"ZAGORIA VILLAGES AND VIKOS GORGE" Papingon by parsix

Papingon Travel Guide: 32 reviews and 87 photos



Set in the North West side of Greece, close to the border with Albania, hides this truly unique landscape made up of 46 villages with unique arquitecture and culture.
Zagoria means "behind the mountains" in Slavic, and the area is a World Heritage site.

Zagorians prospered during the occupation of the Ottoman Turks (who ruled from Ioannina) because their inaccessibility allowed them to live autonomously. Some became traders and established trade routes through the Balkans to cities as far away as Vienna, Bucharest and Odessa.

Bridges were essential for keeping trade routes open and Zagoria is uniquely blessed with these graceful, stone structures.

Different reasson attracts people to Zagoria: the stone bridges, Pindos, or Vikos Gorge.... it will leave a long lasting impression.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Beautiful, untamed, and totally unspoilt
  • Cons:remote
  • In a nutshell:Perfect place to detox from the city
  • Last visit to Papingon: Sep 2004
  • Intro Updated Oct 27, 2004
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  • SirRichard's Profile Photo
    Dec 4, 2006 at 7:56 AM

    Hola Fiona, qué tal te va? Thanx for showing a part of Greece I didn't know. Seems like a nice place to visit.

  • nickandchris's Profile Photo
    Jan 2, 2006 at 2:20 PM

    This is one area of Greece we have yet to explore, hopefully in the not too distant future. It's always nice to find pages of lesser known areas.

  • athenian80's Profile Photo
    Nov 26, 2004 at 2:53 PM

    I love Papigo. It's too long a time since my last visit. Your page is cool! ;o)

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