Metsovo, the land of stone and tradition
With the village claiming the title of the most picturesque village in Greece, Metsovo is emerging as a top tourist destination in Greece. Built amphitheatrically on the slopes of the rugged Pindos, between dense fir forests, the birthplace of many great Greek benefactors , Metsovo generously offers its beauties to the visitor. Taken from a painting with predominant colours, the Gray of the stone and the red of the tiled roofs of its mansions, the famous Vlach village manages to maintain its traditional character, despite the rapid development of tourism in recent years. Stone mansions, samples of the continental architecture with traditional balconies and wooden fountains on the outside, paved cobbled streets and fountains with clear ice water, all together create an idyllic setting, of authentic continental beauty that activates the senses.
Wander around the village and reach the central square of Metsovo, where the heart of the settlement and its inhabitants beats. Climb the cobbled streets to the metropolitan church of Agia Paraskevi and see the museum of folk art of the mainland (Megaron Tositsa) as well as the famous Averoff Gallery, which houses works and sculptures by leading Greek artists. Continue to the lower mahala (neighboorhood) of Metsovo where the monasteries of Agios Nikolaos and Panagia dominate and continue the route with the icy fresh air and the smell of the lit fireplace. Whatever route you choose to take in Metsovo, it is certain that the village, the landscape, and its hospitable inhabitants will excite you.
The inseparable way in which the local gastronomy relates to Metsovo, the visitor finds out upon his arrival in the village, as he is greeted by the smells of excellent quality meat prepared in the traditional taverns and restaurants. Metsovo is famous for its meats which it offers in a wide variety of dishes, so do not forget to try Kontosouvli in ladokolla, the delicious kokoretsi, as well as the village sausages. The pies that are prepared with pure ingredients and with great taste are also exceptional. Dairy products occupy a primary place in local cuisine. Try the local varieties of cheese, Metsovone and Metsovela and combine them deliciously with the excellent quality wines made in Metsovo.
Best time to visit Metsovo
You can visit Metsovo all year round. Due to the mountainous scenery, the winter activities that it offers to the lovers of winter sports, the winter months are especially recommended.
How to use transportation in Metsovo
Transfer from/to Metsovo
From Ioannina and then by Bus (distance 55kms)
From Thessaloniki and then by Bus (distance 250kms)
The village is small so you can walk around.
We recommend a Car Rental for the duration of your trip.