Aziz Aga Bridge

Orliakas’ bridges

There is a mountain that it is not very high, the weather is usually wet and its villages are not very beautiful, but it is full of views to please your eyes. It is most famous for its bridges standing over Venetikos and Velonias rivers, others for centuries and others for decades.

Having only a couple of days and a 2WD car, you can see the most famous bridges. If you would like to visit all, you should be on a 4WD car.

Getting to Trikomo from Egnatia, turn left to Mavraneous taking the Grevena-Vovousa provincial road. After passing Mavraneous turn left to Stavros and Trikomo villages. If it is end of August you will be probably lucky to be at the Wine Celebrations that take place at Trikomo every year.

Just before arriving there, there is a left u-turn that will lead you to Aziz Aga bridge which is the highest bridge in Macedonia! It was built in 1727 and still under the bridge you can see the bell that has the role of an alarm. When the bell is ringing loudly, it means the wind is blowing so strong, that the pass from the bridge is prohibited.

Aziz Aga Bridge
Aziz Aga Bridge

Riding back the same road to Mavraneous, turn left to Ziakas. On the road you will not miss the Ziakas bridge. It stands there since 1885, so it’s worth few of your time to admire.

Ziakas is a very good location to stay overnight and restart the next day.

Ziakas Bridge
Ziakas Bridge

Leaving Ziakas I only had one thing in mind; all stories I had heard about Spileo, of how much beautiful it is, alternative and not touristic. At the vertical rocks at the entrance of the village you can try your climbing skills as it a climbing field, but only if you are well equipped and experienced.

Spileo
Spileo

Arriving, I was left speechless of the unobstructed view that spreads over the Thessalian plain and in a clear day reaches up to Mount Olympus.

The position of this village climbed up on the mountain is unique and crossing the village up to the beginning of the path to Portitsa Bridge will leave you no doubts. There, you can also find a kiosk to rest and enjoy.

Instead of walking down the path which is about 2 km long, you may also take a 6km good gravel road that can take you to that famous bridge built in 1743 and since then, standing as majestic gates in front of the Portitsa gorge.

Portitsa Bridge
Portitsa Bridge

Getting back from the same road, do not turn right to Spileo again, but turn left instead, to Lavda, Panorama, Smixi. This road takes you to Vasilitsa Ski Center. You can visit these villages or just pass them through, depending your time.

Anyway you will enjoy the wonderful route passing by the Ski Center. Heading to Distrato, about 1,5km later you will see a sign “Λίμνη” on your right hand, take the path and reach Distratos alpine lake which stands opposite Smolikas and Timphi mountains and it’s worth the stop.

Distratos alpine lake

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