walk 9 Vikos Gorge crossing

Walk 10 Oxia viewpoint

Walk 11 Voidomatis Springs and Theotokos Monastery

Walk 12 Voidomatis Gorge crossing

Walk 13 Kokkino Lithari viewpoint

Walk 14 Papigo villages and Ovires Rogovou natural pools

Trek 1 An alternative approach to the Vikos Gorge

3 Mt Timfi

Walk 15 Astraka Refuge and Drakolimni Lake

Walk 16 Robozi Lake

Walk 17 Gamila summit

Walk 18 Astraka summit

Walk 19 The round of Astraka

Walk 20 The Davalista trail (Astraka Refuge to Konitsa)

Walk 21 Astraka Refuge to Konitsa or Vrisochori over the Karteros Pass

Walk 22 Tsepelovo to Vrisochori traverse

Trek 2 The ultimate Zagori trek

4 Konitsa and Mt Smolikas

Walk 23 Mt Trapezitsa and Roidovouni Peak

Walk 24 Stomiou Monastery

Walk 25 Konitsa to Vrisochori traverse

Walk 26 Pades to Drakolimni of Smolikas Lake

Trek 3 The classic ascent to the Dragonlake of Smolikas

5 Valia Calda National Park and Metsovo

Walk 27 Valia Calda National Park

Walk 28 Avgo Peak

Walk 29 The Flega Lakes

Walk 30 Following the footprints of the brown bear in Metsovo

Appendix A Route summary table

Appendix B Useful contacts and other practical information

Appendix C English-Greek glossary and expressions

Appendix D Further reading

You can purchase the book “Walking and Trekking in Zagori” by Aris Leontaritris via the Cicerone Publishing online at https://www.cicerone.co.uk/walking-and-trekking-in-zagori. It is available in printed and online form, the first one costing about 18 euros and the second costing 9,90 euros.

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