Two unique destinations in Greece, two of the most beautiful parts of the country with unique landscapes. Meteora and Zagori. We decided to visit them within a weekend and enjoy the route with a BMW R 1200 GS LC from the motorcycle rental company of GS Traveler.
We covered 1000+ kilometers within 48 hours without feeling tired due to the comfort offered by a motorcycle like the R 1200 GS LC of BMW Motorrad.
In the first part of our route, the distance that we had to cover to reach Meteora from Athens is 356 km, with quite large lines and several tolls (up to Lamia). The new section of highway joining Lamia with Trikala, avoiding Domokos and its closed turns, has now been handed over. In the summertime, a unique landscape makes you companion along the way, vast lands and fields with flowering sunflowers and corn.
We arrived at Meteora after 4.5 hours of driving pleasure including two stops. We decided to spend the night in Kastraki and took the opportunity to gaze at the sunset in this special morphology part. Unique rocks, and visitors from all over the world who were also found there to enjoy the scenery. A landscape that filled colors and shadows as the sun farewell. You have to see this scenery at some point, that even telling you or seeing the pictures does not compare to experiencing it.
After having enjoyed the scenery we found a room for overnight stays in Kastraki. A small village after Kalambaka, much more beautiful and authentic than the big and indifferent town of Kalambaka. With low houses and beautiful people and tranquility, also hidden between the foothills of idyllic rocks. A double room here costs about 30-40 euros for one night and wakes up with the most beautiful view.
Breakfast early coffee and breakfast in the most beautiful cafe, across from the village bakery. A delightful couple took over the reins of an old coffee house and with fresh ideas managed to keep the traditional beauty and appearance and with little detail and emphasis on catalog and decoration while giving a fresh look aesthetics.
We left behind the amazing Meteora, leaving them discreetly away from the mirrors of the machine and following the route of the old national road Ioannina - Trikala passing by Katara and in 3 hours we reached Kipi, in the heart of Zagori.
We were delighted to be in the most beautiful event taking place in Zagorohoria every summer, the Zagori Mountain Race. An event dedicated to mountain sports and the mountain itself. 4 matches depending on the level of each athlete in some of the most beautiful places of the unique Zagori. Many athletes are considered the most beautiful race combining demands and landscape beauty. The route of the most demanding race, that of 80 kilometers, passes through Drakolimni, the bridges and the plateaus of the area. The most remarkable is the organization of the event, in which everyone referred to the best words. We also made an appointment for the following year and we continued to enjoy the area.
Next stop for a drink at the Voidomatis. We took the route to Aristi and from there to Papigo. 5 minutes after Aristi, there is the Aristi bridge, or Papigou's bridge and the small coastline that forms the river, giving visitors the opportunity to swim in the river. Diving, of course, is not as easy as it sounds, as the river has a constant summer-summer temperature around 4 degrees, quite frozen, to a point where you do not get used to it. Voidomatis is the cleanest river in Greece and incredible beauty as well. We relaxed on the small shore, enjoyed the scenery, the plane trees and the butterflies, the nature in all its grandeur. Others more courageous made dives from rocks and other rafting on one of the most beautiful and easy routes.
In the afternoon, we continued uphill to Papingo to visit Kolimbithres while looking at the impressive rock of Astraka. Kolimbithres is like small swimming pools along the course of a small river and is on the way between Mikro and Megalo Papigo. During the summer months residents and visitors of the area choose to cool down and take a dip. With warmer waters warmer than those of Wikimedia, it's easier to dive and relax in the rocks by reading your book.
Eating in the Astra, out in the courtyard overlooking Astraka and traditional flavors with raw material from the gardens of the restaurant and after relaxing. Relaxing under the plane tree of the church in Megalo Papigo, coffee and sweet (imposed) in Sterna. Sweet handmade, tasteful and cute bouquet with very nice gifts and supplies for your kitchen. Dried mushrooms, garlic, handmade liqueurs and much more. If you can also get Debina, their own production. A very nice wine to enjoy with your company. Do not miss Sterna, you will remember me.
After our day passed, and it came to dusk, we started to return slowly. 3.5 hours to Patras (from Zagori) thanks to the new National and two more hours to Athens. A lot of tolls but comfortable driving safely with no turns and good road surface. Several kilometers but easily thanks to BMW's bike, the ideal choice for such excursions. The boxer's engine and ergonomics give you the comfort you need to move safely without fatigue. If you can dedicate more days, this route will reward you. Zagori has so much to give you to relax and enjoy.