Tetrakomo is situated to the north of Arta , called Migeri until 1927.It then took its new name from the 4 villages of the area .In the center of the village you can admire the beautiful square with the impressive plane trees planted in 1905, the stone built school( 1957).Enjoy the greenery as the whole area is covered with firs, walk on the path from Tetrakomo to Kanala through the Karageorgeika settlement, buy local products such as honey ,nuts royal jelly, chestnuts, apples ,tomatoes, beans available in the shops of the square,taste omelets, grilled food and especially in winter chestnuts with tsipouro. The Athamanios route has been organized since 2000 in which a lot of participants enjoy the lush path of Athamanio – Tetrakomo.It take place at the weekend before the 15th of August.
Ramia is perched on the western slopes of Tzoumerka.After the construction of the Tzari bridge, Arta in now 43 km away.
The village has an altitude of 620 meters in the central square of Agia Paraskevi. It is very sparsely populated, giving it a special grace and beauty, as each house is surrounded by 1 to 10 acres of private space, with a variety of fruit and forest trees with a lot of greenery, full of wildflowers that give of their fresh smell .
Driving through the Tzari Bridge to the center of Ramia, there is a junction on the left. At around 800 meters, you come across the settlement on Ntara (Karkavaleika). There lies the path that leads to Arachthos. At the beginning of the route there is a source. The path unrolls parallel to the stream.At some point we will meet three waterfalls. From the Tzari Bridge, the Vidra trail begins. From the opposite bank before we cross the bridge, walking on the path we enjoy a nice view accompanied by the sound of Arachthos and the singing of birds, depending on the season. We will meet several waterfalls on the Ramia side in autumn and spring depending on the weather. Do not miss the winery of the village of Ntara in Kounies where you will find top quality local wine from the famous aromatic mountain variety of Vitis Lamprousca(zambela)
A village at the foot of Tzoumerka, 50 km away from the city of Arta. It is a village with industrious, peaceful and above all hospitable inhabitants. Stone houses, most scattered among the greenery , welcome to their porch every stranger or passerby. Two rivers embrace the village and in the summer they water the small, but neatly sowed fields of corn, wheat and clover. It is so relaxing to take a stroll under the plane trees, listening to the breeze, and the gurgling mountain water of the streams. Small but delicious fish swim and hide under the stones. There a are two churches in the village, Ag. Theodoroi and the Presentation of the Virgin Mary. The hills and slopes are strewn with chapels. There is also a Primary School and a Kindergarden for the local students. A village with a history that still maintains its customs and traditions.
It is one of the oldest inhabited areas of the area with a name that dates back to the Byzantine period-Katounes- as the fortified residential area used to be called by the Byzantines . The Tsioukas Archaeological Site is at the top of the homonymous hill. A fortified site of particular strategic importance dates back to the years of ancient Athamania and later in the Roman and Byzantine times. Notable research at the beginning of the last century by the renowned British archaeologists Clark and Hammond confirm the archaeological value of the site. Remains of buildings and fortifications are preserved and can be reached through a mountaineering path (not marked) with a course of about an hour.
Kondodima Stone bridge
Arched bridge – Kamara at the location Margonis
Aerial bridge in Potamia
Belley Bridge in Agios Stefanos
Watermills – Ydrokinisis
Kafkia Watermill in Potamia
Ntzioni Watermill in Agios Stefanos
Kolokytha Watermil in Avaritsa
Katsanos Watermill in Avaritsa
Between Arta ,Trikala and Karditsa,the Messounda village is at an altitude of 820 m forgotten by culture. A green mountainous border village that manages to stay alive. Small red-tiled houses scattered on the side of the mountain and sometime among the fir trees, with their chimneys always smoking. The Acheloos river refreshes the village’s foot, crowned by the Agrafa mountain range .The fir forest is one of the largest in density and height in the Balkans. In any case, walk between the dense and tall firs, reaching to Ag. Paraskevi, at the border with Elati.
The Aspropotamos river(Acheloos) is the locals’ pride and joy ,named after its crystal clear waters (aspros ,means white). In summer you can swim in its crystal waters or in th natural ponds that are formed along the way, but only if you are good at swimming, or go fishing. Also, rafting trips are organized in spring. Next to the river there is the monastery of Ag. Georgios (it belongs to Myrofyllo Trikalon), which is a must. Entering the village there is a stream. The “Wheel” as we call it. It is worth making a stop there and drink water from the source with the amazing water under the bridge.
In the village you will find traditional cafes and in the evening you can taste ewe on the spit and other roasts. You can also buy pure honey here (tel: 2685 024025), tsipouro, oregano, eggs, chestnuts, walnuts, beans, hazelnuts, potatoes, corn, feta cheese, yogurt, tsalafouti and other local products.
Kato Kalentini is located above the artificial lake of Pournari overlooking a spectacular mountain landscape hiding an impressive submerged village. It is the settlement of Fagos of Kato Kalentini, which disappeared after the creation of the dam.
At certain times of the year, especially in the autumn, when the dam is open and the lake level drops , the old buildings come to light such as the imposing building of the old elementary school looming as a ghost of the past. Remnants of another era swallowed by the water and ravaged by the power of nature. There are still the trees and the tree-rooftops from the settlement that sank into the waters.Most people though are ignorant of its existence. The construction of the Pournari Dam began in 1981 and was completed in 1997. It is the second largest in Greece after that of Mornos,whose base reaches a width of 450 meters and a height of 107 meters.
