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We had arrived in Greece from Italy, by a ferry from Venice to Igoumenitsa, and then by bus to Ioannina where we decided to stay for a few days.
Thumbing through the guide book, the Vikos Gorge took our interest. So why not, let’s hire a car and go (the car hire was the only way to manage the trip in a day).
The first interesting sight was the massive statue commemorating the local women for their efforts in the Second World War.
We soon arrived at the head of the Vikos Gorge. A sign at the entrance warned that the Gorge was deepest in the world (maybe there is some licence taken here but it is true based on a width-to-depth ratio).
We did venture into the gorge. After an hour or more of going down, down, down, we still had no sight of the bottom. We made a small cairn of rocks on the side of the path to mark the extent of our journey and resolved that next time we come, we’ll go further.
The small traditional villages around this area are fascinating. Built of local rock, they have stood the test of time.
Perhaps one of the highlights of the trip were the old stone bridges of the Zagori area. Again made of local stone, they rise up to a keystone and fall again to the other side – they are indeed beautiful. You can see one of these bridges in the photo below. Also have a look at the slideshow at the top of the page to see more examples – they are facinating.