AREA

The village of Kipi is located in central Zagori. It is one of the 46 villages of Zagorohoria, scattered in the mountain range of Pindos. The word Zagori has a Slavic root meaning the place behind the mountain. They are located in the center of the Vikos-Aoos National Park.

In the area is the deepest gorge of the world in proportion to its width, the gorge of Vikos. The area has rare flora and fauna. It is characterized by unique beauty. The ravine crosses the tributaries of Voidomatis. There are many stone-built incomparable beauty and architectural bridges that connect the villages to each other.

The ravine is an attraction for thousands of tourists every year from the world who can enjoy the magic of nature at any time of the year by hiking, cycling, climbing, rafting, horseback riding and participating in local events.

Apart from the excursions to nature and bridges, the visitor can also visit Lazaridis Folklore Museum in Koukouli, the Folklore Museum of A.Toli in Kipi, the ancient settlement of Molosses in Vitsa, monasteries and churches inextricably linked with the region, which complement the relief of the natural landscape.

HIKING

From Koulouli square we follow the main road to Kipi. Approximately 600 meters, to the left of the road, we find a sign showing the beginning of the path. To facilitate access to it, a small, stone wall has been built. The path moves for the next 15 minutes with easy and gentle slopes in the shade of the trees. At some point on the route and in an opening of the forest, we can see the opposite of the Kipos.

We descend the steep slope that we have before us and we reach the beginning of the ladder. Its stone steps, masterfully constructed, are sloping with successive hairpins on the almost vertical slope and facilitating our arrival. At the end of the ladder we find an intersection. On the left, the path goes to Kapesovo.

For Gardens, continue straight ahead and reach the bridge of Kontodemos or Lazaridis next to the vertical rock. We cross the bridge and go to the central Kipos motorway next to the modern bridge. Following it to the left, at 300 meters we end up in the center of the village.

From the square of Kipi, we follow for about 300 meters the main road to Aspangelous and before the pedestrian bridge, turn right to the stone bridge of Lazaridis that is seen in the background. We pass over the bridge and continue to get to a few minutes at a junction. To the left and up, the path leads to Koukouli.

For Kapesovo we follow the right branch as shown by the billboard. On the right side of the stream, we can see the ruins of the Lazaridis watermill, from which the name of the bridge we just passed came from. Continuing alongside the stream through dense vegetation, we reach a small, stone bridge.

A little further, at the intersection we meet, we leave the stream and turn left into the steep slope. In front of us, we have the most difficult part of the route that is extremely uphill and it raises on the rocky terrain. The difficult hill ends in a beautiful plateau from where we face the opposite slope, the Gardens. From here and for the next half hour, the route becomes very pleasant and moves with a gentle slope under the shade of the oak trees. At the end of this path, the path makes a steep left turn and begins to climb back up the slope, where the forest begins to thin slowly.

In the middle of the uphill, we find the ruins of an old farmhouse, and if we observe the area more closely, we will see the old terraces and the dry stone that retained the vineyards. The uphill course ends at the central highway to Kapesovo, in front of the information sign indicating the beginning of the path. Following 700 meters the road to the right, we reach Kapesovo.

From the square of Kipoi, we follow the main road to Aspangelous. At about 700 meters, we leave the road and turn left to the cobbled path that takes us down to the Kalogerikos bridge (Plakida), down to the Bay of Bass. With the help of the third bridge we pass across, we continue to the right, we pass an old pot without water and we start to climb the slope. At the end of the hill we can take a stop to look back, on the opposite slope, to the panoramic view of the Kipoi.

The trail descends slightly for a while, passes a small stream and starts to climb again. Following this, we enter the forest and arrive at a junction over a characteristic plateau. Here, as the wooden signs tell us, a path is directed to the right, descending to the bridge of Kokkoros.

For Dilofo, we follow the left-hand direction and downhill for a long while until we reach the main asphalt road, opposite the Captain Bear’s monument. We cross the road vertically, pass the monument and reach the Bear Bridge. In front of us we have the toughest point on the way because we have to climb the steep slope without a trail, because it has been lost by intense erosion, and there is also no signage. After gaining a little height, we head to the left in the oak forest where we meet the path with the red mark on the trees.

Continuing in the forest, the slope becomes gentler and we can easily reach a small ravine. Immediately after the ravine we go out into the clearing. We head to the highest point of the clearing, pass a small, stone house and end up in the mural of the village cemetery. Climbing the path that we find in front of us, we turn right on the first cobblestone street, and we reach the central square of Dilofo.

SIGHTS