Pentagioi

Pentagii is a picturesque village of the province of Dorida, at a height of 950 m. above sea level. It is a well-known village, mainly due to the legendary Maria Pentagiotissa, a woman of exceptional beauty with many suitors crawling to their knees to win her love. Her life became the source of inspiration for a folk song with several versions and variations. 

Like the rest of the villages of mountainous Dorida, Pentagii also played an important role during the Greek War of Independence. A case in point is the battle of Pentagii, on July 30, 1821. 

One of the main characteristics of the village is its rich flora, which is the result of several streams and springs, facilitating the growth of fruit-bearing trees and gardening. Apple trees, fig trees, walnut trees, plum trees, cherry trees, cherry plum trees, and sycamore trees are prevalent in Pentagii, which is surrounded by mountain tops and hills full of firs and oaks. 

Things to see in Pentagii is the paved square, with the centenarian sycamore tree towering in the centre, and the church of Pammegistoi Taxiarches, with its fine woodcut altarpiece. A walk to the “big fountain”, a recreational area in the “lower village”, with five streams of crystal-clear water and a playground, will satisfy visitors. Another place to visit is the manor house of Alexandros Papoulias, a bequest to the community to serve as a Cultural Centre. The building has a special cultural room, named “Vardoussia School of Free Speech”.

Visitors can take a tour around the hiking trails that lead to numerous beautiful chapels and churches. 

Finally, it is worth mentioning the traditional festival that takes place in the square of the village on the feast day of St Panteleimon (July 26 – 27). 

The village has been drawing several types of tourists. Sightseers, hikers, climbers, and hunters can explore mountainous Dorida and discover its unique beauties. Mountainous Dorida is also ideal for adventurers and lovers of motorcycle tourism, as it has many forest and off-road trails that promise riders an adrenaline rush.