This mountainous area in the region of Epirus is a true jewel. Traditionally a favorite option for winter getaways among Greeks, its incredible natural wonders have made it increasingly popular for foreign visitors in the summer as well. Now easier to get to than ever from Athens and Thessaloniki, thanks to the completion of the Ionia and Egnatia motorways (and also served by the international airport in the nearby city of Ioannina), 2018 is looking very promising for this stunning part of the country.

With hundreds of kilometers of well-marked paths, passing through mature forests and deep gorges, over stone-built bridges spanning streams and rivers and connecting monasteries and 47 villages, Zagori is a true hikers paradise. The trails are also used for the Zagori Mountain Running event, now a well-established fixture held every summer. Meanwhile more dedicated mountaineers can also climb to the alpine Drakolimni Lake or to one of the surrounding peaks. Alternatively opt for rafting or canoeing, or simply dive into the bracing waters of the area’s many rivers and plunge pools. Getting around is now easier than ever thanks to the Sense Zagori App, a virtual tour guide to the area. Zagori also boasts the world’s best eco-lodge in the Aristi Mountain Resort which picked up the coveted title in the 2017 World Travel Awards.