The coastal area in the northwest of PE Thesprotia, from the old estuary of Kalamas and to the Greek-Albanian border occupies the village of Sagiada. This is an area famous for fish farms from sea bream and favors, while its catches are famous. You must not leave the area without tasteing headaps and shrimp on her beach, the stitch, while the sunset in the area is amazing. Sagiada is a quiet seaside village. From there the view to the harbor is magnificent. Old Sagiada, although abandoned today worth a visit. It was built on the mountain slope and unfortunately burned in 1943 by the Germans. Today, only wrapped with ivy ruins remind the past. The “Gregory Tsogoukas” trail connecting the new and old Sagiada took its name from the most famous face of the area (fought for the release of the region from the Turkish occupation and was elected a Member during the Governance period of E. Venizelos). ). Immediately then you will see the Alonia in Kastri built there because the hill was next to a valley and so the location was ideal. “Recent excavations have brought to light a fortress from the Hellenistic period that is visited. Continuing on a slightly uphill path that passes through olive groves, we end up on the “pillow”, the old source of the village. Just on top of a huge one-piece rock is the church of Agios Nikolaos, built on ancient ruins. The visitor can regardless of the route he will choose to visit the old village and admire the destroyed mansions “), as well as the church of Agios Georgios and the square with the ever market. Of course, of course, the areas of natural interest in the region, given the Delta of the River River, which has rich flora and fauna. Suggested activities:
• Walk the Graphic Gorge of Kalama. “It has been included in the Natura 2000 network due to the rich flora and fauna and its enchanting landscape. At the entrance and exit of the gorge, the two ancient acropolises Osena and Raven, defy time as the rugged walls and churches with lead shale stand as guards for centuries. The canyon is easily accessible from Sagiada. On the way to Igoumenitsa turn left on the old highway to Ioannina and go to Plakotis and five churches. Before you enter the village, follow the road leading to “Paleochora” as the locals so call the ancient settlement. Continue until you reach the old Bridge Belier in Kalama. On the northeastern side of the bridge is the Acropolis of Osina with its ancient castles, Byzantine fortresses and post-Byzantine churches and monasteries.
Get into the gorge from the right bank of the river. In front of you, the ruins of a unique bridge (Bologna) that testify that this place was also a pass in antiquity. Caves on steep rocks above the river hosted many ascetics at intervals. You can reach the “Spirteries”, a place full of springs, without entering the river. (At some point after the river bed you should for a while to climb). If you decide to cross the gorge, you need to know that the route to “Gorakonememodem” location, which is the closest part of the gorge, has been interrupted and should be sure if you are properly trained, enter the river to go to the opposite Shore (for those who do not want to risk it, we suggest you stop there and start the route from the multidrodium side some other time). A little further you have to choose again if you want to walk in the river until “Anabilitika”, a beautiful place with many sources under the castle of Raven, and reach the village by following the road that ends in the river, or to go to the Left river bank and follow the path starting from an old watermill in order to end up in Polydrosos. Here you can visit the Folklore Museum of the village and dine in the café. Where and to finish your route, you can return by following the same road on foot or by car. The route takes about 4 hours and is difficult. You must be experienced climbers and river swimmers to complete it and, of course, careful and equipped appropriately. • Walk the “Kotsika – Old Sagiada” route. “On this route, the hiking follows the Greek-Albanian borderline. The walker has a panoramic view of Kalamas delta that is a Natura 2000 belt. We pass near the abandoned village of Lithosci and we end up in the designated traditional settlement of Old Sagiada (also abandoned). In the middle of the route at the “Pyramid” location, the walker has a unique panoramic view of the Buthful Lagoon (Albania) and the Kalama River Delta “. • Visit the archaeological site of Mistillitsa at the top of the homonymous hill, surrounded by the plains of the Kalama River. “From the city of Sagiada you get the way to your right, leading to the hill. There is no definite path from there. As soon as he reached the top of the hill, the visitor can admire the ruins of the strategically placed on the top of an ancient fortified settlement, overlooking the River Kalamas and his delta, nearby in the Castle Hersonissos of Lygia, the Ionian Sea, Corfu and the Harbor Sagiada. “• Visit the Monastery of Raios. “The picturesque monastery, hidden in hilly olive groves, is built on the left-hand side of the road from Igoumenitsa to Sagiada and is dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. It was probably built during the 12th or 13th centuries without it being completely ascertained. Because of its geographic location, several times were destroyed. It was renovated in 1865 by Monk Nathanuel.
The only preserved section today is its Catholic, which is a special architectural style with a temple, dome and cells in the main building and many frescoes that are unfortunately half-contained. A small monastic monk brotherhood lives there since 1989 and so the monastery remains visited. To those who like Byzantine monuments are really worth visiting. To flow at the harbor of Sagiada. ” • Visit the archaeological site of Istanan and 1.5 km. The dam. • Visit the city of Filiates. • Visit the village of Finiki, built on the slopes of the hill overlooking the surrounding plantations, with a well-preserved traditional architecture, currently protected through national legislation. Do not forget to visit the Folklore Museum and the stone arched bridge in the area. • Visit the village of Tsamadas.
• Visit the church of Agios Georgios
• Do not forget to try authentic local products such as cheese pie, sour cattle, yoghurt and honey, trachana, etc. For breakfast, along with a nice traditional coffee. At the harbor of Sagiada, you can enjoy fresh fish or drink your coffee and relax. It is worth trying the shrimps, which are local specialties.
• The seapath feast in Sagiada: In the seaside Municipality of Sagiada on August 6 each year is organized in collaboration with the Seafood Fish Association. In the famous Sagiada stage baked and served free, sea bream and wine, to those who are attending the feast, followed by a night full of singing and dancing. International Polyphonic Song Festival: Every summer usually in August, a Polyphonic Song Festival takes place with the participation of shapes from Greece and the Balkan countries. The events take place mainly in Filiates, Old Sagiada, in the river lamb and in the villages of Mourganas. • Come for carnival but also the koules. • Relax on one of the beaches of the area (tile & stuttle).