The Vikos Gorge is considered as Hikers’ paradise because of its beautiful interconnecting footpaths of many levels of expertise that link stone villages tucked into folds of mountains. Once down at the gorge, you keep going and going… Through the river’s dry bed, in the beginning, climbing a bit on the banks later on. The round stones that litter the gorge keep growing until they reach gigantic, unclimbable proportions, silent witnesses of a turbulent past.
The gorge averages 700 meters in depth and is the second longest in Europe after the much busier Samaria Gorge on Crete. In Vikos, however, your only company will be the swooping eagles above. The paths lead you right into the heart of the National Park where the sight of the deserted monastery of Agia Paraskevi, balanced in an ‘eagle’s nest’ position over the gorge causes many hearts to miss a beat!
A little bit more about Vikos Gorge…
Vikos gorge is at the west side of the National Park Vikos-Aoos and crosses West and Central Zagori. Its length reaches approximately 12 km., and the height of steep cliffs exceeds 1200m. in many spots, while its width is around 100 to 1000m.
The gorge is a water-made formation and is cut through by Vikos River, the water is seasonal.
Flora presents a wide variety of willow trees, sycamores, sphendamos but also flowers and herbs. In earlier days alternative doctors picked up herbs in the area the so-called Vikos-doctors. Skilful walkers can cross the gorge, it takes 5 hours to walk to the Springs of Voidomatis River, in a magnificent landscape, characterised by the grey rocks and the green vegetation.