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Epirus is a traditional geographic and modern administrative region in northwestern Greece. It borders the regions of West Macedonia and Thessaly to the east, West Greece to the south, the Ionian Sea and Ionian Islands to the west and Albania to the north. The region has an area of about 9,200 km2 (3,600 sq mi). It is part of the wider historical region of Epirus, which overlaps modern Albania and Greece but lies mostly within Greek territory.

Not just the arch bridge makes Konitsa attractive for campers

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Not just the arch bridge makes Konitsa attractive for campers

After an adventurous journey crossing the Pindos mountains, we visited the district capital Konitsa together with George from Camper stop Bourazani, which is located only a few kilometers from the Albanian border.

Pindos - Cosy villages and exciting bridge constructions

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Pindos - Cosy villages and exciting bridge constructions

Our tour through the Pindos National Park had first led us to the villages of Kapesovo and Koukouli, both of them, so at least local documents, were founded in the 13th century.

Monaster Molivdokskepasti with its wondrous icons!

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The monastery Molivdokskepasti with its wondrous icons!

Only a few hundred meters away from the border with Albania, in the Konitsa region, the Monastery of Molivdoskepasti, dedicated to the Domitian and the Virgin Mary, is situated since the 13th century.

Exploring Pindos Mountains - Hiking to the Vikos Gorge

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Exploring Pindos Mountains - Hiking to the Vikos Gorge

During our stay at Camping Vrachos in Kastraki at Meteora monasteries we also had the idea of a first exploration to the Pindos mountain range in Ioannina, especially to "explore" the  famous Vikos Gorge.

Bourazani - Stopover at Tsipouro Distillation

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Bourazani - Stopover at Tsipouro Distillation

From the middle of autumn to the end of the year, Tsipouro will also be distilled in the region of Bourazani, which, according to Giorgos, normally requires a special license for the producer.

Bourazani at Pindos - A water mill for carpet washing

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Bourazani at Pindos - A water mill for carpet washing

During our introductory discussions Giorgos also told us about one of the many special features in the mountain village of Bourazani, which can be easily reached on foot from the local camper stop: the local watermill, which is also used here for washing the carpets of local residents due to the available water power.

Bourazani - walk along the Aoos River

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Bourazani - walk along the Aoos River

After the somewhat tricky descent from the heights of the Pindos due to the many snow and ice fields now end of November we could already arrive in Bourazani at noon, a serpentine-rich, but beautiful route was behind us.

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