Zagorochoria Vikos

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General information

Vikos village Zagoria: Vikos is a small popular village, 51 km far from Ioannina. This village provides a magnificent view of the Vikos gorge; it has obviously taken its name after the gorge, which is part of the Vikos-Aoos National Park. Vikos is a common starting point for walks along the gorge and has many footpaths leading to great places, such as the downhill springs of the Voidomatis River, at 20 minutes distance on foot. These footsteps also lead to the church of Panagia Spiliotissa (Virgin Mary of the Cave).

There is another good view point to Voidomatis River, on the opposite side of the gorge. There are many comfortable pensions in Vikos which are useful if you want to make the inverse itinerary and reach Vikos at night.To get to Vikos from Ioannina, you can use the local bus service. Just take into account that the itineraries are rare, only three times a week, and usually part from Ioannina early in the morning. It is advised to check the schedules before planning the trip.

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1 Review
  • hfjsk44 07 Feb 2011
    What an amazing view
    This is truly one of the most important sights in Zagoria plus it is among the best gorges in Europe. The gorge runs from Monodendri to the village of Vikos. The locals told us that this is the best way to cross it but we were not ready for such a dangerous operation. We took our (rental) bikes and went riding to the famous Monastery of Agia Paraskevi which is abandoned today. It offers a breathtaking view from up there as it is built at the edge of a rough rock of Vikos Gorge. Visitors can safely watch the view from a terrace of the chapel whereas there are numerous caves located east of the monastery.

    As we rode through a pleasant route, we made a short stop on the bridge of Kokori. Notice its exceptional architecture and style. We returned at the road to Vitsa and Monodendri and went straight where the road leads to village Aristi. We made a short stop there and we had a coffee at the square under a big plane. We headed back to Monodendri and enjoyed the rest of the day by walking around the village. It is a difficult route but an incredible visit! My advice is to go in spring, when the day is longer and the weather is better. In winter, it is very snowy in Zagoria and can be dangerous. In Vikos Gorge, we also saw some people mountain climbing. They seemed to put a lot of effort, but probably had fun!