The villages of Zagoria

From the Slavic word meaning “behind the mountains,” Zagoria constitute a unique residential, historical and cultural unity of 46 villages north of the basin of Ioannina. They are located between  Gamila and Mitsikeli Mountains as well as the Aoos River, part of the massive Pindus Mountain Range that stretches from North-West  to Central Greece. They are  geographically  divided into three sections: the Central, West and East Zagori with twenty, ten and sixteen villages respectively. Many rivers flow through the Pindus Mountains and in spring, the melting snow makes them dangerous to cross. Bridges were essential for keeping trade routes open

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