Metsovo

The aristocrat on the mountain
Metsovo’s main square is one of the most famous attractions of mountainous Greece
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This lively mountain town in Epirus, with its diverse history, traditions and customs is a popular winter holiday destination

It’s another world 1,000m above sea level. The town of Metsovo perches on one of the most beautiful slopes of the Pindus Mountain range, at the ‘crossroads’ of Epirus, Thessaly and Western Macedonia. Built like an amphitheatre, its collection of houses with tile roofs and wooden porches stretch out across the slope, and within them are grand mansions nestled in between beech and fir trees. The soothing sound of water always on the move adds to the majestic atmosphere. 

What to do in Metsovo

Home of the benefactors and living tradition

Metsovo has always been a thriving town, with an economy based on livestock, trade and crafts. Metsovite travellers and traders became prosperous, particularly in the Danubian principalities and Russia, and subsequently brought the benefits of their wealth back to their homeland by constructing public buildings, bridges, churches and schools. Metsovo became a cultural and commercial hub for merchants and traders from East and West. Of its benefactors, particularly noteworthy are the Tositsa Foundation and Evangelos Averoff, who were the driving force behind the economic boom and an influx of tourism in 1970.

Bear square

Metsovo’s main square is one of the most famous attractions of mountainous Greece and thousands of visitors pass through it every year, stopping to take a picture next to the monument of two bears exchanging glances, while elderly Metsovites look on, conversing in their local Vlach dialect.

The Averoff Gallery

More than 200 paintings and sculptures by the great Greek artists of the 19th and 20th century are exhibited here, the most significant focal point of culture in Epirus. Lytras, Gyzis, Volanakis, Parthenis, Hatzikiriakos-Gikas, Tsarouhis, Moralis and Fasianos are just a few of the big names in the collection, housed in a spectacular three-storey building behind the town’s main square. 

A peaceful lake

The high altitude of the artificial lake at the source of the Aoos River makes it the only one of its kind in Greece. In the winter, the blue water sinks into the white landscape and in the summer it is draped in the foliage of the dense riparian forest. The beech forest gives way to a forest of firs to the north of the lake, on the boundary of the Pindus National Park.

A day on the slopes 

Metsovo’s Politses Ski Resort may be small, but it offers all the necessary facilities for a day’s skiing. Reaching an altitude of 1,400m, it has five pistes and three lifts.

The famous cheese of Pindus

It’s called Metsovone and is a delicious traditional smoked cheese, one of the most popular in Greece. They say that it contains all the aromas of the Pindus Mountains. The secret is in the milk, provided by the region’s farmers, whose animals roam freely in the surrounding valleys from spring until autumn.

Hidden gems of Metsovo

The Sequoia of Agios Nikolaos

The combination is one of a kind: A river, grove, fountain, huge sequoia, wooden bell tower and a stone-built monastery. Metsovo’s Agios Nikolaos Monastery was established in the Byzantine era and is one of the most important in the area.

Metsovo’s artisans

They sew traditional Greek costumes by hand and engrave ornate wooden ceilings in homes and church altars. Metsovo’s artisans are the dedicated guardians of these rare traditional crafts, sworn to keep them alive for generations to come.

A constant source of inspiration

Crystal-clear, pure water comes gushing out of some 25 stone ‘taps’ found around the area, the same water that sustains the abundant flora and fauna in the area. Combine a scene of natural beauty and a singularly thirst-quenching experience in one gulp!

  • Bear square
  • Politses Ski Resort
  • The Averoff Gallery
  • Traditional ‘Taps’
  • The Sequoia of Agios Nikolaos
  • A peaceful lake
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