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It is a woody area with grassland, near the Bourazani bridge and the Molyvdoskepasti monastery.

Agia Anastassia Community

Tel: +30 26510 84701

Agia Marina Community

Tel: +30 26650 24413

  One of the biggest villages of the area with dense forests and beautiful view. The residents are occupied with wood - cutting and cattle-breeding. There are several churches and chapels. On the 26th of July, St.Paraskevi's name day, the village has its traditional festivities.

This text is cited June 2003 from the Municipality of Konitsa URL below.

  It is located at the Albanian borders and has forrests with ideal climate for the summer. Sarantaporos river flows under the village and disappears after a small route to Albania. Every first Sunday after the 15th of August, the fraternity of St.Varvara revive the old custom of "Kazani" (dixie). At the village square, is realized a feast with live traditional music and food from the dixie.

This text is cited June 2003 from the Municipality of Konitsa URL below.

Aidonochori Community

Tel: +30 26550 61326
  Being built at a high altitude with an outlook over Aoos and Sarantaporos river and with rich vegetation, Aidonohori looks like a painting. In the past, it had beautiful and big houses but they were burned during the second world war. In short distance outside the village it is still preserved the Archangels Monastery of Goura, built in a roch, where there is also the children camping area of Holy Metropolis for Driinoupoli - Pogoniani and Konitsa. It is worth visiting the traditional water mill near Bourazani bridge.

Amarados Community

Tel: +30 26550 22257
  On a piney slope, Amarantos with its wild and fresh landscape is one of the idealest villages for summer resort. With its famous steam baths, it attracts many visitors in the summer. The baths, that contain radium, are quite therapeutic for many diseases, especially rheumatic and sciatic. The stone bridge was built in 1862.

Ambelia Community

Tel: +30 26510 91452

Ammoudia Community

Tel: +30 26840 41390

  Armata is located at the foot of Smolikas mountain and offer dense forests and many waters. It is a village with rich woodcutting and the only one that disposes a water saw that servers the area. In the past, there have been located deposits of copper and other minerals that remain until now deep inside the earth. The most remarkable monument is the Church of St. Nikolas with interesting wall paintings.

This text is cited June 2003 from the Municipality of Konitsa URL below.

Assimochori Community

Tel: +30 26550 31597

Asvestochori Community

Tel: +30 26510 51132

Athamani Community

Tel: +30 26850 22988, 22685

Chimadio Community

Tel: +30 26820 56450

Chionades Community

Tel: +30 26550 31169

Dramessi Community

Tel: +30 26510 82069

Drossopigi Community

Tel: +30 26550 81252

Eklissies Community

Tel: +30 26840 24600

  After 22 km route from Konitsa we reach Elefthero. Pretty village with running waters, water mills and many "kiparia - small gardens", where grow delicious butter beans and tasty potatoes. Above the village rises one of the summits, called "Kleftis - thief", of Smolikas mountain, second biggest mountain in Greece.

This text is cited June 2003 from the Municipality of Konitsa URL below.

  Epirus occupies the N.W. corner of the Greek peninsula, to the South of Albania and is the most mountainous region in Greece. The skyline of the Pindus range forms the natural eastern boundary of the area, separating it from but also linking it with other sections of the country. Beyond the Pindus range lie scores of other large and small mountains, scattered all over the district and leaving only very few plains. To the West stretches the vast expanse of the Ionian Sea with its attractive beaches, lagoons, and river estuaries where thousands of waterfowl thrive.
  Although large portions of Epirus have suffered denudation at the hands of mankind, others remain thickly wooded. In fact, some of the largest and most beautiful forests in Greece are to be found in Epirus. The Black Pine (Pinus Nigra) is predominant as well as dessiduous trees, such as beech and oak, while the higher peaks are clad in the famous Rombola tree, a form of pine peculiar to the Balkan peninsula. The variety of wild flowers which grow in Epirus runs into thousands. Some are quite impressive in appearance, such as the Lilium Candidum or Wild Virgin Lilly as it is called in Greek, the Albanian Lilly the "Poet's Narcissus", Ramonda Serbica and many others.
  The fauna is as impressive as the flora and includes, bears, wild boar, wild cat, wild goat and the almost unknown Rissos quadruped plus a number of birds of prey and waterfowl.
  Well preserved traditional settlements in Epirus, in their unique local style, serve as live museums of the recent phases in the area's history, covering the years of Ottoman rule and more recent times. When the Turks overran Epirus in the 15th century, certain mountainous districts managed to ensure for themselves a degree of self-rule. This enabled both their economy and culture to flourish. Architecture, especially, made great strides with the construction of large private mansions, schools, churches, bridges and roads. The arts flourished with a continuation of the genuine Byzantine style of painting, untouched by any western influence. Woodcarving attained a high artistic standard as seen on elaborately carved altar screens which, today, form unique examples of popular culture.
  The outstanding feature of these traditional settlements in Epirus is the local grey stone out of which they are built. It is a form of slate found in successive layers of varying thickness. Quarrying and chiseling it is easy, and it is therefore used, not only for building the walls of houses but also for enclosures, floors, courtyards and roofs. In this manner, an entire village blends in with the surrounding rocks and forests in an unbroken entity.
  During the years of Ottoman rule, the arts and crafts flourished in all forms. Many of the villages such as Sirako, Kalarites, Metsovo, Hionades and the capital, Ioannina itself, grew into noteworthy artistic centres with brisk activity in the establishments of goldsmiths and silversmiths, in gold embroidery, woven fabrics, woodcarving, etc. These traditional arts and crafts have carried through to the present day, especially at Ioannina and Metsovo where several notable mastercraftsmen are to be seen in their workshops.
  On various dates each summer, village fairs are held all over Epirus. A point is made on these occasions to revive and observe old customs, folk dances and folk songs, of which there is an extensive repertoire. The best known celebration is that of Agia Paraskevi (26th July) which takes place at Metsovo. At this celebration, the inhabitants have to dance in their local national costume. For those interested in ancient drama, there are the theatrical presentations during the Dodoni Festival which takes place in the open-air ancient theatre of Dodoni.
(text: G.SFIKAS)
This text (extract) is cited June 2003 from the Greek National Tourism Organization tourist pamphlet (1988).

