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Wandering in the mountains of Pavliani

Relaxation, wellness, contact with nature and culinary delights; wintertime in the Greek mountains is magnificent.

Wandering in the mountains of Pavliani

Relaxation, wellness, contact with nature and culinary delights; wintertime in the Greek mountains is magnificent.

The fireplaces are lit, the food is simmering in the pot and the day in the villages of Iti goes on with its usual wintertime pace. Slow, peaceful and enjoyable. The area used to be a well-kept secret known only to locals and climbers. In recent years though, thanks to the ease of access from Athens and other cities, it has experienced a mild growth in tourism. The most popular destination is Pavliani. A charming village built of stone and wood. You can find it at an altitude of 1040 metres, buried among fir, chestnut and walnut trees. Around it, within close proximity are also the picturesque villages of Athanasios Diakos, Mavrolithari, Kaloskopi and more. Extending next to Pavliani is the Iti National Park and the wildlife refuge. In the national park, at an altitude of 1,800 metres, are the ruins of a Doric temple. They date back to the 3rd century BC. They dedicated it to Hercules and according to tradition this is the spot where the demigod lost his life in the flames.

Inside Vasilikia Mountain Farm.

> One of the top picks for accommodation in the area is the Vasilikia Mountain Farm, with its beautiful small independent houses. All of them built with natural materials in the alpine landscape offering a cozy atmosphere and discreet luxury. Be sure to climb the 20-metre high observatory made of tree trunks. The view extends from the sea all the way to the peaks and plateaus of the surrounding mountains.

> At the Pavliani forest and recreation park one can walk around the well-built paths, among water springs, small waterfalls, gigantic trees and species of rare mushrooms. You can enjoy the latter – along with less vegan flavours – at the Pavliani tavernas like the famous Litsa (+30 22310 83039) and Katsibas (+30 22310 83004).

Pavliani forest and recreation park
A freshly baked pie at the Katsibas taverna.

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