Road Trip to Metsovo, Greece
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When you think of Greece what mostly comes to mind is, the endless blue, the sea, islands, summer, Santorini and Mykonoooos! Am I right or am I right? Well, I have news for you!
The mountains of Greece are as beautiful and extraordinary as the islands and I feel extra happy to have recently visited Metsovo, a very picturesque village in Epirus, in the mountains of Pindus in northern Greece.
The road trip to Metsovo begun on a Saturday morning and our first stop was at Missolonghi, where we had to take pictures of the most amazing little settlement of Pelades (Houses on piles, built by local fishermen) on Tourlida island, a long-narrow earthy land, south of Missolonghi. Extremely beautiful and a must visit.
We rested at Agrinio for 2 days, where Victor’s aunt lives, and took the opportunity to visit Lefkada island for a day (1hr and 30min from the town of Agrinio). Lefkada might not be very picturesque but the scenery is breathtaking. Especially now that is winter and the island is quiet, the sound of the waves, the images of the sea, the dunes and the endless blue were fascinating. After Lefkada, the real journey begun!
Driving 2hr and 30min on Egnatia motorway and we arrived at our destination: The Grand Forest Metsovo hotel, built at 1350m altitude with a breathtaking view of Metsovo village. Warm hospitality, comfortable accommodation, a great restaurant and amazing spa services that makes it a fabulous 5 star mountain destination!
We stayed 5 days in this wonderful luxury hotel in Metsovo and each day was unique! The hotel’s location is strategic. 15 minutes to Metsovo village, 7 minutes to Anilio village, 10 minutes to Anilio ski resort and built right next to an exit of Egnatia motorway from where you can visit quickly any nearby city you like. And we chose Kastoria! 1 hr and 20 minutes and we arrived to the beautiful town on the western shore of Lake Orestiada. Serious crush with this town! Smiley face.
So, here are a few tips if you get to experience a similar road trip.
- Stay at Grand Forest Metsovo! Enjoy a dinner at the Metsovo 1350m restaurant and try the beef fillet with truffle sauce. Delicious!
Use the spa in early afternoon, swim in the pool while it’s snowing and after those relaxing couple of hours, watch the sunset at the cafe, by the fireplace, while enjoying a brandy.Priceless!
- While at Metsovo village, visit the Katogi Averoff winery, take the tour, drink the wine! Learn all about Evagelo Averoff and its vision. Visit the Tossizza Museum and the Averoff art gallery. Walk around and have a Greek coffee at the cafe in the square while the winter sun softly touches your face.
- If you are into skiing, you have two options: the Anilio ski resort and the Metsovo ski resort. Both are quite small resorts but the Anilio ski resort has a very new and awesome chalet! B e a u t i f u l, have a brandy there as well! Winking my eye. Also, take a tour around Aoos lake. Magical scenery!
- Visit Kastoria! For real! It’s a beautiful city with a Byzantine and Ottoman-era domestic architecture, fur clothing industry and great food. Take a long walk around the lake and feed the ducks and swans.
That’s all I can think of right now… any questions, feel free to comment.
Have fun! Smiley face
Photography Victor Kalauzi & Xeni Kouveli & Editing Xeni Kouveli