Eastern Ioannina

Aoos Lake – Tsouka Rosa – Aoos Lake Difficulty: Average Altitude variation – 1350 – 1980 – 1350 m
Duration: 6 hours
This circular trail leads followers past a small section of the beautiful Aoos Lake and continues through the mountains of Tsouka Rosa, where a spotting of wild brown bears or several birds of prey is possible. The route finishes where it started at Lake Aoos and is signposted as P4.

Dikorfo – Kipi Difficulty: Average Altitude variation – 1000 – 800 m Duration: 4 hours
A great path along which hikers can admire the rich natural beauty of the area is this leisurely route connecting two picturesque villages within the famous “Zagorohoria” region. The trail begins from the charming village of Dikorfo, where explorers can admire traditional Zagorian houses as well as the church of Agios Ioannis which offers beautiful views over the entire Zagori region. Continuing northward, hikers will journey through the delightful oak forests of Zagori and may spot a wandering wild pig or brown bear along the way. (Both are rarely seen and pose little threat if unprovoked). A little before reaching the village of Kipi, walkers will pass several traditional stone bridges crossing the Voidomatis River. The path is marked as Z2.

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Aoos Lake – Aoos River & Arkoudorema confluence Difficulty: Hard Altitude variation –Merope 1350 -1000 m Duration: 4 hours
Though the path should take most walkers only 4 hours to complete, don’t let that fool you into thinking it’s a walk in the park. Technically, hikers will venture through sections of Pindos National Park, but it won’t be easy! The trail takes walkers along the banks of the Aoos River where they may enjoy the rare opportunity to see a brown bear or wild mountain goat before finishing at the convergence of the Aoos and Arkoudeorema Rivers. The trail is signposted as P5.

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Aoos Lake – Aftia Difficulty: Hard Altitude variation: 1350 – 2150 – 2081 m Duration: 4 hours

Starting from the Eastern shores of Lake Aoos, this trail heads northward through the Mavrovouni Mountains, passing the eponymous refuge on its way. From here hikers can enjoy amazing views over the area below before continuing through sections of the Pindos Natural Park. Here walkers will certainly be impressed with the beautiful scenery and rare wildlife such as Golden Eagles and wild mountain goats. This path is marked as P1.

Milia – Flegga Lakes Difficulty: Hard Altitude variation: 1150 – 1700 – 1350 – 1950 m Duration: 7 hours
This challenging path is full of ups and downs as it makes its way from the village of Milia up through the Mavrovouni and Valia Kalda mountains before finishing at the Flegga Lakes. The second half of the route takes hikers through parts of the Pindos National Park. Inquisitive walkers can check out the park’s information center in Milia before leaving. Along the way, wild boars, large birds of prey and even a brown bear or two may be spotted. The route is signposted as both E6 and P6.

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Anthohori – Tzoukareli peak Difficulty: Hard Altitude variation: 1050 – 2300 m  Duration: 4.5 hours
Starting from the quaint village of Anthohori, this difficult path takes walkers up a challenging ascent of more than 1200 m to the peak of Tzoukareli, at an altitude of 2300 meters! Along the way, hikers may see some wild boars and are very likely to spot some large raptors such as vultures and eagles.

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Vikos Gorge

The spectacular Vikos Gorge is an area of mesmerising beauty and bird watchers will most likely encounter several raptors throughout. There are several lookout points that allow observers to watch without actually descending into the gorge. The best is that at Oxia, which overlooks the deepest section of the gorge. It lies just 3 kilometres outside the village of Monodendri. However, there’s no denying that bird watchers who make the trip through the gorge will be rewarded with viewing various raptors as well as many endangered species of birds.

Aoos Gorge

The Aoos Gorge is smaller than Vikos Gorge but it still offers bird watchers some great opportunities for spotting large raptors. Aoos Gorge is navigable by foot, and those who walk through it are much more likely to spot one of the many species of eagles, hawks and vultures that inhabit the area.

Vikos Gorge

As the Guinness world record holder as the deepest gorge, the Vikos Gorge belongs on every walker’s itinerary. Due to its relatively untouched natural habitat, the gorge is an area of great interest for researchers, and explorers will have the opportunity to witness several plant and animal species that cannot be found elsewhere. The route is relatively easy and takes most walkers between 5-6 hours to complete. There is a pathway leading down to the gorge just outside of the village of Monodendri. From there, walkers have the option of continuing north, passing the springs of the Voidomatis River and ends at the village of Papingo. The other option is to head south until reaching the stone bridge of Kipi. Whichever route you choose, canyoning through the Vikos Gorge is an experience not to be missed!