  The village is located 10 km from Konitsa. It is built amphitheatrically within thick and large expanses of oak trees and shrubs. Zelista has a unique view over the valley of Sarantaporos and the high mountain Koukos.

This text is cited June 2003 from the Municipality of Konitsa URL below.

  Ganadio is one of the most beautiful traditional hamlets in the area. Being built through greenery surroundigns, it is famous for its mansion and the hospitality of its residents. On the 8th of November, the local fraternity "The St. Archangels" realize a religious festival and feast at its picturesque square where is the church of St. Archangels built in 1870. In the village, there are also water mills but they are not in operation today.

This text is cited June 2003 from the Municipality of Konitsa URL below.

Gorgopotamos Community

Tel: +30 26550 31128

  West and opposite Konitsa is found Eliorachi. As its name implies - sunny slope, Eliorachi has fertile fields in the valley of Konitsa as well as a magic view. Opposite the village towards Konitsa lies the chapel of St. Nikolaos since the 15th century, which is worth visiting.

This text is cited June 2003 from the Municipality of Konitsa URL below.

Kalithea Community

Tel: +30 26550 22520
Kallithea lies 11 km southwest of Konitsa. As its name implies, the village offers a panoramic view. The old name was Goritsa. Live village whose residents are occupied with agricultural and cattle - breeding activities. Thanks to their work, the remaining region and Ioannina city can enjoy the famous aromatic peaches and melons that can be found in abundance by the national road in the summer.

  Small hamlet of Melissopetra. At its foot lies the green valley and next to it flows Sarantaporos river which is the natural border with the Albanian hills. Before this hamlet we meet Mertziani bridge demolished since the second world war. This bridge used to join Greece and Albania. Outside the hamlet it is still preserved the pretty monastery of St. Nikolas dated from the 16th century.

This text is cited June 2003 from the Municipality of Konitsa URL below.

Kamarina Community

Tel: +30 26820 51330

Kastania Community

Tel: +30 26550 31110

  Few kilometers after Eliorachi, Kavasila comes up through arbutus overgrown hillocks. The village is famous for its baths, special for skin affections. Between the village and the baths stands the Monastery of Holy Mother with interesting wall paintings.

This text is cited June 2003 from the Municipality of Konitsa URL below.

Klidonia Community

Tel: +30 26550 22193
  Klidonia is an agricultural village near Voidomatis river. It is 15km away from Konitsa and from its old stone bridge begins a lovely path through Voidomatis gorge. On the south bank of Voidomatis river, in short distance above the stone bridge, there is the paleolithic rock shelter of Boila. It is quite interesting though to visit the old village, Ano Klidonia, that is characterized by rich history and many post - byzantine monuments. After the war, the old vilage had been abandoned by its residents, but it has recently started slowly to liven up thanks to the opening of roads and the construction of houses for hosting visitors. The view from Ano Klidonia composes a multicoloured painting whose background is the skyline and the plain of Klidonia and Konitsa. There are also in Ano Klidonia churches and monasteries dated from the 17th and 18th century with remarkable wall paintings.

