onitsa, capital of the Konitsa County, is a small town located at the northern part of the Prefecture of Ioannina in the areaof Greece called Epirus. Placed amphitheatrically high on the mountain Gimnadi, it surveys the fertile plains that are plumed and watered by three famous rivers: Aoos, Voidomatis and Sarantaporos. Its symbol is a unique artifact by the foreman of stonemasonry Ziogas Frontzos. This is the traditional bridge of Ipiros that comes into view on your right just before you enter the small town. It is one of the highest and broadest one-arched bridge of the Balkans and represented a glorious masterpiece at the time (1823-1871).
It may sound excessive but the area of Konitsa focuses the interest of all those that deal with adventurous activities. The place is gifted and offers many choices for novices, as well as the initiated. First of all, one of the easiest activities that anyone could do is walking. Two of the most exciting routes are unraveled along the two rivers. While following in reverse the flow of Aoos (ananti) you reach after 1,5 hours the abandoned Monastery Stomiou. The view in one of the tightest spots of the river’s canyon is breathtaking, while the monastery itself stands ominously over the area.
R espectively on Voidomatis the most easy but also the most exciting path starts from the bridge of Klidonia and ends across the monastery of Panagia Spiliotissa, on the road that joins Aristi with Papigo. One can follow the same route, but in reverse, in an inflated river boat (raft) or floating in a single-seated inflated canoe (monoraft).
Konitsa's buildings (build with stones) and streets are typical of the Epirotic architecture. Walking towards the Ano Konista, a visitor can admire the beautiful villas that were build during the Ottoman occupation. The house of Chamko, mother of Ali Pasa, the villa of Xousein Bei. Most of the houses, churches and monuments are a jewelry to Konitsa. The church of "St. Kosmas the Aitolos" is located a few meters bellow the central square. Next to the church is the statue of Metropolitan Sebastianos (+1994). His grave is at the Monastery of Panagia (Virgin Mary) of Molybdoskepastos.
Grand Hotel Dentro is situated in the region of Konitsa, that is only 45 minutes away from the city of Ioannina. In order to reach Konitsa, you can follow the following roots mentioned. Departure points are the two largest cities in Greece.
ATHENS - KONITSA
THESSALONIKI - KONITSA
GPS: N 40° 02' 40,1" E 20° 45' 00,0"
From Thessaloniki, the quickest way is through the town of Veroia and Kastania. You will not drive for more than 4 hours. The scenery is magical.
At your upper left side, you will see the huge mountain-tops of Tymfi while at your right hand-side you will see the mountain Smolike. The site is unique in Greece. From Vasiltsa to Konista it is about 60klm unlimited wild beauty. Keep on mind that it may not be possible to travel this way in the winter.