Refuge in Smolikas Mountain
Refuge in Smolikas Mountain
Refuge in Smolikas Mountain
Refuge in Smolikas Mountain
Refuge in Smolikas Mountain
Refuge in Smolikas Mountain
Refuge in Smolikas Mountain
Refuge in Smolikas Mountain
Refuge in Smolikas Mountain
Refuge in Smolikas Mountain
Refuge in Smolikas Mountain
Refuge in Smolikas Mountain
Refuge in Smolikas Mountain
Refuge in Smolikas Mountain
  • x 24
  • x 24

Refuge in Smolikas Mountain

  • Paleoselli, Konitsa, Smolikas, Ioannina, Epirus
  • Bunk bed in a shelter room
  • Yes
Description
Smolikas is the second highest mountain in Greece, after Olympus, with an altitude of 2637m. The Smolikas mountain refuge is a stone building at an altitude of 1750m, at the foot of Mount Smolika, at 'La Nane'.

A total of up to 24 people can be accommodated and overnight stays in rooms for 6 people with bunk beds.
 
Facilities
  • Fireplace
  • Wood stove
  • Shower
  • Restaurant
  • Bed linen
  • Parking
  • Outdoor furniture
The shelter is surrounded by a dense forest of white pine (robolo).
The shelter does not have a permanent power supply, but operates a generator at specific times for the needs of the shelter.
After sunset the interior of the shelter is illuminated with oil lamps and the absolute absence of light pollution offers a magical spectacle in the sky.

Common areas include a lounge with stove, fireplace and two large dining rooms, a shower, and separate male / female WCs.
Paleoselli-Shelter 30min
Konitsa-Paleoselli 40min
Ioannina-Konitsa 50min
Ioannina-Paleoselli (via Konitsa) 1h30min
Ioannina-Paleoselli (via Zagorochoria) 2h
Athens-Paleoselli (via Ioannina) 6h
Athens-Paleoselli (via Lamia / Trikala) 6h45min
Thessaloniki-Paleoselli (via Vasilitsa) 3h30min
Thessaloniki-Paleoselli (via Ioannina) 4h40min
The whole mountain is an area with a great natural environment, fauna and flora. It is part of the network of protected areas Natura 2000 and is part of the North Pindos National Park. Below its highest peak is formed the Drakolimni of Smolikas (dragon lake). It is located at an altitude of 2200m, has an area of ​​about 3 acres (the second largest in Greece), great depth and has a heart shape. Alpine newts swim in its waters.

Access to the Smolika shelter can be done by car, which you stop 300 meters before the refuge and then continue on foot. The dirt road is maintained, so most of the time they can go up. It is a start for the national mountaineering trail O3 and the Epirus Trail. The Shelter can serve as a starting point for many routes that lead to the peaks of Smolikas. The most walked route is that of the National Mountaineering Trail O3 which passes through Drakolimni of Smolikas and ends at the Top in just 3 hours.
 
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Location
near Paleoselli
3 Reviews 5
  • Bruce Brebner
    5
    This place is a hidden gem located in an amazing location high on the mountain and deep the forest. It’s run by great people who’ll look after you well and make you great food.
  • Bruce Brebner
    5
    This is a lovely refuge in a beautiful location, perfectly suited for climbing Smolikas. It’s run by a great couple, Nikki and Michalis - highly recommended.
  • Yaron Katzir
    5
    We spent a great time in the refuge and on the mountain. The relaxed and happy atmosphere generated by Nicky made our stay in the refuge very enjoyable. The refuge is well maintained and handled and the food is great (thank you, Michalis). We felt so welcome. Thank you!