  The town of Konitsa spreads at the hill of Trapezitsa mountain and lies at the the height of 600m approximately. As far as the bottom of the hill of Konitsa is extended the plain of Konitsa and Klidonia.
  This plain is the meeting point of three rivers: Sarantaporos, Aoos and Voidomatis. The area is bordered by the mass volumes of the mountains Grammos on the north, Smolikas on the east, Gamila on the south and Camenic and Nemertzika on the west.
  The morphology of the ground as well as the hydrography of the area form four natural ranges: a. the valley of Sarantaporos (on the north), b. the valley of Aoos (on the east), c. the basin of Konitsa (on the south), d. the alpine zone.
  Regarding the origin of the name of Konitsa, there are various assumptions. According to the tradition, the town of Konitsa is built on the ancient Konissos. The historian from Epirus, P. Aravantinos, assumes that the name of the area comes from the name of the ancient town Knossos that was gradually developed into Konitsa. Also, the traveler Poukevil considers that this name comes from the slavic name, Konitza, which means horses place. According to another legend, the nobleman Koni had built a castle whose ruins lie above the chapel of St.Varvara. So, the town might have taken its name by this nobleman.

This text is cited June 2003 from the Municipality of Konitsa URL below, which contains image.

Kosmira Community

Tel: +30 26510 92042

Kostaniani Community

Tel: +30 26510 84650

Koukoulia Community

Tel: +30 26850 51453

Kryopigi Community

Tel: +30 26820 91611

Lagada Community

Tel: +30 26550 31406

Manoliassa Community

Tel: +30 26510 82562

Mandio Community

Tel: +30 26510 82471

  Two fertile villages that are crossed by the asphalted road and enjoy plenty of sun as they lie at the slope of a low hill range. Their residents are occupied with agriculture at their fertile fields being watered by Aoos river as well as with cattle - breeding.

This text is cited June 2003 from the Municipality of Konitsa URL below.

Melingi Community

Tel: +30 26510 82561

  Near Bourazani above Aoos river Melisopetra outstretches gradually at the slope of a retaining hill. In front of the village rests the river that extend all over the plain forming charming banks under the shadow of plane - trees.

This text is cited June 2003 from the Municipality of Konitsa URL below.

  It is the central village of the formely community that included also the two neighboring villages of Ganadio and Monastiri. Old houses being recently renovated offer a beautiful outlook to the visitor, not to omit of course the church of St. Nikolas with its beautiful roofed verandah.

This text is cited June 2003 from the Municipality of Konitsa URL below.

Molyvdoskepastos Community

Tel: +30 26550 24182
  At a gorgeous location near springs and outstanding view to today "Molivi", Molivdoskepasti is what has been left from the old byzantine city of Dipalitsa. Apart from the Monastery of Holy Mother of Molivdoskepasti that is open all year around, there have been saved inside and outside the village near Aoos river old churches and ruins of houses that proclaim the rich history of this place. The old town had been destroyed according to the tradition by the first crusaders. But, also, later this town being at the crossing of the path for many nations was subject to destructions due to the frequent raids. Today, Molivdoskepasti is a peaceful and beautiful border village, that outlooks over Aoos and Sarantaporos valleys. It is one of the villages that history has left its own tracks. Some of the numerous remarkable byzantine monuments of the village are the parish church of St. Apostles dated from 1537 and the erected churches of St. Dimitrios (13th century) and St. Sozonta (16th century).

Traditional village with picturesque houses and several churches. Significant monument is the monastery devoted to the Presentation of Virgin Mary where it is saved the historic icon of Virgin Mary.

Monastery of Kato Panagia

Tel: +30 26810 27660, 24829
  The church is a three-aisled basilica with a transverse barrel-vault. The east side ends in three semi-hexagonal apses while a narthex was later added to the west. The walls are adorned on the outside with a great variety of brick and tile decoration, including an inscription inset in a brick. The interior is richly decorated with wall paintings dated to the 18th century.
  The monastery was built in the 13th century, by Michael Doukas Comnenos, the Despot of Epiros. In the period of the Turkish occupation it was renamed to "Panagia tis Vryseos" (Holy Virgin of the spring), because it was located near a spring. In the sigillium of Patriarch Jeremian II (1591) it is mentioned that the Paregoritissa Monastery became the metochion (dependence) of the Monastery of Kato Panaghia.
  The roof and the windows of the north and south sides were reconstructed in 1969. The restoration of the wall paintings began in 1994, and in 1995 the roof was replaced and the wall masonry was consolidated. The restoration work is still in progress. The monument is now used as a convent for nuns.

Myrsini Community

Tel: +30 26820 54060

Nea Sampsous Community

Tel: +30 26820 51368

Nea Sinopi Community

Tel: +30 26820 52310

Bizani Community

Tel: +30 26510 92225

  Opossite Trapeza on the other side of the road we face the chapel of St.Nikanora built on a high rock. This chapel gave its name to the village that looks like the Greek town Meteora. The festivities take place the village is on the 7th of August, name day of St.Nikanoras.

This text is cited June 2003 from the Municipality of Konitsa URL below.

