There is a bolt at Isioma area up at 1250 meters, just 4 km away from the village. The place is nice to sleep but it’s nice to be here anyway for the view of Stroggula or just having a coffee at the café the oweners have. The area is called isioma that means staight place, and there arent many like this in the mountains. During summer it’s possible...more
Everyone refresh his thirsty with the cold water here. I asked some old men about the story and why it’s called “ Arapis” (means black man) and they told me that when the sculptor was ready to made the face, an ugly man was passing by and the locals asked the sculptor to create the face like him!more
The cave was discovered in 1960 by Anna Petrohilu. There was a chilly wind coming out from a small hole. They opened a bigger hole and they discovered the cave that has 270m length. The cave has three levels but only the second one is available for the visitors. There are some nice stalactites and stalagmites to see and some small lakes from water...more
The old plane tree (Platanos in greek) is situated next to the church of Agia Paraskevi in the central square. It must be more than 150 years old and the locals are proud of it. The local café have tables under the tree so you can enjoy its chilly shadow during a sunny day while you have your drinks. It was very funny listening some locals telling...more
The day I went there I didn’t find any nuns but there was some signs inform that they can hold people for a night. I guess it was useful in the past when there wasn’t any hotel in the village. There is a small spring with cold fresh water and a church all build in the local architecture style with stones etcmore
The mountain chain(more than 28km) of Tzoumerka belongs to north Pindus and has many peak over 2000m like Stroggoula (2.107m), Katafidi (2.392m), Gerakovuni (2.211m), Kataraxias(2.280m), Trigona (2.067m) etc Over 1.300m there is no green but the view of the mountains are amazing. The basic rocks are made by limestone. At the eastern side there are...more
Mpoutzas is one of my favorite places for eating in Pramanda, or... lets say the best place to eat in the village. It is full of people most of the time because of great variety but also good prices of well cooked foods. The service is typical but its something normal in the area, dont expect extra friendly people, they just do their job and they...more
There are many taverns in the village. You can also eat in the hotel Tzoumerka. Try local meet, vegetables, spinach pie, meat or whatever pie (pies are very popular in Epirus area) etc Wash them down with beer or why dont you try local tsipuro, a very strong but typical booze in this villages.Drink turkish coffee as the local old men.The photo is...more
Patsas is a tripe soup famous in the greek and turkey cousine. The Greek version is called patsás(from the Turkish word paça 'cuff' or 'foot'). But the truth is that in the tripe soup is filled with other offal from goats or sheep, and with or without pigs' feet. What’s more it may be seasoned with lemon and garlic and thickened with...more
Pramanda is 365km away from Athens and 65km away from Ioannina.
There are buses from Ioannina that go to Pramanda but I’m not sure about the timetables. You have to call 2651026404 the central bus station of Ioannina.
For taxi call 2659061263
For the airport of Ioannina 2651083600
It’s better to go by car. It’s the only way to enjoy the route, to change the route on your way back (three different ones to Ioannina), to make small turns for hidden sights (see off the beaten path tips). In any way you have to drive down to Arachthos river and then up again from the other side.
You can buy some local products like honey, cheese etc In case you look for some souvenirs check out the little shop at Anemotrypa cave. They sell things like traditional wooden shepherd’s sticks, wooden canteens for water, local honey, sweets or marmalade etc
On your way back to Ioannina (this time from the normal route) after around 15km turn right (there is a sign) and go down the road, cross the small bridge and park the car. There is a small path that after 5’ will lead you to this historical bridge. This marvelous stone bridge built in 1866, it was an architecture issue of those times. It has 3...more
A stone bridge (typical in the area of Epirus) that probably built two centuries before from the locals. It connects the villages Ampelohori and Fortosi. It’s nice but some “smart” people made a modern one for the cars right next to it! Try to forget this and walk around the area. Say hello to the people that do canoe at Arahthos river before you...more
Because of the mountains and the rivers you have many choices.
You can try rafting and cayak in the rivers Arachthos and Kaliritikos.
You can do hike walk (path T2 through Markopulo forest or path T1 towards Kalarites and Sirako)
You can climb the mountains like Stroggula (2000m), do mountain bike up to the monastery ogf Agia Paraskevi
You can cross the canyon or just as other people do, go to the river for fishing (basically pestrofa)
Whatever you choose ask for info the locals, bring a good map with you and always have a GPS or at least a mobile phone in case something goes wrong
Most of the houses are made by stone like in all villages of Ioannina and Epirus in general. It’s the only way they could do it because the whole area of Epirus was full of stones. The builders of Epirus were very famous in the past and they were travelling all over Greece to build houses, bridges and other buildings from stones. They were experts....more