Vikos is a village in the prefecture of Ioannina in Epirus. It belongs to the West Zagori. The village is situated at an altitude of 770m. and is one of the most famous of Zagorochoria. Vikos took its present name from the homonymous gorge and probably the name has Slavic origin and means echo. The village was called "Vetsiko" until 1950, word of Slavic origin meaning pasture, and later renamed to Vikos. The village is the starting point of the Vikos Gorge, above the springs of Voidomatis and is on the verge of the National Park of Vikos-Aoos. Vikos is characterized as a traditional settlement.
Vikos 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 Vikos dominates the impressive gorge. The Vikos Gorge is one of the largest and deepest canyons in the world. Its length is 14 km., the narrowest point has a width of 250 meters. and the depth reaches 1200m. In the bed of the gorge flows the river Vikos and in the end has its source river Voidomatis. Approximately in the middle joins a ravine, Mega Lakkos coming from the mountains of Tymfi. The spectacle offered in conjunction with rivers flowing between them is wonderful.
In recent years Vikos, because of its unique position, constitute a benchmark for Zagori. In the village there are tourist facilities such as hostels, hotels, apartments, taverns, restaurants and cafes that offer their services to visitors. The increase in visits has turned Vikos into a tourist hub of Zagori and of Epirus in general. If you visit Vikos, you can take wonderful trails that descend Vikos Gorge, which is definitely worth trying.
If you visit Vikos, you can also visit other nearby villages, such Aristi, Megalo and Mikro Papigo etc. But a tour of the wider region of Zagori, at East and Central Zagori, will undoubtedly fascinate you. Popular destinations close to Vikos is Ioannina, Metsovo and Konitsa.
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