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Introduction

Epirus occupies Greece’s north-western corner and is spectacularly beautiful. Largely mountainous, with three peaks of 2500m plus, it is (once away from the coast) one of Greece’s most remote regions, and centuries-old traditions, fast-vanishing in many other areas, still lourish here.

The Epirot coast is featured elsewhere in this brochure, in the form of Parga and Sivota. But the heart of this fascinating area is inland. Here are the mighty peaks of the Pindos, forests, rivers, lakes, gorges, meadows, preserved stone villages, some 1700 species of flora, and a wildlife which includes wolves and bears. The Vlach shepherds in the high Pindos still speak a form of Latin.

 

The capital of the region is the high lakeside town of Ioannina. Under Ottoman rule until less than a century ago, it has retained a flavour of the east. Above Ioannina, the large village of Metsovo straddles the mountain pass between Epirus and Thessaly, en route to the Meteora. You could be in the Alps here, and is a good place to buy mountain herbs and honey.

To the north of Ioannina is the region called Zagori, a National Park covering an area of over 1000 sq kms. The villages  here are famous throughout Greece – some 46 preserved stone settlements with a stunning mountain backdrop. Micro Papingo shelters below a dramatic craggy outcrop. It is a fabulous base for hiking. Not far away is the Vikos Gorge, one of the longest in Europe and which certainly rivals more famous Samaria (and is considerably less busy).

It is also easy to combine Epirus with a week or two by the sea in Lefkas, Meganissi, Parga or Sivota, or even a sailing holiday – please call for a costing.

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Epirus Holiday Ideas

This unusual and little-known area can be combined with a holiday in Parga, Sivota or Lefkas or as part of a Hidden Greece fly-drive.

Inland Epirus is one of Europe’s prime areas of outstanding natural beauty. With mountains, lakes, gorges, preserved stone villages and a unique flora and fauna it is one of Greece’s best-kept secrets. For those with a car, it is a 2-3 hour drive from your resort area by the sea to the Zagoria national park. We can prebook a small mountain village hotel either for a few nights during your main holiday (from c £40 per person per night BB) or for your second week (from c £300 pp including car).

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Those of our clients who have, over the last 20 or so years, visited Tolon in the Peloponnese will know Jackie; our very knowledgeable and passionate representative. Having decided to return to the UK, she has joined our reservations team and, needless to say, knows Tolon, a resort we have featured since 1973, inside out. It will come as no surprise to know that the Peloponnese is her favourite region in Greece.

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