The first route includes Valia Calda or otherwise a warm valley, which is located in the heart of the National Park of Pindos. A path through forests with huge pines and rocks, many streams with crystal clear waters.
There you will reach after passing the village of Perivoli and take the road to Vovousa, where you will come across a sign that directs you to the left towards National Park. In a short while you reach the Cross of the Cross. There if you want to leave the car and walk pedestrians or continue with it if it is 4×4. Both roads lead to Arkoudorema. At the end of the dirt road there is a right path leading to the waterfalls and continuing after 3 hours of climbing you reach the Flega lakes. Special tours in the area require knowledge of the area or driver and naturally 4×4.
Taking the way back you can visit the village of Perivoli for food or coffee. Perched at 1380 m, th. Ziakas. In the square of the village dominates the church of Agios Georgios, built around 1770. Its iconostasis is wood-carved, icons and hagiographies of the time are preserved, as well as the gospel (1500 BC). The inhabitants tell that when the Germans burnt the village , the church was the only one not burned.
It is also worth visiting the church of Agios Nikolaos, a 13th century building that used to be a monastery until the Balkan wars with magnificent frescoes. It is located on the way from our hotel to Perivoli on the left.
It is the village of Avdella. One of the most beautiful villages of the Prefecture, with the paved square with the old huge plane trees. Avdella fills the summer in the summer (3000 people) The village is known by the reference which is made in the film by Th. Angelopoulos “the look of Odysseus”, about the brothers Manaki – the first Greek filmmakers to come from here.
The church of the Virgin Mary is located in the central square, east of the village at an altitude of 1700 m with amazing view of the church of Sotiros (1900 AD), in the forest of Avdella is the church of Aghia Triada, where tradition was running the hidden school.
The forest that covers the region consists of Pefki, robole, fir Oxia, oak The Smyxian stream that flows from Vasilitsa and ends in Venetiko, passes for about 3 km from the periphery of Avdella and is enriched by the waters of the surrounding springs, as is the “fans” and “Galani”.
The village of Spiloio is the first destination on this route, built at an altitude of 980 m on the southern peak of Mount Orliaka under the Stavros peak. Two rivers from the west of Perivoliotikos and Smixiotikos in the east are united under a steep but terrible beauty rock and create Venice the main tributary of Aliakmon.
The location that is built in the village is of unprecedented beauty with immense views. Occasionally random archaeological finds give the village a history of existence for more than millennia.
The Cave participated in the liberation struggles culminating in the battle that the chieftain of Th.Ziakas gave in Cave in 1854.
Of course, the visit to the monastery of Panagia Spileiotisa is necessary to admire the remarkable hagiographies and the architecture of the church. It was founded in 1633 and had a hiding place where there were several heirlooms. There was a hidden school there, but in the later years there was the school of the village. It was destroyed by a fire before 1940 and only the church was rescued.
Southwest is the gorge of Portitsa with its multiphotographed Bridge, has a height of about 300 m and the wild beauty fascinates it. The Perivolitic River passes through it. Friends of the hiking will be tested during the summer in the passage of the gorge (a route including swimming), downhill and climbing to the old cobbled path that leads to the gorge from the village and the many paths of Orliaca, the most ancient mountain geologists of Greece .
To the east of the village is the gorge of Liatisa, which has the same beauty but is difficult to access. The river Smyxian (Velonias) passes through it. There are two stone bridges of Katsogiannis and Liatisas (of Kleftis).
Afterwards, you can visit the village of Ziaka with its bridge and then head for the villages of Trikomos – Monachitis, where you will find the bridge of Azizia, which is the highest of Macedonia.
Four stone bridges, many villages of particular interest, make up the third route. Dotsikos is the village that you must visit to admire the beautiful square and walk to its one-arched bridge.
The beautiful natural environment in Messolouri gathers more and more fans, who glide in the summer forests. The area is offered for all-wheel drive and hiking in many paths. Kalloni, as its name is one of the most beautiful and picturesque villages Prefecture. The houses are stone, two-storey and three-storey built by local artisans. The village streets are paved and most of the village is green. The village was burned in the 18th century by the Turks but was soon rebuilt. Inside the village is the temple Panagia is quite old with its characteristic source of waterfall, which, according to the inhabitants, its water is holy and miraculous. Also worth mentioning are the church of St. Nicholas and the Prophet Elias.
Visit to the Palaeontological Museum in Milia, Grevena, a few kilometers outside Grevena on the old road to Kozani, to admire prehistoric elephants and finds dating back many centuries ago. Visiting old Milia, with old stone houses.
In the limits of N. Grevena – Kozani lies the village of Kivotos. One of the quite refugee villages of the prefecture, where from 17/5/2009 began the thermal springs of Ark, which belong to the category of hydrosulphur sources, suitable for dermatopathies and rheumatism.
Continue returning to the city and taking the road to Deskati, before going to Deskati turn from the village of Panagia, and 11 km of asphalt road will take you to Zaboria, the holy monastery of Hosios Nikanoras
The holiness of the miraculous Ossios Nianoras (1491-1549) who renounced his monsters and his birthday in Thessaloniki to come to the Mount Kallistratos, became known very quickly in Western Macedonia, and from the time when a multitude of Christians lived, a hospitable monastery he built himself, as he wrote in the vault of “many times” in 1534. . Leave the car in the Monk’s parking lot and after a 15-minute walk from the back of the monastery, you reach the ascius of Osio Nicanora. If desired, you can continue your journey to Deskati the second in a population after the Grevena town of the Prefecture, with many traditional, cheese products.