  Village with fresh waters and good climate for vacations. It lies at the foothill of Smolikas and outlooks over Gamila mountain range. From this point forward, the copper deposits start. The village's sight is the "petrini gria - stone old woman" which is a rock that looks like an old woman from the village. Other places to visit include churches and many water mills.

This text is cited June 2003 from the Municipality of Konitsa URL below.

Paleoseli Community

Tel: +30 26550 24682
  It stands next to Elefthero. From this village forward begin the Vlachohoria that have common customs and celebrate with festivities on the 15th of August. There is an old church of St. Paraskevi (1864) with a beautiful temple and icons. The church has gradually over the years leaned to the ground due to landslides but it stands stable at its position for many years. The village is quite cool all year around as a result of its high altitude, the cold waters and the vendurous surroundings.

PARGA (Municipality) EPIRUS
  The Municipality of Parga belongs to the prefecture of Preveza and is situated in north west Epirus, near the Acheron river, Igoumenitsa and faces the picturesque islands of Paxos and Antipaxos. The capital of the municipality is in the city of Parga, where most activities are take place. It is the administrative, economic commercial and cultural center of the district. Beyond the town of Parga within a range of 4 - 5 Km, many facilities for the satisfaction of visitors' needs exist. These are mainly: hotels, lodges, restaurants, clubs, etc. This small town is considered as a respectable tourist center of Epirus. Its infrastructure can satisfy a large influx of visitors during peak season. Parga with her port and olive plantations A view from the top of the castle of Parga is built on the edge of the Venetian Castle. Was definitely influenced by the architecture of the Ionian Islands. One can distinguish old "archondika" (traditional mansions), traditional narrow roads (kantounia) and alleys flooded with color. This beauty is distinct and attracts visitors from Greece and abroad. Parga became a prefecture in 1947 and was declared a tourist region in 1962. Today the Municipality consists of the districts of: Anthousa, Agia, Livadari and boarders with the community of Perdika and the Municipality of Margariti.

This text is cited Mar 2003 from the Municipality of Parga URL below, which contains images.

Pigi Community

Tel: +30 26550 22960
It is 7 km away from Konitsa and represents an ideal place for vacations because of its cool waters and the fresh air. Although it is not at a high altitude, it is quite picturesque because it is surrounded by a divine pine forrest. Its residents are occupied with woodcutting and crafts. It is worth visiting the churches of St. George and St. Panteleimon.

Plessio Community

Tel: +30 26640 23073

Plikati Community

Tel: +30 26550 31285

Polygyros Community

Tel: +30 26510 84260

Pournia Community

Tel: +30 26550 24159
  Beautiful village with cold waters and beach and pine forrests around. A quite impressive sight in Pournia is the bridge of Mavri Petra that shows how nature and human worked together in order to impress the visitor with a unique composition. The huge steep rock where is imprinted the wall painting of Pantokratoras, the stone bridge with the impressive arch, the icon, the fountain, the half demolished mill, all compose a gorgeous painting.

  The name Preveza is first mentioned in the Chronicle of the Morea in 1292. Created towards the end of the eleventh century, following the desertion of ancient Nikopolis, the city was conquered several times in the course of its turbulent history: by Visigoths, Goths, Bulgars, Turks, Venetians and French. It was liberated on 12 October 1912 and incorporated within the Greek state.
  Preveza lies 370 km northwest of Athens (via Rhion-Antirrhion) and has a population of 20,000. It is located in the southernmost tip of the prefecture on a small peninsula at the narrow entrance to the Ambracian Gulf, opposite Aktion (ancient Actium). The city’s markedly island (Heptanesian) character, so fascinating for the visitor, is due to the fact that it is washed on three sides by the sea. Traditional buildings dominate the waterfront of the harbour, while quaint old houses, narrow streets, local tavernas and coffee-shops compose its tranquil interior.
This text (extract) is cited July 2003 from the Prefecture of Preveza tourist pamphlet (1996).

Picturesque village with magic view over Sarantaporos. Having rich vegetation that takes a unique colouring in autumn, Pyrgos is an ideal place for trips all the seasons of the year.

Towards the borders, near Exohi, isolated and deep in dense vegetation appears Pixaria. It is one of the main hunting places in the area and every winter attracts a lot of wild boar hunters.

Riza Community

Tel: +30 26820 56325

Sideri Community

Tel: +30 26640 23577

Syvota Community

Tel: +30 26650 93130

  Going along the national road Konitsa-Kozani and at the 10th km we meet on the left the small village Trapeza. It is built on a trapezoidal ledge in the middle of a green background of oak trees and with a nice view.

This text is cited June 2003 from the Municipality of Konitsa URL below.

Tsamantas Community

Tel: +30 26640 41548

Vourbiani Community

Tel: +30 26550 31115

Vrachos Community

Tel: +30 26820 56410

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