Hiking trails of Zagori
If you love hiking through dense forests, traditional stone made villages, alongside beautiful rivers or in alpine landscapes, then Zagori is the perfect destination for you! It is located within the National Park of Vikos – Aoos, which is part of the Natura 2000 ecological network and one of the UNESCO Geoparks. Zagori spans across 100 km² in the slopes of Pindos range, which is considered the backbone of Greece, with peaks as the Smolikas (2637 m), the Tymfi (2466 m ), the Gamila (2480 m) and the Astraka (2432 m). The area features rich flora (over 1000 species of plants, herbs and trees, some of them endemic to the area) and fauna, the spectacular Vikos gorge (one of the deepest gorges in the world!) and Voidomatis river, one of the clearest rivers in Europe. The relatively small human impact and the somewhat geographical remoteness of the region have converted the area into a unique natural paradise. Combining the striking natural landscape with the unparallel architecture of every single village, the masterful stone bridges and the byzantine monasteries carved into the mountains, as well as the long history of the region, Zagori is the ultimate hiking destination in Greece, offering unlimited opportunities for nature and adventure lovers!
There are 31 marked trails in Zagori, some of them part of the national trails E6 and O3. Below we are listing our favorite ones, which are also some of the best hiking trails in Greece and part of our hiking adventures!
This hiking trail allows you to get acquainted with two of Central Zagori’s gems, the Vradeto steps (Skala Vradetou) – a cobble stone path built in the 16th century at the slopes of Vikos Gorge – and Beloi viewpoint, one of the most spectacular “balconies” of Vikos gorge offering panoramic views over the canyon.