The road to Metsovo from Vovousa is a unique route, surrounded by pine forests and large meadows with ferns and greenery. After passing Vovousa with the stone bridge in the village, a few kilometers after Flambouri, your left is the road will take you to Metsovo next to the Aoos lakes. If you are willing to make a small detour on your trip. Turn left for lakes, but move about 200 m to the junction and head right to Monastery of the Virgin Mary or Voutsas Monastery, where a pleasant surprise will be to you A well preserved monastery, with various animals and birds, with a small artificial pond, several acres of vineyards, next to the river. Inside the monastery there is a Byzantine church dating back to about 670 AD, it is said to be the most ancient of Epirus and was built by the Byzantine Emperor Konstantinos Pogonato.
After your visit to Metsovo you can return to Grevena via the Egnatia road if it takes you in the evening or you can choose the old road from Krania. For those of you 4×4 a good choice is to get from Krania to the road to Miklilivados and from here by dirt road you will reach Ag. Nikolaos about 7 km from the hotel, on the road to Perivoli. The route is fantastic and the view will compensate you. The road needs attention, everything is in the program in this (fortunately still) wild region.
You came to Grevena and you will definitely want to visit the crowded Samarina. We therefore suggest a pleasant journey. The first destination is Smixi, with the beautiful square and the glory. Smixi was not always in the place it is today, but was created by the union of two settlements of Bilga and Pinakades who were plagued by malaria. So the new village was named Smixi. Today, many traditional stone houses are preserved, just like the stone school of 1933. The churches of Smixi attract many visitors, as well as a great history. The church of Aghios Athanassios according to tradition is the first church that was built after the village was completed. It is located in a beautiful dense forest of beech and pine trees. It was originally built in the land, from the fear of the all-religious Turks and Albanians.
In 1760 the surrounding dirt was removed and the temple turned into a semi-underground as it is today. Of great historical interest is the temple of St. Nicholas built in 1750 AD. According to verbal testimonies, Agios Nikolaos saved Smixi many times from various diseases and total destructions by the Turks. In this temple all the social events of the Smixians are made.
Walking up southwest of the village is Vasilitsa (2.249 m) rising at the top of which is the ski center, which does not need special recommendations. It is one of the most beautiful ski resorts in Greece that keeps snow until spring. It has two air lifts with a total length of 1800m, 3 roller lifts, a baby – lift 350m, 12 ski slopes of 7,500m total length, the largest beginner ‘s track in Greece (3,860m) snowboard track, ski schools, equipment rental shops, 2 day chalets. The scenery here is wild, low in the foothills we meet beeches scattered firs, pines while at the top there are old rhombolas. What the visitor usually does not know is the summer beauty of the area. With a four-wheeled car you can reach the top of Vassilica, and make a turn around yourself, the view is sloping. Most of the Greek mountains are on the horizon. Southwest to Giannena is Gamila, on the right Smolikas, part of Tymfis, Grammos, Vorras, Vermio Olympus, Pieria, Pelion Parnassos the mountains of Karpenissi Koziakas and finally the beaches of Avgo and Fling of Pindos.
After this wonderful feeling, from the new road that starts from the first station of the skiing and from a wonderful path through the forest, climb up to Samarina. At an altitude of 1650m. is the most famous village of Grevena. The village is built amphitheatrically on the eastern slopes of the highest peak of Pindos, Smolikas at an altitude of 2.637m, the second highest mountain after Olympus. The community store houses the folklore museum of the village. It is open during the summer months. In the neighborhood of Aghios Athanasios there are the “mantanas” that used to treat the woolen fabrics with the help of water.
In the neighborhood of Papakyria there are “waterfalls” for the washing of carpets, blankets and more. In the village are several churches of the 18th century, such as Aghios Athanasios (1840), Pr. Elias (1795), Virgin Mary’s Virgin Mary (Virgin Mary), Aghios Kosmas (1943) ), Of Ag. Dimitrios of Neamartra of Samarini (1957), four kilometers south of the village, we find the monastery of Agia Paraskevi (1713), which offered a lot to the nation during the Ottoman domination, it was a center of thieves and armatols, and from here began its revolutionary work martyr Dimitrios who martyred in 1808.
Southwest of Samarina, at the foot of Smolikas, we encounter the lake “Dracolimni” with the alpine thirds, and furthermore the fountain of Smolikas fills the water, which pours its waters into the valley of the devil, . From Samarina we return to the hotel from another route. We head to the Philippines. At the boundaries of the Samarina Dotsikos communities, the top of Annitsa, which is known from the battles given here during the Second World War with the Italian-Germans, rises.
At the top there is a monument of dead people that is worth visiting. The next villages are the Filippias, Atia (turgiaka), where lies the paraglion with the Turgaia cataclysm.
Apart from the routes we propose, there are others, such as a stroll in Ioannina, which is now with Egnatia about an hour from our Hotel or a day trip to Kastoria Lake or even a trip to Thessaloniki.
We are in the center of Western Greece.