If you are not from Greece you’ve probably never heard of Papigo. It is a small village located up in the mountains in the northwestern side of Greece. Nevertheless, its surrounding beautiful nature and its traditional stone built houses will surely steal your hearts. Follow along this complete guide to Papigo, Greece to learn how to get there, what to do and more!
The road leading to Papigo is a picturesque and scenic road. Be sure to stop right after the Voidomatis River to admire the crystal clear waters of the river and the natural scenery. After your small break at the river, the drive to Papigo is for yet another half hour. Pay close attention on the road because it is narrow and very zigzagged. Once you reach the foot of Papigo, leave your car at the community parking and enjoy a stroll around its narrow stone alleys and historic buildings.
Table of Contents
- 1 How to Get to Papigo, Greece
- 2 Things to do in Papigo, Greece
- 3 Where to stay in Papigo
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How to Get to Papigo, Greece
- Coming from Ioannina: Take the Ioannina-Kozani National highway toward Metsovo-Aristi-Papigo.Total distance from Ioannina: 59 km; about an hour’s drive.
- Coming from Thessaloniki: Take the highway towards Kozani, 312 km; about a four hour drive.
- Coming from Athens: Take the road via Rio bridge, 495 km; about 5 and a half hour drive.
Things to do in Papigo, Greece
Outdoor Activities in Papigo
The region surrounding Papigo is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise. From rafting in Voidomatis’ turquoise waters to climbing the Vikos Gorge, there are many alternative sport options. Some of the outdoor activities found in this region include rafting along the Voidomatis River, horseback riding, trekking, hiking and more.
Shop Local Products
There are several shops where you can find souvenirs, traditional jams, liquors, antiques and more. The shops themselves can be found in traditional stone buildings that are so charming and beautiful, you will forget that you are even in a store. Wander around Papigo and get lost in the alley ways and you’ll definitely run into a picturesque little shop/tavern/coffee shop/guesthouse.
Food & Coffee in Papigo
After wandering around the old village, you can enjoy a well-deserved meal at one of the traditional style taverns. From warm, hearty soups, to traditional Greek dishes, this will be a meal most memorable. After your meal, be sure to sit at one of the charming little cafes to enjoy a cup of Greek coffee or liquor with a sweet treat.
Visit the Neighboring Villages of Zagorochoria
As I mentioned, Zagori consists of 46 small villages. These mountainous villages distinguished for their traditional stone buildings and paved paths are all stunning. After Papigo, Monodendri village is also a popular tourist destination you should visit.
If time permits, do not miss a trip to the city of Ioannina – just an hour’s drive away. With a rich history, a beautiful lake, and a huge cave to explore, there are plenty of things to do and see there as well.
Where to stay in Papigo
There are plenty of small traditional hotels found in Papigo and the surrounding villages, perfect for a weekend trip. From airbnbs, to bed and breakfasts, to traditional guesthouses to luxurious hotels, there is something for everyone’s taste.
Hotels in Papigo
Avragonio: A homely boutique hotel composed of 6 traditional houses originating from the year 1760. A personal favorite, Avragonio combines tradition with nature in a unique and welcoming environment.
Papaevangelou Hotel: Located in the outskirts of Papigo, Papaevangelou Hotel offers various-sized suites to accommodate couples and families. Each room is adorned in a traditional and authentic manner.
Saxonis Houses & Saxonis Villa: Whether you’re two people traveling or 15, Saxonis Houses is ideal for large groups of friends or families.
5korfes papingo: Fitted with traditional and wooden furniture, 5korfes consists of cozy apartments that come with a kitchenette, fireplace and outdoor patio.
Astra Inn: A romantic hotel and restaurant, Astra Inn boasts country-styled rooms and suites right in the heart of Papigo.
Mikro Papigo 1700 Hotel & Spa: Situated in Mikro Papigo, a small town just outside of Papigo, Mikro Papigo 1700 Hotel & Spa consists of 15 lavish rooms & suites all overlooking Vikos Gorge.
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