Kato Athamanio is located at the 35th km of the Arta-Trikala National Road . It extends along the national road from the 30th km and the village of Gonia, up to the 37th km in the settlement of Tavla. It is a small, sparsely populated village, consisting mainly of 4 – 5 basic settlements, at an altitude of 150 to 500 meters. In the center of the village there is the central square of Agorasia, the Church of Agios Georgios, and the old school. Three km east of the central village is the settlement of Agios Charalambos with its central square, school and its homonymous Church. 80% of the village is traditionally built with stone, in an environment where the natural scenery is composed by the torrent of Agorassiotis.
The altitude of the landscape, offers unique experiences all year round.
The polychromi of the hills, the planes along the streams, the rambling flow of Agorasiotis with its seven bridges, the geological peculiarity of its “crowns”, the stone houses, as well as the pure natural sounds in absolute natural tranquility, are the distinctive features of the landscape. Visitors and travelers can visit the historical preserved monument of”Mylos Kostavasili” at the location “Koulia”, 3 km from Agorasia in Sarantaporo river, the Athamanian Art Center with its small gallery of works of modern art, and enjoy the beautiful views of Pournari Lake, 5 km south of the village, as well as the view to the mountains offered from the highest settlement of the village, Agios Charalambos.
In the traditional cafes of the village, the visitor can taste local tsipouro and homemade dishes. In Ai-Giorgis there is the Athamanian Art Center, founded in August 2012 by the painter Vasilis Stavrou, aiming at the development of Fine Arts in the region. It has a social, non-profit goal and focuses on artistic teaching, research and creation. It includes a small gallery, an open workshop, an area for art camping and artistic activities.
Distrato is located at an altitude of 450m, 43 km from the city of Arta. Driving from Arta you travel along the length of the route with the artificial lake Pournari. The village is crossed by the Arachthos river. There are three points in village you can access the artificial lake from:Ag.Athanasios, Dafnoula and Trapezaki. Some interesting sights to visit are the rural museum of Ag. Athanasios Perama with tools from the agricultural and livestock production, the Tzamakeios Library in the main square of Distrato, the primary school in Ag. Faneromeni, where the 1st Conference of the Greek Resistance against the Germans in the region of Epirus took place, the traditional cafe in the central square of Distrato. There are also many churches such as those of Prophetis Elias at the highest point of the village( 500 m), the church of the Virgin Mary (Dafnoula), the church of Evangelistria,the church of Agios Georgios,the church of Ag.Triada in the central square of Distrato, the church of Ag .Faneromeni in the settlement of Trapezaki , the church of Ag.Athanasios in Perama .There are also some traditional festivities that are organized annually such those of Ag.Athanasios(Perama) on 1st May,the Holy day of Pentecost which is celebrated on the seventh Sunday of Easter in Ag.Triada church,the Dormition of The Virgin Mary festivity celebrated on 15th August in the church of Koimisis (Dafnoula),the festivities of Kouloura on the 17th August in the central square.
Settlements: Gouriana, Gravia, Kato Graikiko, Romanos, Seli
The village of Ano Graikiko is built on the eastern slopes of Tzoumerka, on the hill of Tzouma at an altitude of 650 meters. It is a small ,though, beautiful village of in a unique natural environment. One side offers a beautiful view to the large mountains and the other to the vast forests.
Very picturesque with stone roof-topped houses, narrow streets and a paved square, a meeting point for the locals, wherever you stand, stone benches and stone-built fountains with gurgling water running from the village’s springs reveal themselves. The village and the surrounding area are a favorite destination for those who love hiking .
Things of interest: Inside the village there is the Church of the Entrance of Virgin Mary into the Temple. In the wider area and the surrounding villages you will find the water mill of Gouriana and the Monastery of Chrysospiiotissa. In the village you will find fine meat, plenty of tsipouro and wine, local cheese and honey.The Folklore Museum by F. Hachoulis is also worth a visit.
Anemorrachi , at an altitude of 370 meters, 47 km from Arta ,is situated at a hill among rich and wild vegetation which makes it is difficult to reach. The Folklore Museum is located in the center of the village (in the old school) housing a plethora of old exhibits.
In the “Kastri” location at the eastern end of the village there are remnants of a Hellenistic -according to the archaeologists – Acropolis. A few meters below the top of the hill a wall section of the acropolis is preserved at a sufficient length, width and height. It is made of large limestone stone blocks some of which are scattered around the area bearing traces of carving tools on their surface.
Settlements: Vatatsi, Paliari, Fteriona, Milolithos (Dimounia) and Keramas.
Mikrospilia is located at the foot of Tzoumerk at an altitude of 720 m. It is 47 km from Arta and 60 km from Ioannina. One of the most beautiful villages in the mountain range of Tzoumerka Mikrospilia is built on the foot of the highest peak (Katafidi, 2393 m.). The older name of the village was Seresi or Seres (cherry tree), probably of a Slavic origin.
In the central square of Mikrospilia there is the two-storey stone-built building of the school in the place named “Paleoklisi” and is the property of the Church of Taxiarches. It was built in 1899 (17th June), and has been declared a Preserved Memorial of Modern Times by the Hellenic Ministry of Culture, as a work of art showing examples of simple local architecture. It is probably the earlier΄’ Koutseki’ of the area, that is, the grain collection and storage space of the “Dekati” tax.