Epirus occupies the...
Epirus occupies the north west corner of Greece and it is the most mountainous region. The skyline of the Pindus range forms the natural eastern boundary of the area, separating it but also linking it with other sections of the country.
Some of the largest and most beautiful forests in Greece are to be found in Epirus.The Black Pine (Pinus Negra) is predominant as well as dessiduous trees such as beech and oak, while the higher peaks are clad in the famous Rombola tree, a form of pine peculiar to the Balkan peninsula.
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The variety of wild flowers which grow runs into thousands. Some are quite impressive in appearance, such as the Lillium Candidum or Wild Virgin Lilly, the Albanian Lilly the 'Poet's Narcissus', Ramonda Serbica and many others.
Well preserved traditional settlements in Epirus, in their unique local style, serve as live museums of the recent phases in the area's history, covering the years of the Ottoman rule and more recent times.
When the turks overan Epirus during the 15th century, certain mountainous districts managed to ensure for themselves a degree of self rule. This enabled both their economy and culture to flourish.
The outstanding feature of these traditional settlements is the local gray stone out of which they are built.
During the Ottoman years the arts and crafts flourished in all forms. Many of the villages such as Metsovo and the town of Ioannina grew into noteworthy artistic centres with brisk activity in the establishments of goldsmiths and silversmiths, in gold embroidery, woven fabricks, woodcarving, etc.
The town of Ioannina, the capital of the area, is the largest town in Epirus, built at an altitude of 500 metres above the sea level and at a distance of 436 km from Athens.
Metsovo is perched high up at an altitude of 1116 metres, while it 56 km from Ioannina and 89 km from Trikala. It is an attractive mountain village with several interesting things to show.
Konitsa town stands at 602 metres altitude and 63 km from Ioannina. It is built amphiteatrically along the slopes of Trapezitsa mountain and has excellent climate.
On the north part of Ioannina we meet the areas of East Zagori, Central Zagori and the most important West Zagori, where Mikro and Megalo Papingo are located only 61 km from Ioannina.
Typical traditional settlements are found here set among surroundings of beauty, at the mouth of Vikos gorge, which was formed by the river Aoos, and along the banks of Voidomatis river.
Only 21 km south west of Ioannina lies Dodoni one of the most important archaeological sites in Epirus. The ancient oracle is still there, founded originally by the Pelasgians as well as ruins of an early Christian basilica built over the foundations of the ancient temple of the Dodonian Zeus, a citadel and an ancient open air theatre, one of the largest in Greece.