Skamneli is a village of Zagorochoria in Ioannina. It is built at an altitude of 1100m. on the outskirts of Tymfi, in Central Zagori of Epirus. The village was burned in 1912 in the context of fighting for the liberation of Epirus and during the German occupation, so today has lost some of its traditional image. But in Skamneli you will find old houses, stone paths and squares that retain the Zagorian character. In the village now live about 80 residents.
Skamneli is 54km. 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.
In Skamneli you can see the temple of the Holy Apostles located in the square and built in 1795. Just outside Skamneli are ancient Pelasgian walls, which testify that the era inhabited since prehistoric times. In Skamneli is also the Church of the Assumption. The monastery of Agia Paraskevi, which was founded in 1697, is accessible only by hiking. The view to the village, however, to the forests of Central Zagori and the slopes of Tymfi will compensate you. At the entrance of the village is the Monastery of St. Nicholas built in 1683. In Skamneli stand the mansions of Theodosius, Gennadios, Frangoulis, Kuparissou. In the village there are five bridges, the bridge of Panagia, the bridge to the Holy Trinity, the bridge of Alexis, the bridge of Sagianou and the bridge in Lintzeto.
Skamneli has the appropriate infrastructure for accommodation and food. In the village there are hotels and restaurants that will make your stay pleasant. Outside Skamneli there is the Sarakatsaniki Sheepfold, faithful representation of sarakastanikon seasonal settlement. You can visit it for free all year round. In the garden you will find tavern.
Near Skamneli are other villages of Central Zagori, as Tsepelovo, Vradeto, Koukouli, Vitsa, Monodendri, Kipoi, Dilofo, etc. Popular destinations close to Skamneli is Ioannina, Metsovo and Konitsa.
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