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West Greece - Part 1 - Orlando / Florida Guide

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Syrrako has amazing architecture and is considered among the most beautiful villages in Greece. It is a village with a long history that flourished especially in the early 19th century. The picturesque village has been declared a traditional settlement and birthplace of important people of politics and arts. The Syrrakiotes merchants travelled throughout Europe supplying their cloaks even to the army of Napoleon.

Kalarrytes is the country village with a total of 27 arched bridges and where, in the early 19th-century silverwork flourished and this is the birthplace of the famous house of BVLGARI.

Alternatively, if you are interested in hiking then why not try the walk from Syrrako to Kalarrytes. The path which takes about 1 hour to hike was used in the past for communication between the two villages

If you choose the walking route from Syrrako to Kalarrytes then you can integrate a second day with a trip to Kipina. Where you can see both Viliza Monastery and Monastery Kipina.

Visit Matsouki where you will begin the route to the monastery Viliza. The path here takes about 1 hour to walk for the return journey. The monastery is like a castle fort and was built in the 11th century. The monastery has excellent wall iconography, religious images and set with the other monastery’s relics is an excellent museum collection. In Matsouki you can see an amazing waterfall and watermill.

The Monastery Kipina; this impressive monastery of Epirus was built in 1212 and is built in the middle of a rock at the entrance to a cave. The distance from the street is 3 min. When you follow this route you see stone bridges and a traditional water mill.

Another option is to go rafting on the Arachthos which is an easy route, even for young children. The Bridge Politsa is the starting point for rafting. After a 15 minute lesson you cross the amazing gorge of Arachthos, here you can watch the river as it flows below.

The route is considered the most beautiful in Greece and duration of descent is 9 km. This also depends on the amount of water and the stops you make for places like the underground river of Klifkis, waterfalls and other monuments that nature created. The route ends at the historic bridge of Plaka which is the largest stone arch in the Balkans. While here you can visit the monastery of Panagia Mouchousiotissas.

Visit to Tzoumerka Of Arta

Crossing the former village of Agnanta you can visit the folklore museum and continue to the Waterfall village see the imposing twin waterfalls and the monastery of St. Catherine. You can also see the green route crossing of Tzoumerka to Voulgareli and Athamanio, the two largest villages of the Prefecture of Arta.

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