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Pramada

Welcome to Pramada, a village where you have no worries related to the feeling of isolation from the rest of the world, as it is fully equipped with all services needed for a traveler, even in case of emergency (i.e. a small medical center and a Pharmacy, a gas station, an ATM, even a Post Office).
Pramada -57 km southeast of Ioannina and 66 km northeast of Arta- is the biggest village (“Kefalochori”) of the Western Tzoumerka region with a population of about 500 permanent inhabitants. It is located amphitheatrically at an altitude of 840 m at the foot of the Strongoula Mountain (2,112 m). Just a few minutes before you arrive in Pramada, you shall not miss a visit to the beautiful Anemotrypa Cave. Today, 270 m of ιit’s total 350 m length can be visited. The cave has three levels with impressive stalactites and stalagmites, waterfalls, an underground river, lakes and beautiful colors. If lucky enough you can enjoy hand-made local Epirus’ pies (with vegetables or meat) in its canteen.
Arriving at Pramada’s beautiful central square you will see the ancient majestic plane tree and the historical fountain Arapis (cold and -as the villagers claim- cathartic water), as well as the village’s most prominent ornament: the church of Agia Paraskevi. On the right side of the church, there stands the beautiful traditional -of Epirus- building of the (primary) school of the village. Surrounded by few, but of great quality taverns (their owners are animal farmers and butchers and therefore specialists in meat cooking) and coffee-shops, you must definitely enjoy your meal in one of them and have a coffee under the plane tree. And you are located at a starting point for excursions in the area not only to many other villages of Tzoumerka (Kallarites, Syrrako, Melissourgoi, Agnanta, Katarraktis, etc), but also to the magnificent forests of the area (lovers of mountain walks will find many trails leading to the peak of Strongoula or to Melissourgous village) to Arachthos River, to impressive Monasteries (Kipina and Viliza) and churches, to the traditional watermill of Christi (a small village 6 km from Pramada) and many many more places to see.
Last, but most important personal tip on Pramada: on your way to Melissourgoi, DO NOT miss to take the road leading to the mountain shelter of Strongoula (just 3 km from the main street). There, you will not only admire one of the most awesome views of the Tzoumerkan Land, but you will also meet Babis and Paula, an urban couple who left the noisy life of Athens around 10 yrs ago and moved to Pramada in order to run this shelter and as they practically live in the shelter, you will definitely taste their cuisine as well, at least their famous delicious homemade lemonade.

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