“Syrrako” village is located in the north-western part of Greece, called “Epirus” and more specifically at “Tzoumerka” region.
The proud, imposing Tzoumerka mountain chain stands in a wild area which remains untouched by the modern civilization. Deep gorges, bare rocks, rich natural environment, impetuous rivers and traditional settlements are some of the characteristics that compose a scenery of unique wild beauty. The greatness of nature meets history and tradition and life follows nature’s call, far from the noise and stress of the urban areas.On the steep slopes of Tzoumerka mountains are Tzoumerkochoria villages which are built like aeries. Old churches, pre industrial civilization monuments (threshing floors, watermills and water rollers), as well as well-known stone bridges, impress every visitor. Tzoumerka mountains have entered the European network Natura 2000
Syrrako is often called as “the stately village of Epirus”. We are talking about a mountain community clinging to the slopes of the Pindus mountain range at a height of 1.200m. Its rare beauty and unique architecture with stone-built arched bridges, fountains, traditional water taps and stone houses with tiled roofs combine to create a whole which is in perfect harmony with nature. It has a rich tradition of music and dance and has kept its natural heritage intact. In 1975 it was designated as a settlement of particular natural beauty, with rare biodiversity, and region of special protection by the Ministry of Culture.
Flashback to History
The place, ideal for nomadic stock breeding, was inhabited before the 15th century. During the Ottoman occupation and while enjoying a privileged treatment, it developed immensely. During those years, financial growth both in Syrrako as well as for other mountain communities of Pindus, was based on livestock and its by-products: wool, overcoats, wool textiles, leather, milk, cheese, butter. Transport and trade where accordingly grounded on the above products, thus familiarizing Syrrako with the world abroad, while playing a leading role to its economic and cultural development.