GREVENA - ALTERNATIVE DESTINATION
North Pindos National Park is one of the most important protected areas in Europe. It includes two National Parks of Vikos and Valia Calda, 11 areas of the Network of Protected Areas "Natura 2000", the whole area of Zagori, part of Konitsa and Metsovo and the western part of Grevena. Valia Calda, which means warm valley is one of the most magical places in Europe. The valley is crossed by several streams, with Arkoudorema being the most important of the last brown bear habitats,72 species of birds, 6 species of amphibians and 7 species of reptiles have been counted, which are rarely protected worldwide. The mushrooms that are hosted in the forest is another reason that makes it special. The Mushroom Museum in Lavda hosts wild natural mushrooms, dried, as well as sculptures, in showcases which are a miniature of nature. The areas are one of the best for hiking as Samarina passes the international mountaineering path of Smolikas with Drakolimni and the big waterfall known as Kremasto water.
The route of Avdela is part of the international path E6 on the axis Valia Calda - Perivoli - Avdella - Vasilitsa Ski - Samarina. The roads of Valia Calda are also ideal for cycling as excellent cycling tours start from the Vovousa Shelter. The National Ski Center of Vasilitsa, one of the most beautiful and largest in Greece that stretches on two slopes of Mount Vasilitsa. Characteristic is the landscape of wild natural beauty that surrounds it. It has slopes of all difficulties and for children, lifts and walking paths. Winter sports enthusiasts are sure to find "shelter" here. It has sixteen slopes, offering guests unique experiences and for those who want something special, night skiing is offered on a low-light slope. Extreme sports enthusiasts will find activities such as horseback riding, archery or climbing, under the guidance of experienced guides. The paragliding is a unique experience and in recent years Vounasa is an excellent destination as conditions favor.