The gorge (or the “narrows”) of Kalama have entered the network Natura 2000 due to its rich flora and fauna and the beautiful scenery.
On the gorge’s entrance and exit, the two ancient Osntina and Ravenis citadels, defy time as their rough walls and their slate pencil carved churches stand like guards for centuries long.
The gorge is accessible easily from Ioannina, Igoumenitsa or Filiates. On your way from Igoumenitsa to Ioannina turn left towards Plakoti and continue towards Pente Ekklisies. Before you enter the village, follow the road that leads to “Paleochora” as the locals call the ancient settlement. Continue until you reach Belei bridge in Klamas. On the rock is the Osdina citadel with its ancient castles, the Byzantine fortresses and the post Byzantine churches…
Enter the gorge by the river’s left bank. In front of you will open the ruins of a unique bridge (Boliana) verifying that the particular place was a passage in ancient times as well. The caves on the steep rocks above the river sheltered many ascetics. You can reach “Stavropigadia”, a place full of springs, without entering the river. (At a certain point after the riverbed you will need to climb for a while).
If you decide to cross the gorge you need to know that the route in “Faraggopidima” location, which is the narrowest part of the gorge, is cut off and you will have to enter the river to cross to the opposite bank, of course if you are properly trained. (For those who do not want to risk it we suggest stopping at that point and start the route from Polidroso side some other time…).
A little further you will have to choose again whether you want to walk in the river until “Anavristika”, a beautiful place with many springs under the Raveni castle, and reach the village following the road which ends up in the river, or to pass to the left riverbank and follow the pathway starting from an old watermill and go to Polidroso.
There you can visit the village folklore museum and eat at the coffee place. Wherever your route finishes you can return following the same road or by car.
The route lasts 4 hours and is difficult. You need to be careful.