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Epirus Trail: The biggest hiking route in Greece

The longest single trail in Greece will be the 370km long Epirus Trail, to cross the main part of Ioannina District in Epirus and wind its way from Mt. Grammos to Tzoumerka mountain range, pending the completion of works and the related certificate award by the European Ramblers Association (ERA). Furthermore, the trail is scheduled to be extended to other areas in Epirus (Arta, Thesprotia, Preveza), as 450km of extra hiking routes are yet to be added; this will turn Epirus Trail in one of the largest in Europe.

 


This project has been designed and is being carried out by the Region of Epirus and EPIRUS S.A., a local development company, since 2015. Once completed, the country will have earned its place among the leaders in rambling tourism across Europe, promoting this way the outstanding natural beauty and cultural heritage of Epirus as one of the most interesting and attractive regions of Greece.
The first part of Epirus Trail goes through Konitsa, Zagori, Metsovo and North Tzoumerka areas and ends in the first villages of Arta district. It branches off in the following three sections:

- The east part starts at Konitsa and ends at Metsovo, it is 190 km long, comprising 14 daily stages.
- The west part starts at Konitsa, it crosses a big part of the Zagori area and a branch of it joins Ursa Trail and ends in Metsovo. It is 110km long with 8 daily stages.
- The south part starts at Metsovo and ends at Tzoumerka waterfalls, it is 70km long comprising 6 daily stages.

 


Epirus Trail building takes place as part of the initiatives taken for planning, listing, waymarking and finally getting required certification for a growing number of Greek trails; this will allow them to be included in ERA’s Leading Quality Trails - Best of Europe. The association is focused on the promotion of walking tourism across the European continent by creating a trail network with common standards for all. Rules are that local characteristics must be shown off along the routes whether they refer to natural surroundings or to quality features of the area - for instance to the local cultural and historical characteristics. These features can be used in educational programmes that will help students get to know the trails and their history, they will stimulate the interest of travellers/walkers in them and they will further attract quality tourism.

 

 

The Leading Quality Trails already include Ursa Trail (Metsovo routes), Menalon Trail in the Peloponnese and Andros Routes in the Cyclades. Next to Epirus Trail, Xanthi Trail (Nestos – Rodopi routes), Chios Trail (92km long) and ten more trails situated in the mainland or on the islands are in the certification stage.

You can get more information on the official site of Epirus Trail at and on Topoguide. 

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