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Wandering in the mountains of Tzoumerka

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

Wandering in the mountains of Tzoumerka

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

In the old days, the stone craftsmen from Pramanta, Sirako, Kalarites and the rest of the Tzoumerka villages would travel far and wide to build. They would build houses, temples, bridges and even palaces. Their craft was unrivaled. So much so, that the Tsar of Russia once called on them to build the stone bridges of the Trans-Siberian Railway. Naturally, the craftsmen would also apply their artistry to their own homes. Centuries later, these mountainous settlements of Epirus still stand as gems of folk architecture. Impressive mountain peaks, dense forests and small rushing streams which join to form the Arachthos river surrounds them. The National Park of Tzoumerka has great ecological value. We also find very old monasteries in the region, like the one of Kipina (1212 AD) which literally hangs over the void. It is tightly wedged into a steep rock.

An elderly shepherd couple at the Pramanta village. © Perikles Merakos

The old monastery of Kipina.

Rafting with Trekking Hellas Tzoumerka.

> The livestock produce of Tzoumerka is the basis for delicious dishes served in restaurants around the various villages. The ones that stand out are the Boutzas meat taverna in Pramanta (+30 26590 61235) and Akanthos, a vintage grocery-taverna in Kalarites (+30 26590 61518).
> In recent years, the mild tourist development has allowed for the creation of stylish hotel units, such as the Orizontes Tzoumerkon. It is situated in a wonderful location just outside Pramanta, offering a discreet luxury and a delectable Epirus-style breakfast
(orizontestzoumerkon.gr).

Traditional dishes at the Boutzas meat taverna in Pramanta.

Napoleon Zaglis is the owner of the grocery-taverna Akanthos in Kalarites.

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