Metsovo

This tree-shaded village, retaining its traditional character, dots the mountain side below Katara Col in the Mountain Range of Pindos. Metsovo is full of life throughout the year generously offering you its natural surrounding beauties. Particularly during winter, the famous vlach village, birthplace of various national benefactors (Tositsas, Stournaras, Averof etc.), is Epirus’ beloved tourist destination.

The settlement’s heart beats in the central square; the most famous one in mountainous Greece. Head up to Metsovo’s church of Agia Paraskevi (15th century) with its elaborate wood-carved temple and priceless holy heirlooms. Around the yard you’ll see a distinctive image of Metsovo: the elders, with their handlebar moustaches, usually sit on the benches in traditional costumes and wooden crooks chatting in Vlach, enjoying the first daylight.

At a short distance ahead visit the Tositsa mansion, which houses the Folk Art Museum along with Metsovo’s folk 18th century history. Make a stop to the Averoff Museum of Neohellenic Art, where paintings and sculptures by renowned Greek Artists are exhibited. Take a short break at the village’s recreational hill where in 1668 a Castle was erected and then destroyed together with the whole village in 1858. Pay a visit to the Averofeios Garden where you will encounter endemic tree species of Pindos; this is a true oasis and it will give you the chance to breath in the mountainous fresh air, while you relax on a bench behind the chapel of Agios Georgios.

Follow down the cobblestone alleys to the very first neighborhood dating back to 1008, where you will come across two monasteries built by the banks of Metsovitis River; the Monastery of Panagia with its renovated watermill Gkina and the Monastery of Agios Nicholaos with its 17th century wall paintings.