TRADITIONAL STONE VILLAGES
There are 46 stone-built villages in Zagori. The Greek Ministry of Culture has officially proposed they should be added to the UNESCO World Heritage list as a Greek “cultural landscape”. Most of the buildings we see today were built in the 19th century. The best- preserved villages are Dilofo, Kapesovo, Koukouli, Megalo and Mikro Papigo, Kipi, Vitsa, Vradeto, Monodendri, Elafotopos, Dikorfo and many more.
The Astraka Refuge is located at an altitude of 1950m in Radovoli place, specifically in the neck formed between the peaks of Astraka and Lapatos. The refuge was constructed in 1966 on the initiative of the Alpine Club of Ioannina and Mountaineering Group of Papigo. In 2004 it was renovated and expanded to its current form. The shelter can accommodate 51 people in total during the summer months in rooms with bunk beds. The shelter provides beds, pillows and blankets. Guests must have with them a pair of sheets or a liner or lightweight sleeping bag and a pillowcase. The refuge is open daily from May to October.