The river has always been an important waterway joining civilizations down the millennia, facilitating communication and giving life to all the living things around it. This area, covered with important ecosystems and unique geology, provides habitat for a number of endemic, rare and protected species of flaura and fauna. In fact, part of the area belongs to the Northern Pindos National Park, one of the largest and most important terrestrial national parks in Greece.
It would seem that this river with its tributaries crossing the Infinite Gaea was beloved by many. That is why the places roundabout have been inhabited since ancient times. The dense forests, verdant pastures in the plains and plateaus, the water that flows in abundance throughout and the bio-diversity have made this land attractive to many different peoples down the millennia, whose cultures developed in harmony with the environment. Today, one can find traces of the hunter-gatherers of prehistory, of the Molosson culture, remnants of the activities of communities in Roman and Byzantine times, of the years of Ottoman dominion and of the land’s settlement in the modern era. Stone villages, arched bridges, watermills and water-powered saw-mills, fountains and fairy-fountains, local dialects and musical traditions come together in time and space to form a unique land.
This thematic route is broken down into three sections that illustrate this relationship between Man and the river and its importance in the area’s productive base, in the role it plays in folklore and traditions and of course, the area’s biodiversity.
The first section will lead you to flour - mills, washing pools, mantania (machines for pounding wool) and water-saws.