Vikos Things to Do
This time we didn’t walk into the Vikos gorge but we had the chance to have a great view of the gorge from a specific spot in the village.
We walked up the stone alley (pic 1) and we saw the old threshing floor (pic 2) that have been renovated, from this spot you have a magnificent view of the gorge (pic 4), we stood speechless for a while, it’s amazing what mother nature can do...
Vikos gorde is a national treasure because apart from its aesthetic value it is also one of the last refuges of wildlife (many types of eagle, bear, wolf etc) and of course the wild trout at the river Voidomatis.
The gorge is really impressive, it has a length of about 20kilometers (23 with the attach of Vikaki gorge), starts from the village Tsepelovo (near monastery of Rogovou) and you can walk a big part of it. It is one of the largest and deepest in Europe with numerous vertical geological shapes and has an altitude between 550 and 1770 meters with an average depth of about 900meters.
You can also admire the high mountains before you take the new stone alley back to the village (pic 5)Related to:
- National/State Park
- Hiking and Walking
There are not many things to do in the village except going for coffee or lunch at one of the local taverns but as most of the villages we visited the small central square to check the church of Ayios Trifonas.
The church was built in 1871 and supposed to have a nice temple but we couldn’t check inside, it was locked, a local informed me that some people have stolen important paintings the last years.
The church celebrates on February 1st to honor Saint Trifon that lived and martyred in the 3rd century AD, he was from Phrygia (today in central and north part of Turkey), I have seen many images of him in churches holding a trimmer for the vineyards, probably it has to do that he comes from an area full of them during the byzantine empire and his celebration is at the same period with the vine pruning, that’s why he is the patron of winegrowers. It was very common in the rural communities the people to believe in the miraculous abilities of Saint Trifon and asked for his help, I guess older pagan beliefs incorporated into Christianity
So, we took some pictures of the exterior of the church (pics 1-2), some more of the trees of the square(pic 3), we noticed a horse walking around (pic 4) waved goodbye to some tourists at the local tavern (pic 5) and we left the village.Related to:
- Religious Travel
- Historical Travel
0 Hotels in Vikos
This is actually a traditional guesthouse and like any of its kind in the area of Zagori you can also enjoy a coffee.
There is a front yard with some tables where we had some relaxing moments, we were alone listening only to some birds. The owner Ioannis Ntinoulis told us some things about the area while he was preparing the coffee.
We also ordered some spoon sweets (made by local fruits, very typical for the area). He had many but we tried two of them (pic 4) that we really love chestnut and fig (they make it different here than in other areas of Greece)
For 3 double greek coffees and 2 sweets we payed 9,5eurosRelated to:
- Food and Dining
The village is located about 50km away from Ioannina. We drove towards Kalpaki on the main highway (every local will know to tell you about this) and turned right when we saw a sign for Aristi/Papingo, Vikos is 4km after Aristi.
We parked the car at the main square