Metsovo is one of the most picturesque mountain villages in Greece for good reason. It is situated among towering mountains and very close to the Pindos National Park (Valia Calda) and 2 ski resorts for winter sports enthusiasts.
Pindos, tradition, nature, altitude, natural beauty, rare flora and fauna… Metsovo guarantees all these and more, as long as you pack your suitcase and drive about 400 kilometers away from Athens, in this Prefecture of Ioannina, in the mountainous Ioannina. a town measuring more than 3,000 people and an altitude of 1,160 meters on the slopes of Pindos, which means your suitcase should not include light clothing.
From the Slavic “Mecca” meaning bear and “ovo” whch means village, Metsovo has much to offer a traveler, at any time of year, though many classify it only in winter destinations. However, its beauty is not molded and impresses all year round in a different way, with the traditional atmosphere it exudes: paved streets, traditional fountains, stone houses and above all a character that remains unchanged and does not adapt to the tourist ” must ‘, thus preserving all its splendor. A typical example is the … clothing choices of some of its older residents, who wear their traditional costumes and speak Vlach.
What to see
Starting with its culture, in the reconstructed mansion of the Tositsa family you can visit the Metsovo Folklore Museum and admire the weaving and embroidery, pictures, decorative and useful objects, traditional wood-carved furniture, gold-plated embroidery, gold-plated costumes, other exhibits that will help you understand what Metsovo is.
At the Averoff Art Gallery (by Evangelos Averoff from Metsovo) you will find a large and impressive collection of 19th and 20th century paintings by Greek painters, as well as a remarkable collection of sculptures and engravings.
The Averoff Garden must definitely accommodate your walk, as it is a park of about 10 acres with all types of Pindos trees, and if you are hiking, you will find various trails marked to Valia Caldas National Park and Mount Mavrou a 30 person mountaineering shelter to stay overnight.
An important habitat of the area is the artificial lake of Aoos Springs, where if you are fishing you can do a test, in a landscape that will fascinate you, and a stop at the Gina Waterfront located on the banks of the Arachthos River. For years he used the power of the river water, turning it into mechanical energy that they used in the milling of cereals.
Lovers of ecclesiastical tourism have multiple choices between the Church of Agia Paraskevi in the center of the settlement, which is perhaps its most remarkable temple, the Monastery of Agios Nikolaos with its wooden belfry, the Monastery of Virgin Maria in the town of Agios Nikolaos Charalambus with the two tambourines, etc.
Metsovo also is famous for the amazing local tastes! It has a multitude of flavors you can taste, with the first and best of the two local cheeses cheesecake and cheesecake. The site also produces yogurt, butter, gruyere and kefalogravier, and is also famous for wine production.
As part of your tasting lessons, add a visit to the Tosice-Averoff Cheese Factory, where you can sample fine products, as well as the Katogi Averoff Winery with hundreds of oak barrels and aging wine barrels.
Do not leave without tasting traditional dishes such as lamb with cauliflower, Metsovo sausage, boiled goat, kontozouli and pies! Lots of pies!
If you want to enrich your travel pictures in the area, you can organize excursions to Metsovo nearby. In the winter season you can visit the nearby ski resorts of the area at a distance of 2 kilometers (Karakoli) and 5 kilometers (Politses) from Metsovo. .
A walk from the traditional village of Milia, from Anthochori, Anilio with the ski resort, Votonosi where you will hear many Vlachs, will complete your escape to this different part of Greece.