If you’re entering Greece via the northwestern border, chances are you’ll ride through the Epirus province - a fiercely fought over stretch of land, which divided Albania and Greece for a long time.
So far for the historical part though, as the Zagorochoria region has more to offer, not in the least represented by the Vikos Gorge. Apart from its truly spectacular sights, the Vikos Gorge is bookmarked as the world’s deepest canyon in the Guinness book of records.
If you’re not easily amazed by the theoretics, you might just be baffled by the truly spectacular sights from several vantage points, including the gravity-defying cliff-face monastery of Agia Paraskevi at its southern end and the ridge-top village of Vikos at the other.
The twenty-something kilometer long gorge will surprise you with its abrupt changes in altitude, which have been carved out for over millions of years by the Voidomatis River, a tributary of the Aoös.
The flow of this majestic stream is mostly seasonal though, with year-round current occurring only in the lower part of the gorge. But beware: due to its nature, the area of the gorge is impassable most of the year.
As you’re in the neighborhood anyway, you might as well try some of the Motorcycle Diaries roads in the surroundings. Well, the first one in line, you’ll have to take, as it is the only way leading from the ‘civilised world’ towards the Vikos Gorge: the road from Monodendri will have you twist and turn for 7 kilometers before reaching the last part - which can only be completed by walking.
A few kilometers up the road, you can try the winding road from Aristi towards Papigno, the latter being named as one of the 'most beautiful' villages of Greece, so a bit of a must see in the area.
Although we actually enjoyed the road and the views more than the village itself, to be honest.
When leaving Aristi, you’ll have two equally tempting options: you could cross the little river and take a rest on its wonderful little beach, or you could set sail for another magnificent 7 kilometers towards the village of Kato Pedina. The choice is yours!