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Guide to Metsovo

Metsovo, built on the slopes of Mount Pindos, is the birthplace of many important men and great national benefactors (Averof, Tositsas, Stournaris, etc.). Today it is a developing tourist resort, keeping alive its local traditions and customs, a rich musical heritage and the local (Vlach) dialect. It is renowned for its stone mansion houses and traditional products (wine, cheese, wood-carvings and textiles). In the town, it is worth paying a visit to the Folklore Museum housed in the Tositsas Mansion, the Averof Art Gallery, the church of Agia Paraskevi, the Averofios Garden, the Tositsas Dairy Foundation, the ‘Katogi’ winery, the Tsanaka house and the monasteries of Agios Nikolaos and the Dormition (Koimiseos Theotokou).

The Valia-Kalda Park, part of the National Park of Northern Pindos is known for its microclimate and rich flora, especially the forest of fir, Bosnian pine, black pine and beech trees. Here lies the beating heart of northern Pindos. The region is considered to be one of the most remarkable areas in Europe in terms of its natural wealth, and it has been included on the list of the 12 most environmentally sensitive areas in the world. It is the favourite refuge for the brown bear, as well as many species of rare mammals and birds. There is a National Park Information Centre operating in Metsovo.

On the Politses Plateau, the beautiful artificial lake at the springs of the Aoos River with its small forested fjords and tiny islands creates a beautiful mountain landscape. In Anthochori, you can visit the Monastery of Zoodochos Pigi at Kokkino Lithari, which was established in the 17th century, as well as the Open-air Water Power Museum, where you can see restored watermills and fulling mills, and ‘mantania’ (artificial water-powered mechanisms used for washing heavy wool rugs etc.).

There are two ski resorts in the region, one in Anilio (which opened in 2012 and is the newest ski resort in Greece) and the other is the Profitis Ilias Ski Centre. They feature all modern amenities, and you can enjoy skiing, snowboarding, sledding and other winter sports. Visitors can also go ice-skating at the brand-new rink in Metsovo, and the only rink in the wider area. Signposted trails offer perfect opportunities to go mountain hiking, horse riding and cycling. At Mavrovouni, the Flegga lakes at altitudes of 1960m and 1940m are popular destinations, and there is a also a mountain lodge.

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Monastery of Agios Nikolaos of Metsovo

Built to the southwest of Metsovo, near the bank of Metsovitikos river, the monastery of Agios Nikolaos was one of the most important monasteries in the region. It was founded in the Byzantine era, as the monastery and its abbot, Isaiah, was for the first time mentioned in the 14th century.

Monastery of the Assumption (Koimisis Theotokou)

The Monastery of the Assumption is located on the eastern outskirts of Metsovo in the upper valley of the Metsovitikos River. It was built in 1754. The building complex consists of two-storey cells, hostels, and paved courtyards. The monastery is fully decorated with frescoes of the 17th century. The belfry is wooden from the middle of the building and upwards. According to oral tradition, the bell was manufactured in Ioannina in 1870.

Aoos Springs Lake

The artificial lake of Aoos’ river springs constitute an important natural habitat (biotope) in the "Politsa" plateau. Verdant banks surround the artificial lake of Aoos’ river springs, creating an amazing scenery. The lake was created through the construction of a hydroelectric dam.

Winery "Katogi Averoff"

Metsovo produced one of the most famous wines of Greece, the ""Katogi Averoff"". Local winery was known long ago, but recently revived by Evangelos Averoff-Tossizza, when he discovered in an old ledger of 1723 that the vineyards of Metsovo produced 50,000 bottles of wine. After the 1950, he revived the ""Yiniets"" vineyard, planting Greece’s first Cabernet Sauvignon vines.

Mountain Biking at the Aoos Lake

A mountain bike can get you initiated to the wildlife secrets of the most beautiful forests of the region around the Aoos Lake. The cycling tour around the lake offers unique capabilities for ecological guidance. Through the 32km route we find rich fauna and flora which includes old pine trees, imperial eagles and bears, medicinal plants and mushrooms of the region.

Profitis Ilias Ski Center

The Profitis Ilias Ski center - Politsies is set on the southeastern corner of the plateau of ""Politsas"", as it is widely known. It is located just 4km away from the town of Metsovo and it has easy slopes of short length. Its altitude ranges from 1360m to 1620m with a total area of 25 km south, spreading in the foothills of the Sierra Maurovouni / Flegga (2160 m). Visitors use three sliding lifts (plate or anchor) to reach the ski tracks on 700 m, 550 m and 150 m.

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Epirus manages to be a one-of-a-kind destination: an enviable combination of cultures and traditions, with a natural environment unique in Greece, and it never fails to surprise and delight its visitors. Epirus is located in the north-west corner of Greece and is an ideal travel destination all year round.

Hotel Victoria
Hotel Asteri
HOTEL APOSTOLOS
  • Metsovo
  • Class: 2**
  • Owner : Κonstantinos- Αpostolos Σ & Georgia Siafa
  • Tel: 2656041534
Hotel Apollon
  • Metsovo
  • Class: 2**
  • Owner: Αpollon
  • Tel: 26560-41844
Hotel Adonis
Katogi Averoff Hotel & Winery
Egnatia
Diaselo
  • Metsovo
  • Class: 4****
  • Owner : Μich.Τositsas
  • Tel: 2656041770
Aroma Dryos Design Hotel
La Munte
Hotel Floka
HOTEL OLYMPIC
  • Αverof, Μetsovo 442 00, Greece
  • Class: 2**
  • Owner : Ζouvgias Theodoros
  • Tel: 265604133
Hotel Bitounis
  • Metsovo
  • Class: 2**
  • Owner : Bitounis
  • Tel: 2656041545
Hotel Maria
HOTEL KASSAROS
  • Petridi, Μetsovo 442 00, Greece
  • Class: 2**
  • Tel: 2656041800
  • Email: hotel@kassaros.gr
Galaxia Hotel
  • Αverof, Μetsovo 442 00, Greece
  • Class: 2**
  • Owner:Εxoraistikos Syllogos Metsovou
  • Tel: 2656041202
  • Email: galaxias.hotel@gmail.com
Αrchodiko Metsovou
Αnax Hotel
  • Metsovo
  • Class: 2**
  • Owner : Todis Ioannis
  • Tel: 26560-42003
Acropolis
  • Agias Triados 22, Metsovo
  • Class: 1*
  • Owner: Giorgos Kiouras
  • Tel: 26560-41672
Εgnatia Hotel
  • Milia, Metsovo
  • Class: 2**
  • Owner : Κiofos Ζisis -Κassi Ιoanna & Εleni
  • Tel: 2656061346

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