Kostitsi 2019-04-18T18:50:36+00:00

Kostitsi

Kostitsi is a small village perched at 870 m. altitude in the Northern Tzoumerka Mountains situated in the south-eastern part of the prefecture of Ioannina. There is a traditional “kafeneio” which serves local delicacies, a basket ball court, a playground and the largest 5 star hotel in the area. The village has retained its traditional character with its cobbled streets, threshing grounds and charming stone houses build by the renowned Tzoumerkan stone masons. It is surrounded by footpaths of all categories of difficulty whether it be for walking, trekking or mountain climbing.

It is an ideal rural escape as visitors while enjoying the infinite peace and quiet of the village, are only a 25 minutes car drive from the lively city of Ioannina and is easily accessible as it is a mere 15 minutes away from both the Egnatia and Ionia motorways. Additionally, the rafting starting point of the Arachthos river takes only 10 minutes to get too as does the Elliniko village with its Byzantine Tsouka Monastery founded in 1190 and the “Theodoros Papagiannis” Museum of Contemporary Art.

Formerly, it was part of the community of Fortosi, which consisted of the settlements of Kostitsi, Nistora, Patero and Fortosi. Kostitsi was first settled in the 17th century.

Legend has it that a little further outside the village, in Lati, there was a large settlement, named Latio, which was struck by a terrible plague in 1740. Only four brothers who were called Kostas, Nestoras, Petros and Fotis survived. These four brothers built the villages that still bear their names today, namely “Kostitsi” (Kostas), “Nistora” (Nestoras), “Patero” (Petros) and “Fortosi” (Fotis). Kostitsi still retains the name of its founder, apart from a brief period when it was named Kallithea. The name Kallithea (Beautiful View) was not given by chance, as a short distance away, at a height of 950 meters by the chapel of Prophet Elias and at Alzioara one can enjoy the breathtaking view of the Arachthos Gorge, the Alp like mountains of Tzoumerka with the pyramid shaped peak of Strongoula (2,100 m.).