What are your favourite traditional specialities, delis, and local tastes that you can’t find anywhere else?
Zagori pies, and the alevropita, are our favourites. In addition, “vouzada” drink and the homemade jams that we make at our hotel. Also, the local wine variety, called Debina, is a special treat that you cannot find elsewhere in the world, and we recommend it to first time visitors.
In general, Greece offers amazing experiences for food lovers, and Zagorochoria is an exceptional choice for those who are looking for authentic tastes and unique gastronomy.
What are the things most people do not know about Zagorochoria?
It is an unspoiled area of 1000 square kilometers up in the Epirus and Pindos Mountains consisting of a network of 46 homogeneous villages with unique characteristics and especially important regional history. The Zagori villages, often called “Zagorochoria”, mean “the place beyond the mountains”. For centuries, the region constituted a separate residential, historical, and cultural charter, fully protected by the various governments overseeing it. Authentic Greek traditions thrived here.
As a result, you will find Zagori-based customs and culinary products so distinctive to these villages that do not appear anywhere else in the country. Alongside its welcoming people, Zagori is blessed with tremendous natural diversity and beauty. “Vikos” Gorge, which is the deepest gorge in the world and a UNESCO geopark together with “Voidomatis” River, are the crown jewels of our region, and core offerings to Greece’s largest National Park of Northern Pindos, in which Zagori is fully integrated. The lush greenery, the rare species of animals and birds, the crystal clear waters of the river and the distinct architecture of stone, slate roofs and wood that characterizes the region, come together to form the hidden gem called Zagori, perhaps one of the most picturesque destinations in all of Greece.
Xenofon Kontouris is the owner of Apeiros Chora Guesthouse, a genuine Zagori mansion graciously restored from his family that owns it for centuries.
Apeiros Chora is located in Zagorochoria at the village of Kato Pedina.
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