We took that ride the last day before returning to Athens (to prepare for another adventure at Tinos island, so stay tuned for that article too). The day before that we visited some pretty nice villages with lots of waters and great hiking places.
Before we start with this, here is a magnificent photo of the town of Karpenisi (and a selfie) from the 4th floor of Lecadin hotel (our host).
To get a better picture of where Lecadin is situated, see this photo below. The hotel is at the village edge (middle-right), overlooking the town.
Mikro Horio Karpenisi
Close to Karpenisi is Mirko Horio (translated as: Little Village). It is a very beautiful village to visit and eat at some of its taverns. We were invited to eat at Horiatiko tavern. Here is how it looks like.
The food was delicious, all made with local products. Portions were very big.
From left to right and top to bottom: We had this thing with cheese (called bugiurdi), cheese/spinach pie, roasted bread with olive oil, amazing red wine, rooster with pasta and veal with barley. Before reaching the bottom plates we were semi-full but the rooster and veal were so great we couldn’t stop! If you are there, definitely stop for lunch or dinner.
We visited this village since our guide Yiannis (from Trekking Hellas Evrytania) told us that it has a refectory, which functions in a special way, plus that this is a place with amazing views, even from the lowest point of the village.
Wild cherry trees are all over the place. Just reach and eat. Maria did so (and the rest of us as well).
Look at all these hiking paths just around this specific area.
We walked towards a place called Black Cave and then we visited the village. The route towards the cave and the cave area were pretty nice, cool and serene.
The temperature of this place was pretty low. Talking about natural air conditioning! A few meters under that shade and waters and you needed a sweater!
We spent a few minutes there, relaxing, and then we took the road to visit Tornos village center.
Here is the refectory we heard about. How it works? Nobody is inside. You call one of the cell phones (seen on the door poster). Someone gives you a code and you type it on a pad next to the door. Door opens and you go inside and take whatever you like (each item is marked with a price) or you make your own coffee. You leave the money for the items consumed and get out.
Talking about trust, right? And it works! Someone from the village just replenishes items purchased and that is all.
A few meters from there is a large area where you can just sit and enjoy the surrounding view. Here Yiannis points to gorges and paths.
How about this view from the other side of the village square? Breathtaking… right?
Such a small village but with so many views.
The day after, we paid a proper visit to some other villages. First of them was…
Mikro Horio village
This village has -as said- some pretty nice restaurants/taverns and a spectacular view from the church at the top. There is also a museum there where someone can find out about how locals used to live, their customs and their history (usually related to wars).
Next to the folklore museum is this church. Very serene and with a nice view of the area.
Even more paths start from Mikro Horio.
Leaving Mikro Horio, near Karpenisi, we decided to pay a visit to the famous Monastery of Proussos. People come from all over the world to visit it. Perhaps is one of the most known after the monasteries of Meteora.
This monastery is build in a peculiar place, yet like most monasteries of this area, is surround with this wild beauty.
Really liked these bells.
Those who are fond of religious aspects of life, will really like this place.
Leaving Proussos monastery we decided to visit Megalo Horio (Grand Village).
The village of Megalo Horio is a few kilometers far from Mikro Horio, so they can both be visited. Megalo Horio is famous for its paths, lots of waters and its amazing “Galaktoboureko”. This is a delicious creamy pastry with syrup and we were informed to taste it.
But before that, we visited a path we found to be very interesting. We didn’t walk all of it but even the beginning of the route was like a fairy tale. See below.
That part of the path was so serene, peaceful and magical… We were thinking that some fairies would be seen flying and laughing before our eyes!
We stayed there just admiring the place, before visiting the rest of the village. Many more paths start from here.
Yet it was time to taste that “galaktoboureko”. We got one along with an “ekmek kantaifi”. These were fresh and hot, just baked (the one with white topping is ekmek).
We just sat there for half an hour admiring the view of mountains across. We think the best view is from Karvelas pastry shop and coffee house. There were more tourists coming and going, all leaving with boxes of galaktoboureko.
To walk off both of these sweets we decided to explore the village.
Me carrying some extra “fuel” for the trip back to Athens.
In such villages you can buy these sticks with the curved top end. Do you know what these are? They are called “Glitses”. Actually they are walking sticks, used (and still are in many places) by Greek villagers, especially shepherds. Imagine them like the old version of modern walking batons. They served the same purpose.
There are not much to see inside the village but the surrounding area and hiking paths are great.
Well, it was time to leave this area and drive back to Athens.
Did we manage to cover this area entirely? Definitely not! Karpenisi and the surrounding area is a huge location for hiking, climbing, rafting, great food and much more. There is so much green and rivers and waterfalls everywhere. Not many people know that.
Locals do a great job with providing so much info to travelers there. We owe a special thanks to Sofia Flegka of Lecadin Hotel Karpenisi for her amazing hospitality and friendliness, plus to Yiannis from Trekking Hellas Evrytania. A great guy who loves his place and knows tons of historical facts and secrets of the nature!
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