Vourgareli

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Settlements: Gianitsi, Kampos, Kouveli, Omali, Palaiochori, Skiadades

Vourgareli is located on the southern side of Tzoumerka (Athamanica Mountains) at an altitude of 800 meters and is built on the outskirts of Tzoumerka between the fringes of two  fir-lined hills .

It is one of the main villages and the seat of the Municipality of  Kentrika  Tzoumerka . There is a Health Center,a Police Station,a City Hall, a Creative  Center for Children,  the Tzoumerka National Park Information Office,a  Middle School and a High School, a traffic park,a football stadium, a supermarket, various shops, several hotels as well as tavernas and cafes.  Arta (58 km), Ioannina (85km) and Trikala (90km) are situated nearby. The two large rivers of the area, Acheloos and Arachthos, are nearby, as well as the Mesochora dam and the artificial lake of Pournari.

The origin of the name is uncertain. It presumably originates from the surname of some Vourgarelis, a logger of the region, or from Bulgarian loggers who settled in the area due to the existence of the forests and running waters, with a view to transfer timber to Arta.

It is surrounded by lush vegetation, springs and running waters that end up in two rivers on the edge of the village.

The most important sights of the village include its stone arched bridges, which are located in the Korai stream, in Kamara, as well as the famous Neraidogefyro bridge, the Leptokarya spring, the monastery of Ag. Georgios, the Byzantine Red Church, the waterfall at Giannitsi, and the traditional watermills at Paleokatouno.

The  elevated paved square and the cobbled path leading to the stone fountains “Archonto” and “Crystallo” are of unique beauty.According to tradition,whoever drinks water from the fountains will get married in Vourgareli.