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Another route, 12 km from Matsouki, leads to the crossing of Baros, known as the “Baros pass”. The road to the left leads to Kalarrytes and to right through a stunning beauty path between canyons, steep slopes and dense forests it reaches Anthousa and the villages of Aspropotamos in Thessaly. Baro’s neck is one of the three accessible mountain passes from Thessaly to Epirus . At the point where the mountains of Kakarditsa and Peristeri meet at an altitude of 1905m. is one of the most difficult passages of Pindos known for the snowstorms that suddenly break out even in the spring. Here were until 1912 the Greek-Turkish borders. The mountain crossing of Baros was known for many centuries before in the caravans of the transports carrying people and merchandise, as well as in the Pindos tseligades, which were raising their flocks every summer from the Thessaly winters high up in the alpine meadows of Pindos for free grazing. Moreover, it was a strategic point and its occupation was necessary for the movement of the army from Epirus to Thessaly and vice versa. At that time the villages of the area sank from life! Later, the Civil War and the new living conditions led to the desertion of the area and the mountainous passage of Baros to become obsolete and forgotten.

Since many years now there have been drilling and asphalting works on the road and in 2013 the last piece of asphalt was delivered.

This area of Central Pindos, which is considered one of the most beautiful in the country, is unfortunately threatened by the ever-increasing human interventions that shatter and alter the alpine highlands and brutally disturb the ecosystem.

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  • mircea January 23, 2019 at 3:37 pm

    We are from Romania and want to take this step from Ioannina. Which is the best way for the car; lazena- matzouki or petrovouni-kalarites? Are you simpler by kalarites or matsouki ? Thanks

    • Myrto February 7, 2019 at 1:28 pm

      Hello Mircea! Here are 2 options for different routes you can take. The best one depends on what you like to see:

      – Route from Ioannina – Koutselio – Tsimovo Bridge – Kedros – Petrovouni – Palaiochori – Prosilio. It is approximately 45 km. There is a junction to Syrrako before Prosilio. It is 10 km to go and 10 km to come back.
      – Prosilio – Mystras – Kipina Monastery – Filos Bridge – Kouiasas Bridge – Kalarrytes. It is approximately 15 km. Kalarrytes – Baros is an approximate 12 km distance. It is a mountainous course with consecutive turns and asphalt (but in some places the road needs repair). Do not forget to fill your gas from Ioannina. From Baros to the Monastery of Galaktrofousa it is 11 km of asphalt.

      Always calculate a little bit more time than the one indicated in google maps.

      The best season to visit is from May until October.

  • Gulli November 1, 2019 at 12:27 pm

    These are some great pictures!

    Does anyone know if the road through Metsovo – Chaliki – Baros Pass – Kalarite is free of snow in mid April and safe by bicycle? I am planning a cycling trip through and I am not sure if it is feasible or it would be too dangerous.

    Thank you

    • Myrto December 14, 2019 at 5:19 pm

      Hello Gulli, it is hard to say if there would be snow in mid April, as the altitude is 2000 meters and some times there is still snow. So it really depends on how the winter has been. If you can be flexible, the best time to visit is the end of May when the snow will have melted. I hope this helps 🙂

  • Christine Hans Rika July 31, 2020 at 8:56 pm

    Hello and thank you for this blog is a true inspiration.. Christine Hans Rika

  • Gianluca August 7, 2022 at 7:21 pm

    We are going to drive our road motorbikes to Baros pass in the next days. Do you know if the road from Metsovo is pawed or is a gravel road?

    • Amalia Lampri August 9, 2022 at 9:46 am

      Hi Gianluca, the road from Metsovo to Baros pass is paved so you should be able to drive your motorbike. We hope you have a great time!

  • Ryan October 5, 2022 at 5:57 am

    We cycled Baros from the North side, heading towards Kalarites. Highly recommended. It was amazing. Late August, early September time. Weather was cool. Only us on bicycles. Passed by many touring motorbikes.

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