The Pindus Mountains, which bisect the nation, operating from North to South, are sometimes called ‘the backbone of Greece’. This 160km lengthy mountain vary runs from the Albanian border all the strategy to the north of the Peloponnese Peninsula. Its highest level is Mount Smolikas, which is 2,637 metres tall. This vary is considered one of the finest locations to hike in Greece, with its various geography of excessive mountain peaks, rolling hills, lush valleys and deep, dramatic gorges. Along its various size there are two National Parks, Aoos-Vitus National Park and Pindus National Park.
One of the hottest walks in the Aoos-Vitus National Park is the stroll via the Vikos Gorge. This route, it ought to be famous, just isn’t a stroll in the park. While well-maintained, that is an ankle-twisting path which traverses the limestone uplands of Mount Gamila for 20km. Be positive to examine circumstances earlier than you set off as the snowmelt of April or early May can usually make the finish nearest Monodhéndhri impassable. Be warned that heavy rainfall can even result in landslides on the sides of the gorge. Still, if you happen to set out well-prepared then you can be rewarded by the spectacular surroundings – the gorge partitions are typically over 1000 metres in peak and tower over you in rocky splendour.
Another choice is the stunning stroll alongside the banks of the river Aoos. This gorge stroll as additionally dramatically gorgeous. You can stroll from Konitsa and those that have a great degree of health might think about persevering with the stroll as much as the summit of Mount Papigo. There are many signposted trails round Vikos and Aoos that present strolling choices for a variety of health ranges, ages and talents.
Unfortunately, the surprisingly little-known Pindus National Park doesn’t profit from such good signage. Even getting there from the primary highway is a little bit of a mission as there aren’t any correct indicators. You can achieve entry to this rugged wilderness by means of the village of Perivoli to the north.
The grime roads that cross the mountains and weave their means via the dense black pine and beech forests of this space are excellent for climbing and greater than possible if you’re in search of peace and solitude then you can find it. If you might be fortunate you may even see a glimpse of a brown bear – that is considered one of three areas in Greece nonetheless populated by these shy animals. If you stroll in Flegga Forest, you might also catch sight of wolves, lynxes, wild cats, deer or wild boar. If you might be in search of someplace totally different to go, then Pindus National Park might be the excellent place as it’s unlikely that anybody you already know has been. This is the least recognized and least visited nationwide park in Europe, which is a disgrace, except you want to escape the crowds that’s.
The Pindus Mountain Range is good for an actual escape into nature, on climbing trails you might be prone to have totally to your self.