KONITSA REGION/NATURAL GEOGRAPHY
Between the mountains of Grammos in the north, of Smolikas in the east, Gamila in the South, Nemertsika and Camenic in the west, the area of Konitsa with its magnificent peaks, its deep and imposing gorges, its long, winding rivers (Aoos, Voidomatis, Sarantaporos) with their various tributary rivers and currents, challenges visitors to walk along enjoyable routes, explore, climb and be adventurous. Untouched ecosystems. 1700 types of flora, some of which are indigenous. Golden eagles proudly flying in the fine and clean air, nimble wild goats and deer enjoying the crystal, cool water, a brown bear proudly dragging a cherry-tree branch heavy with fruit, traces of a wild boar: Precious snapshots of a unique nature that is protected by national and international legislation. With traces of inhabitants from the early Paleolithic age, it experienced moments of happiness in the classical and Hellenistic period, reaching the peak of its glory during the ottoman domination: It suffered from the Second World War and the civil war that followed it and almost became devastated due to the internal and external emigration wave which had been afflicting it for ages, reaching its peak in the decades 1950-1970. The masterpieces of its craftsmen made it famous around the world. Following are some undisputable testimonials to their artistry: the monasteries and churches, the bridges, mills, springs, communities, cobbled roads and thresh yards of local residents and their neighbors, the paintings and hagiographies of local residents and residents of the village Hionadites, the wood carved items of the residents of Gorgopotamos.