Tzoumerka – the unknown beauty of the Greek land

Tzoumerka is a mountain range in Northwestern Greece, Epirus. Nature is very wild and the whole area is unspoiled by modern civilization. People visit Tzoumerka for its natural beauty, gorges, rocks, rivers and lakes. It mainly attracts nature lovers and those who adore outdoor activities. On the slopes of Tzoumerka stand its villages. This is where tradition meets history and life away from the stressful cities. Tzoumerka mountain range has entered the European network Natura 2000. Last December we visited Tzoumerka and below are the highlights of our trip.

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Makrinitsa, the Balcony of Pelion

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Makrinitsa village is also known as Pelion‘s Balcony due to its location. This mountainous village’s characteristics are the epitomy of Pelion style architecture: the beautiful cobbled stoned mystical paths, the traditional churches and bridges that send you back in time.   
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Locals successfully managed to preserved its beauty and charm through the years and you are really going to be amazed by the architecture of the stoned built mansions and houses, that look like a piece of art hanging on the mountain.  
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One of the village’s most popular places is the main square. The panoramic views towards the Pagasitic Gulf are just impressive day or night. It is the ideal place to treat yourself with a nice meal or coffee.  Tip: The guesthouses in the village have kept the traditional architecture inside out. Most of them have rooms with fireplaces, and offer breakfast made of local products to make your stay unforgettable. 
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Fidakia, a car-free traditional village with exceptional views

Photo By ergasiakadikaiomata Traditional architecture and green firs make the village of Fidakia in Evritania really beautiful. Its view at Kremaston Lake though makes this village extraordinary.  
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Covered in snow, this is an ideal winter resort with loads of guest houses and hotels to chose from. The best thing about this village is that use of cars is not allowed. So leave your car and start walking on the alleys, the square and admire the beautifully decorated courtyards. You will also find traditional cafes, tavernas with delicious homemade food and shops that sell local  meat products such as sausages and prosciutto.

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Tip: The locals are very welcome. Once you start a conversation with them at the tavernas, the main square or a cafe, you will get to know more things about this place than you have ever imagined. Find accommodation near Fidakia with Booking.Com

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