your food with special local cheeses.
At Samarina hostel you will find the ideal place to spend a few days of relaxation and peace , in an idillyc traditional enviroment.
Built inside the village of Samarina by wood and stone it offers you the possibility to escape from the intense rythm of life and to enjoy excellenttraditional spices or just drink your coffee , at an altitude of 1600 meters with a view to the piney slopes of Smolikas. Nearby the National Ski Center of Vasilitsa, Valia Kalda and the famous clodhopper-villages, Ávdella, Perivoli, Smixi, ..
Here you will also find the indeed very good wine"Lisios", of biological cultivation in variational stage , white and red, which comprises a match of qualitative brands and is bottled specially for the "Samarina Parlitsi" business consumption.
Samarina the largest, and most famous clodhopper-village, not only of the prefecture of Grevena, but entire Greece too, is the settlement which lies higher than any other in our country, at 1600m. altitude, under the highest peak or Pindos, peak Smolikas with an altitude of 2637m.
Samarina met its flourishing days at the end of the 18th sentury and during the 19th. Its prosperity was based on several activities, but mostly on cattle-breeding,small industry, trading and arts. The main financial source was cattle-breeding (the Samarinians counted 80.000 goats and sheeps) as also the wood industry(Valia Kirna (the valley of the Demons)in the past consisted a source of aqueous energy as there were five watersaws working necessary for the carpenters of the time).
The Samarinians hagiograpers of mobile paintings , were giving remarkable works of art not only to the surrounding area but to entire Greece too.
The clodhoppers of Samarina continue giving a special cultural identityto the area.Wherever they are they come here every August the 15th to express their consistency through dance and revelry at the biggest festival of the village. On August the 16th,the day after the festival the whole village assembles in the big yard of the village's church for the famous dance "Tsiatsios".
Other fairs which are held in Samarina are on June the 23rd êáé 24th, at the festival of St John Kleidonas and on September the 8th êáé 9th at the festival of Little Mary (Mikri Panagia).
Furthermore, on October the 28th every year is the Traditional March held, something unique throughout Greece.
It is worth to mention that the clodhoppers of Pindos were always christians and with deep greek conscience, while together with the greek language they speek an idiomatic latin language.
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