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A stone-built settlement & a Stargazing hotspot: Slow Travel Destination: Ktistades

A stone-built settlement & a Stargazing hotspot - Slow Travel Destination: Ktistades

Destination for nature & wellness-seekers:

Ktistades mountain settlement

Ktistades is a picturesque mountain settlement in Arta region and a year-round Slow Travel destination suitable for all tastes.

Ktistades is built at an altitude of 730 meters and has less than 150 permanent residents.

The stone-built settlement is named after the craftsmen living and working in the area of Arta and Epirus region, at the beginning of the 20th century.

Stargazing is highly recommended while experiencing the night skies of Ktistades through a 10-inch Sky-Watcher & possible to be arranged in Theasis Igloo;
An exceptional & Eco-friendly accommodation option situated near to Ktistades settlement.

Nature & Cutlural activities

If you love the water element Arachthos gorge & Achelous river and their peaceful trails are ideal for nature & wellness-seekers.

Trekking, kayaking, rafting, climbing, skiing, river trekking, mountain biking & running are some of the activities you may enjoy in the Tzoumerka area.

  Wat else is there?

There is a cultural centre and a Folks museum situated in the centre of Ktistades and three churches:

Saint Nikolaos, Saint Paraskevi, and Ekklesia Koimisi Theotokou which you can visit during your stay at Ktistades.

The National Park of Tzoumerka & its Paths network

The National Park of Tzoumerka  is to be found 5 km from Ktistades, occupies an area of about 820 km2 and its path network allows the traveller to explore the area Slow, on foot and admire the spectacular morphology of the Tzoumerka area.

There are about 145 bird species living here, as the Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetus) & Vulture (Gyps fulvus), hundreds of fish, reptiles and amphibians, and rare butterfly species.

A lot of rare and endemic species of plants are growing in this area, where the Otter, the Brown bear, and the Wild Goat presence indicate the ecosystem biodiversity found in the National Park of Tzoumerka.

What to bring with you?

Comfortable walking shoes
First aid kit
Water supplies
Do not forget: Respect the nature, biodiversity and locality that you visit
In Ktistades & the Tzoumerka area there are several stone bridges to cross, cultural monuments & traditional settlements to explore, and an astonishing natural environment to discover!
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