Carpet Craft School of Delvinaki

Housed in the former village school, today the Carpet Craft School of Delvinaki is keeping the local textile tradition alive and well, offering lessons and employment to the residents. Housed in the former village school, today the Carpet Craft School of Delvinaki is keeping the local textile tradition alive and well, offering lessons and employment to the residents of the area as well as selling its fine products to customers all over the world. Visitors to the village have the opportunity to purchase hand-made rugs and other crafts.

Central Ioannina

Kapesovo – Beloi Difficulty: Average Altitude variation: 900 – 1500 m Duration: 3 hours
Short and steep best describe the route beginning in the village of Kapesovo and taking walkers alongside the top of the Vikos Gorge. Your efforts will be rewarded at the endpoint of Beloi that offers spectacular views from its lookout point of the Vikos Gorge. Hikers are also likely to spot some majestic species of large birds of prey along their journey.

Rizareios Craft School

Founded in memory of two of the wealthiest patrons of the Zagorohoria Manthos and Giorgios Rizaris, this school offers free lessons in several subjects to local girls aged 14 -20. Here, students can learn weaving, hand and machine sewing and tapestry as well as home economics, foreign languages and physical education. Products from the school can be purchased from the tapestry shop in the central square of Monodendri, where visitors can also watch the process of rug-weaving.

Aoos Gorge

Much smaller in comparison with neighbouring Vikos Gorge, this canyon has been cut by the Aoos River from where it gets its name. Unlike the Voidomatis River which flows only seasonally through a small section of the Vikos Gorge, the Aoos River has a steady flow throughout the year and runs through the entire Aoos Gorge. Additionally, the river is surrounded by thick vegetation, providing an enchanted walk for those who wish to partake in canyoning through the river.

Perama Cave

One of the most impressive caves in Europe and the second largest in Greece is the Cave of Peramatos located 4 kilometres from the city of Ioannina. It was accidentally discovered by locals who were searching for a hiding place from the Nazis in 1940. Speleologists later made a detailed exploration into the cave and discovered some of the most spectacular examples of stalactites and stalagmites throughout Greece.

Southern Ioannina

Sistrouni – Souli Difficulty: Average Altitude variation: 500 – 600 m Duration: 4 hours
Hikers following this route will begin in the village of Souli, known for its strong resistance and fighting against the Turks during the Greek War of Independence. The path continues through the foothills of Mt. Souli and walkers may catch a glimpse of one of the few herds of wild, free ranging horses in the region. The trail passes the remains of an ancient acropolis dating back to the 4th century BC, just outside the village of Sistrouni.

Ioannina and Lake Pamvotida

Ioannina’s location on the banks of Lake Pamvotida has made even the city a place where bird watchers can catch a glimpse of several species. The areas around the lake and on the small island across are known for types such as the Lesser Kestrel, Scops Owl, Penduline Tit, Little Grebe, Pygmy Cormorant and Whiskered Tern.

Northern Ioannina

Palioseli – Smolikas Difficulty: Average Duration: 4 hours
From the village of Palioseli, hikers will continue for a half hour on the path marked “Drakolimnes” until they reach the mountain refuge. From there it’s an uphill hike of two hours to Greece’s second highest mountain and the alpine lake.

Camping Limnopoula

Situated just beyond the banks of Lake Pamvotis is the Limnopoula campground. Hot water is provided 24 hours a day and patrons can take advantage of the on-site mini market and restaurant as well as the sports facilities and areas for washing clothes and plates.

Cave of Anemotripa

This large and fascinating cave was only discovered about fifty years earlier when 2 local men were asked to investigate what seemed to be air flowing out of a hole in the ground on the outskirts of Pramanta village. (Anemotripa means “wind hole” in Greek.) What they discovered was an extensive cave system including underground rivers and lakes, waterfalls, and impressive stalactites and stalagmites. Today the cave has been divided into three sections. The upper section is the oldest but due to its ceiling having partially collapsed; it remains closed to the public. The other two sections offer intriguing paths that snake their way through the wonders of the cave. A snack bar offers concessions at the entrance to the cave where tickets are sold. The cave lies just outside the village of Pramanta in the south east corner of the prefecture.