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The lovely Greek villages

27 September 2014 / 19:09:17  GRReporter
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Stemnitsa, Arcadia: the rural child of Morea

Stemnitsa, the mountain village of Gortynia municipality in Arcadia, was the seat of Theodoros Kolkotronis during the revolution of 1821 and he called it "the rural child of the sea". A traditional village, Stemnitsa was built at an altitude of 1080 m, and has 412 inhabitants. Lousios’ gorge, the Ethnographic Museum, the pine forest of Menalos and the other picturesque villages in the area (Palamari, Pavlia, Sirna, Psara, Gortynias) are just some of the things you will find in this wonderful place and the traditional inns will make your stay unforgettable.

Papingo: picture of Ioannina

The glorious woodlands of Papingo impress visitors with colours that change with the seasons. In the autumn you will certainly feel absolutely extraordinarily in this picturesque village built on the slopes of Tymfi at an altitude of 960 metres. It is one of the most characteristic examples of the architecture of Zagora and offers images that will fill your mind and your camera before you realize it. Also visit the pools along the river Rogovo, enjoy Mount Tymfi, stroll along the gorge of Vikos and take a close look at the flora and fauna in the area.

Nymfaio, Florina: Snow-white on Vernos

About 60 km away from Florina, in Vernos, at an altitude of 1350 metres, there is a village that guides identify as one of the ten most beautiful villages in Europe - Nymfaio. Its original name is Bride, because of the beauty of the place. Nymfaio is an important place for tourism and for becoming acquainted with some of the beautiful little corners of Greece, with the oak forest that surrounds it, with the stone-covered streets with stone houses. The environmental organization Arktouros founded in 1992 to protect wildlife and nature ioperates in this area.

Kastraki, Trikala: a view to Meteora

At the foot of Meteora is a village surrounded by huge rocks which shows its beauty through unique views. In Kastraki, which has taken its name from the Byzantine fortress the ruins of which still exist, you will spend your day walking, you will live the traditional way of life still faithfully followed by the local people and, of course, you will explore Meteora.

Parthenonas, Chalkidiki: a name that carries weight

The Parthenon in Athens is probably better known, but this traditional village on the Sithonia river has a history and beauty which attract visitors. Made to look old in the traditional Macedonian style, this village in Chalkidiki offers views to the Toroneos bay, a green landscape that is a favourite tourist destination. Traditional houses and courtyards full of flowers make up today's image of the village which was abandoned in the 1980s by around 500 residents who moved to Neos Marmaras. However, since then various initiatives by residents and visitors have brought life back to the village and today it offers all that a tourist could desire.

Tags: traditional villages Parthenonas PapingoStemnitsa Kastraki
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