ZAGORI (Ζαγόρι)

We stopped in the village Kalpaki and from there we explored the Zagori region in the Pindus mountains in northwestern Greece. The whole region has beautiful nature protected in two National Parks with imposing snow-capped Mt Tymphe and the famous Aoos and Vikos Gorge. There are 46 tiny settlements built of the local gray stone, right up to the slate roofs, which blend almost seamlessly into the flanks of the heavily forested mountains. Most of their streets are too narrow for cars, and they’re linked to other villages by old stone paths and staircases and graceful arched bridges, all built in the 18th and 19th centuries. We walked over the Kokkori bridge (1750), the most picturesque of the Zagorohoria’s stone bridges, set between two sheer cliffs below the village of Koukouli.