Hiking Among Waterfalls in the Agrafa Mountains

We were on the hunt for the famed waterfalls of the Agrafa Mountains — ready for anything in our way.

Okay, so that ended up including wild mushrooms and fruit plants, lush mountain slopes, a lonely but lovely mountain house and little stone paths. We were a group of travel bloggers on a trip to discover Central Greece.

Hiking the Agrafa Mountains

Our hiking in Greece excursion began on a crisp May morning after a full breakfast of locally sourced products at the Montanema Handmade Village. Our Travel Bloggers Greece group then met up with Constantinos.  He was a local hiking tour guide and mountain nature lover sourced by our hosts at Montanema to tell us about the scenic slice of the Pindos Mountains that he has known since his childhood.

Beauty of the Greek mountains.

Beauty of the Greek mountains

 

Hand painted signs marked the way down the mountain slope. We were in pure outdoorsy, nature-loving, hiking aficionado territory. The closest city was Karditsa (about 30 minute drive away) and even closer were a handful of small villages including Anthohori which is now home to the new five-star Montanema hotel resort village.

katarraktes means waterfalls

Katarraktes means waterfalls

 

Located in the southernmost part of the Pindos range, the Agrafa region famously held complete autonomy during four centuries of Ottoman Turkish rule over Greece.  In fact, the Greek word agrafa translates to unwritten or uncharted. The name was fitting. Since the Ottomans couldn’t conquer the mountainous area, the population darted the sultan’s tax books. They lived freely from Ottoman rule for so long.

Loved this lonely infinity pool in the trail, part of a lonely house

 

In fact, the hiking trails around the Montanema Village were somewhat unwritten and uncharted as well. The idea for the village was planted 15 years ago when the owners were hiking and stumbled upon a little home hidden in the  landscape.

house in the pindos mountains

House in the Pindos mountains that inspired Montanema?

 

Reaching the Waterfalls

They envisioned Montanema to be a part of that landscape. It opened last year as a unique accommodation that reflects the mountainous beauty of Greece.  That was also how the marked hiking trails around it became a reality and how more people are now discovering the hiking possibilities around Agrafa and the outdoor activities around Lake Plastiras.

As we continued on the easy path down, the gurgling sounds of brooks and clashes of water against rocks echoed through the path.  In less than an hour later we made it to the big waterfall. Its clear waters ran swiftly into a babbling brook over brown mossy rocks. The water was drinkable and refreshing.

The waterfalls of the Agrafa Mountains in Greece.

The waterfalls of the Agrafa Mountains in Greece

 

Lovely path in Agrafa Mountains.

Lovely path in Agrafa Mountains

 

More streams on the hike near Montanema Handmade Village.

More streams on the hike near Montanema Handmade Village.

We continued on to find a bridge and more falls. Past the bridge we came face to face with a flat, carved wall of rock that was the perfect backdrop for some photos.

Bridge in the Agrafa Mountains, Karditsa.

Bridge in the Agrafa Mountains, Karditsa

 

There was certainly more to hike. Some of us opted to turn back.  The sun glowed a bit stronger as we headed back up the slope. Still, it was a fairly easy climb with a few rest stops. We followed Constantinos to another arm of the hiking trail he knew well that led to another area of emerald green, dotted with wild mushrooms and strawberries.

Lunch at the Montanema Village

Back at the village we met up for a group lunch hosted by the Montanema Village restaurant.  We passed around the strong ouzo that complemented various local dishes included local sausage, Greek beet and potato salads and my favorite discovery, a cornmeal savory pie.

Amazing savory pita with corn.

Amazing savory pita with corn

 

With the TBGers.

With the TBG gang!

We toasted to a great day.  We ended our mission, our hunt for the region’s waterfalls, with new appreciation for the history of the Agrafa Mountains gaining first hand knowledge of its wild nature and fantastic local cuisine.  After the hike, it was easy to understand how Greece’s breathtaking mountains inspired a one-of-a-kind eco-resort.

I’ll end with a few pics that show…

Greek Travel Blogger Hiking Fun

tbg group selfie

TBG group selfie!

 

Selfie result

 

Check out more fantastic posts about the TBG trip to the Montanema Handmade Village from my fellow TBG members and hiking buddies. You’ve seen their mugs above in that super selfie above!

Chris and Mary from A Greek Adventure

Kevin and Eley from Meet Culture

Rebecca from Life Beyond Borders

Elena Sergeeva from Passion for Greece

Celeste & Marianne from Family Goes Out

Dimitrios from Photography Traveler

tbg group goes hiking together

We blog, we hike!

 

Where to stay: Montanema Handmade Village

Check out my review here.

Have you ever been hiking in the Pindos Mountains?

 

 

Comments (2)

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    Marble Mountain Ranch

    Heard a lot about this Agrafa Mountains and it is a very beautiful place to hike. Just looking at the photos, everyone will know how beautiful it is.

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      Marissa Tejada

      Thanks for stopping by! Yes, they are lovely mountains. It is another face of Greece, really. I hope you go one day 😀

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