"Pano Soudena" Ano Pedhina by mindcrime
Ano Pedhina Travel Guide: 7 reviews and 20 photos
Ano Pedina is another village that belongs to Central Zagori, located 35km NE from Ioannina. There is a small valley with one of the most fertile plains of the area, actually the valley is between the two brother villages Kato Pedina and Ano Pedina. We first visited Kato Pedina which is much smaller, after that we drunk a coffee at Elafotopos village and then we approached Ano Pedina that has more things to offer for the visitor. Some important sights to visit is the monastery of Evagelistria, the church of Ayios Dimitrios and the church of Ayia Paraskevi, all of them were built after the second half of the 18th century. All the houses were/are/will built from stone and wood, materials of the area, so this gives a unique and picturesque feeling to all the villages of Zagori.
Ano Pedina is one of the oldest villages of the area (the oldest written reference about it is from 1361!) and according to the tradition inhabitants of the village immigrated to Kalavrita during the 15th century. The village was very wealthy during 18th and 19th century with many famous local people that were popular for their literature and intellectual studies like the historian Ioannis Lampridis (he wrote “Ipirotika Meletimata” one of the important books about Epirus history) and the professor and priest Neofitos Doukas. The men of the village started to immigrate to other Balkan countries and Central Europe and later to Egypt.
The village was kind of abandoned for many years (like most of the Zagori villages) but the last decade many new mansions were built by people that had their roots here and chosen to leave the stress way of living in the big cities and came here. We stayed till late to watch a concert at the main square but we didn’t overnight. We will return during the winter though because there are some small hotels with many available rooms. You have to book ahead though if you plan to visit any of the villages at Zagori area in high season (Christmas, easter, 15th august etc). Some of the hotels are: Primoula (www.primoula.gr, tel:2653071133), To Spiti Tou Oresti (www.orestishouse.gr, tel:2653071202), Porfyron (www.porfyron.com, tel:2653071579).
The old name of the village was Pano Soudena. Soudena is a slav word that means “cold place” probably because of the cold ghyll that is near the village. The village is up at about 900metres and it is built between 5 hills. The fertile plain usually covered by fog early in the morning used to house huge crops of vineyards, lentils, corn and wheat.
Believe it or not you might catch a good concert up here! The night we were there some greek singers (Peridis and... more travel advice
This nice tavern officially called Soudena (like the old name of the village) but everyone knows it as Sotiria which is... more travel advice
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