Greece Travel Guide|Greek Mountains
Tzoumerka is an earthly paradise in the Pindos you must see
In the central Pindos, between Arachthos and Aspropotamos, are Tzoumerka Athamanika or mountains, the natural boundary between Thessaly and Epirus, which occupies part of Ioannina, Arta and Trikala. As for the name, is reportedly Vlach origin as "Tzoumas" Vlach means sharp peak.
The highest peak is the Kakarditsa with altitude 2429 meters and the next highest is Katafydi with altitude 2393 meters, while important villages (called Tzoumerkochoria) are Kalarrytes the Melissourgoi the Pramanta the Agnanta the Athamania the Vourgareli and Gardiki Trikala and dozens more traditional villages, surrounded by gorges, canyons and mountains. The mountainous terrain, rich forests, rivers and waterfalls attract visitors, and compose a charming landscape while wild and imposing.
A tour to settlements in the rich forests and riparian ecosystems will enable you to enjoy the amazing scenery, but keep in mind that the roads will not help you much, as the roads are dangerous and narrow canyons and hundreds of meters are just ... breathing. But it is worth the ... more
Tzoumerka connect Macedonia and Thessaly to Epirus and have as their western boundary the Arachthos, previously a free natural border between Greece and the Ottoman state.
The 47 villages and traditional settlements-many of which are located at altitudes above 2000 meters, have a common cultural and historical past. Built between 14th and 15th century, during the Ottoman period and played an important role in modern Greek history, and contributed actively, both in the revolutionary struggle of 1821, and the resistance against the Nazi occupiers.
Major villages are Pramanta, Syrrako and Kalarrytes. The Pramanta is the largest of the villages and where you will find the major tourist development.
The built environment is in complete harmony with the natural-with stone houses and mansions, and many villages have joined the network of protected areas Natura 2000, because of rare bird species that host and what are threatened with extinction.
The Tzoumerkochoria there is a region that has been altered by excessive tourism. However you get there organized hostels and rented rooms, and restaurants and taverns with traditional flavors.
The natural landscape and ornaments. The area is full of Tzoumerka forests, and is particularly rich flora and fauna. There is also the Arachthos River and a tributary, the Kalaritikos. From the Mountains spring Athamanika also several tributaries of Achelous and Arachthos.
During your tour you will meet many Tzoumerka traditional stone bridges of particular artistic and aesthetic value, most of which are kept in very good condition, with its famous bridge plaque, is the largest single arch bridge in the Balkans. Arachthos spans the river and is on the verge of Arta - Ioannina settlement of Plaka-Raftanaion, reaching 40 meters long and 18 to 20 feet tall.
Next to the bridge, the ruins of the old customs, that worked when Arachthos was the natural border between Greece and the Ottoman Empire.
Do not forget to also visit the red church outside the village Bourgareli, a leading Byzantine monument, the folklore museum of Pantelis Karali Cells in the cave Anemotrypa just outside the monastery and Pramanta Kipinas the road for Kalarrytes.
For nature lovers and adventure, Tzoumerka is also a good choice as they have very rich ecosystem and hiking trails, and several protected species of animals find refuge in the forests of the region include pine, oak, beech, pine, arbutus, willow and planes. Also, it is possible to deal with various alternative activities such as rafting, 4x4, mountain biking, archery, horse riding etc.
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How to get there:
Drive. From Rio via Athens-Arta road to arrive at Bourgareli - Agnanta or through Trikala - Mesochori. H route is 403 km in the first case and a little more through Trikala.