Summer in Zagori

Zagori might be better known as a winter destination but those that choose the beaches for their summer vacations are missing out a lot: the heat is bearable, the forests are lush, the rivers are refreshingly crystal and the villages are bursting with life: during the summer months expats flock back here. Religious feasts, the famous greek “panigiria” are abound and there seems to be one every other day in one of the villages: celebrating a patron saint, people set up tables for everyone to feast under a centuries – old plane tree. There is folk music and dancing and endless tsipouro (the local spirit) and food and more dancing and more music…

And in between there are parties and music festivals and exhibitions. There’s also swimming: in the crystal clear waters of Voidomatis, the cleanest river in Europe, along its pristine shady banks, or in the amazing Ovires – a series of natural formed stacked pools with fresh running water, tucked in a beautiful ravine just outside Papigo village. And of course there’s hiking, horseback riding, archery, delicious meals, rolling green meadows and the occasional summer storm that makes everything smell fresh and shine bright!