A beautiful remote village


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Laista is the third largest village in the municipality of Tymfi. It is located 80 km from Ioannina. More specifically, its location is at an altitude of 1020m on the slopes of the hill Kleftis and thus it is the most remote village. During the 18th and 19th century Laista was the only town of Zagoria, with about 3000 inhabitants. However, the occupying German army destroyed the village during the cleansing operations of 1943-44.

Currently it has about 127 residents. | The Gorilla Media | The Gorilla Media


Useful phone numbers:

Police: 100
Tourist Police (EOT Information): 171
Fire Service: 199

How to get to Laista: From Ioannina in the direction of Konitsa, after the village of Metamorfosi you will take the road network to the right towards the Central and West Zagori – Kapesovo – Tsepelovo – Skamneli – Laista.

There have been several opinions during the last decades about the origin of its name. More specifically, the word Laista is derived from the words: lai-sta and means: blackish sit (the sites). The word lai is purely Aromanian (Latin-origin Vlach dialect). In addition, the word sta (sitting) is derived from the ancient Greek verb stand (stand).

Those that stay in the village during the winter will have noticed that, when it starts to snow, the sites around the village are the first to be whitewashed and then follows the village. The residents of Laista, who among other things were occupied with farming, naturally noticed that this part does not hold snow as the surrounding areas. Therefore, the place was related to the identification of areas where they could graze animals in the winter.

The selection of the site for the installation and moving of the residents of neighbouring settlements, which were dissolved, is not random after all. Laista is a beautiful village with a stunning view that really captivates you. One’s eye travels over the top of the trees to the Alpine figure of the famous “Red Korfi” of Tymfi or “Tsuka Rossa ‘in Vlach.

Today the village lives from farming, logging and its two guesthouses.

In the last years, the intense landslides pose a threat to the village. It was built on materials from previous successive landslides and in the 1960s the first damages were noticed. Unfortunately, the uncontrolled water flow erodes the underground. Scientists believe that they should take immediate measures in order to save the village. However the State, as usual, is indifferent.

By walking through the village, you can visit the church of the Archangels (1770 AD) as well as those of Agios Nikolaos, Agios Dimitrios, Agios Georgios. Also, you should visit the tree where Kosmas of Aetolia taught Saint Charalambos.

Visitors may also visit the old mill which was recently restored by the Mountaineering Association of the village. Finally, one can also visit the the old village school (1908) as well as the neighborhood with the old mansions on the top of the village.

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1 comment
  • Paul July 5, 2018 at 3:29 pm

    My grandfather, George Lambrakis, was from this village. His father was a priest there, who went by the name Papaeconomos. I’d love to visit someday!

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