A weekend in the Tzoumerka mountains

by erica Mitsidis - 4 years, 6 months ago

If you want to see another Greece, far from tourists and crowds, then the Tzoumerka region is where you should go. This area, in the high mountains between the towns of Arta and Yiannina in western Greece, are little known because it is only within the last 20 years that the roads have been improved for motor traffic.The region has beautiful little villages, with winding cobbestones lanes, tucked away high in the mountains. Pramanta, where we stayed in a cosy family hotel called Anavasi (with delicious breakfast with local specialities) is the biggest of the villages with a junior school, post office and medical centre. It also has two cute little cake shops selling local specialities. Another pretty village is Kalarrytes. Its claim to fame is that the sheep reared there supplied the wool for the woollen capes of Napoleon's army in the early 1800s!!! Yet another village Agnanta has a folk museum and water mill. In Syrrako, the highest of the villages, we were told that most of the houses had been in ruins until funds were found to restore them a few years ago. The village is delightful.What is so interesting about Tzoumerka is that there are gushing rivers over which are built arched stone bridges, a feat of medieval bridge building. Looking at them we cannot fail to wonder how they were built without supports or modern technology. They are a rare and wonderful sight. For the adventurous there is rafting, mountain climbing and trekking in the summer months.I forgot to mention. The local food is excellent, everything home grown and home cooked.Tzoumerka.....well worth a visit if you want to get away from it all.

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