One day excursion to Metsovo
Two hours and twenty minutes away from Thessaloniki (via Egnatia Road) sits one of the most authentic and traditional winter destinations in the region of Epirus and Greece in general. The quaint Metsovo, located at an altitude of 1,200 m., is built amphitheatrically on the slopes of Pindos mountain range and is surrounded by an astounding natural environment made up of fir and beech trees.
Metsovo may easily win you over due to its unique architecture and vivid traditional ambience; its stone built houses with the roof tiles, its cobblestone alleys and stone water fountains.
The church of Agia Paraskevi, boasting its wood carved altarpiece, dominates the central square of Metsovo since the 18th century. Also worth visiting are the churches of Agios Dimitrios and Agios Charalambos (with the rare for an orthodox church twin pulpits), as well as the Agios Nikolaos Monastery with the exceptional byzantine icons.
You should definitely pay a visit to the Evangelos Averof Art Gallery –named after the famous Greek politician who was descended from Metsovo– the Folklore Art Museum housed in the Tositsas family mansion, as well as Gina’s water mill –one of the most famous in the area– located on the banks of the river Arachthos.
Do not forget to visit some of the famed wineries in Metsovo, boasting a long tradition in wine making since even before 1732 when the local production was approximately 500,000 bottles per year. You should also sample and purchase some of its famed cheese –metsovone is included in the list of Greek PDO cheese.