Leptokarya is a village in the prefecture of Ioannina in Epirus. It belongs to the Central Zagori, although it is built in the Eastern and Central Zagori border. This mountainous village belongs to the complex of Zagorochoria. Leptokarya is located at an altitude of 1000m. on the slopes of Tymfi. Originally was called Liaskovetsi and in 1927 renamed to Leptokaria. The village of Leptokarya differs from the other Zagorochoria as to traditional color that would expect to see the visitors of the village. This is due to the fact that the village was burned down twice, in 1912 by the Turks and in 1943 by the Germans. Leptokarya, of course, remains beautiful and surrounded by greenery. Today the village counts very few permanent residents.
Leptokarya is 55km. away from Ioannina. From Thessaloniki you can cover a distance of 260 km. through Egnatia Road and arrive in Ioannina, or head to Konitsa. From Athens you can come to Ioannina via Patras, covering 445km., or via the National Road Athens - Lamia.
If you visit Leptokarya you can see the stone bridges that exist around the village. Specifically are eight stone bridges: the bridge northeast of the Three fountains, a bridge to Silva, the bridge on Beoutes, the bridge at Three Fountains built in 1875, the bridge to the Pit Tsioulias Built in 1875, the bridge to the Pit Greeks or the bridge to miases built in 1866, the bridge River built in 1891 and the bridge of Tsamis. In Leptokarya you can also see the churches of St. Athanasius and St. Nicholas. Finally, in the position Paliomonastiro, on a small hill, are the ruins of an old monastery that was dedicated to the Archangels Gabriel and Michael and belonged to Fragades and Leptokarya.
In Leptokarya there aren’t guesthouses to accommodate visitors. Therefore, if you visit Leptokarya you can choose another village of Central Zagori for your stay. The village has a cafe that serves tsipouro, coffee and local pastries. You should also know that on 26 July is the annual village feast where many people gather.
If you visit Leptokarya, you can visit other nearby villages such as Fragades, Doliani, Kastanonas, Makrino etc. Popular destinations close to Leptokarya is Ioannina, Metsovo and Konitsa.
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