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Easter at Papigo

Easter at Papigo

Easter at Papigo, Epirus, is an experience that combines the awe of the landscape, the devoutness of the atmosphere, the peaceful strolls at picturesque settlements and the mouth-watering local tastes. It proudly stands under the shadow of Astraka mountain peaks and enchants visitors with a mysterious beauty. Papigo is one of the most charming mountain settlements in Zagori and is offered for an authentic getaway inside the embrace of the nature of Epirus.

The village is divided into two neighborhoods, Megalo (Big) Papigo and Mikro (Small) Papigo. You will reach Megalo Papigo after a 12 km. drive from Aristi, the “gate” that will introduce you to the magic of Zagori. With the Towers of Astraka at the background, Megalo Papigo impresses visitors with its traditional zagorian architecture, cobbled streets and fairytale atmosphere.

Three km. away from Megalo Papigo, at the end of the road, you will meet Mikro Papigo, a paradise of calmness and peacefulness. Situated at an altitude of 980 meters, below Mount Tymfi, Mikro Papigo satisfies even the most demanding guests with its traditional architecture, lush vegetation and unparalleled beauty. Stone paths, old mansions and stone churches, narrow streets and rich natural landscape create a uniquely beautiful setting in Mikro Papigo. Between Mikro and Megalo Papigo, you will find the natural swimming pool called "Rogovo". The water erosion forms round pits, which look like small ponds, which the locals call ovires.

During the holy week, visit the historical monastery of St. Vlasios, while on Good Friday blend in with the locals and follow the Epitaph walking among the picturesque cobblestone paths of the two settlements. For a unique experience, visit Megalo Papigo on the night of Good Saturday, while on Easter Sunday attend the liturgy of Taxiarches church at Mikro Papigo.

Mikro Papigo 1700 Hotel & Spa, a multi award-winning hotel nestled inside the core of the Geopark Vikos-Aoos and Unesco’s Heritage monument, is definitely the hotel you should choose during your journey at the famous region of Zagori-Epirus-Greece. It consists of 7 buildings, 18 rooms and suites, a uniquely designed eco Spa and an honored- by the Greek Ministry of Tourism- restaurant, ‘Veranda at 1700’. While developing mild in space at different levels, almost a village within the village, it rightfully claims the title of the most beautiful “balcony” in the Vikos Gorge and in the settlements of small and big Papigo. The composition of volumes is perfectly suited and tied to the landscape and consists of one-storey or two-storey buildings, to avoid monotony and to create a sense of a private small settlement. Impressive and unique both in its external form and the internal spaces which are exclusively signed by the most famous designers, Philippe Starck, Castiglioni, Citterio, Urquiola, Le Corbusier, Zaha Hadid, the Moooi, B & B Italia, Bisazza.

Evolving the landscape – beyond natural – to a cosmopolitan destination for exclusive vacation, still literally surrounded by nature, as from the hotel begins the path to the alpine lake Drakolimni and its shelter, the sources of Voidomatis river and the heart of the forest of the National Park of Vikos- Aoos. Mikro Papigo 1700 Hotel & Spa is the first green hotel in North Greece multiple awarded with the Green Key by the Foundation for the Environmental Education, as example for its environmental policy focus on environmental protection issues.

This Easter, live the experience of Papigo at Mikro Papigo 1700 Hotel & Spa

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From: Anthi Sasmatzoglou