GREECE: Zagori, north Pindus mountains
28 images Created 10 Apr 2012
View Tom Dempsey's images of trekking in the mountains and towns of Zagori in the north Pindus (or Pindos) mountains, near Ioannina in northern Greece (on the border of Albania). Zagori contains 45 villages collectively known as Zagoria (Zagorochoria or Zagorohoria). In May 2001, we were exhilarated by large expanses of purple crocus and a variety of other wildflowers in peak bloom on the Tymfi Massif. We hiked the spectacular Vikos Gorge, the world’s deepest canyon in proportion to its width. Limestone rock towers rise impressively thousands of feet above the traditional slate houses of Vikos and Micro Papingo. Mountain inaccessibility helped preserve local culture. Visit Kalogeriko triple-arch stone bridge, 300 years old, near Kipi. A metallic green beetle contrasted brightly with a magenta thistle.