Welcome to Rodavgi, Greece...where history and tradition meet nature!
Rodavgi is one of the most scenic villages located on the mountain terrain of Arta, in the state of Epirus. The houses with their red ceramic roofs are dispersed throughout the foot of the verdant side of the mountain Xerovouni. Twenty-four kilometers away from Arta, the village has a population of an estimated 1000 people. In older times, the village bore the Slavic name of Nisista. Today it is known as Rodavgi, derived from the two Greek words “rodo”, meaning rose, and “avgi”, meaning dawn. It holds this name because of the beautiful color of the sunrise offered by the eastern horizon to which day awakes!
This wonderful sight is even more overwhelming when one has hiked up the mountain to a place called “Bistoura”. From there, one can view the awing panorama of the village, and the across Pindus mountains, which are swept by the Aracthos river. In the village itself, there are several sights to be admired. The favorite is the majestic church of “St. Paraskevi”, which was built in 1804 AD and which overlooks and protects the village as a whole. There are several other small churches and chapels situated in various surrounding areas, which can also be appreciated for the Byzantine wall paintings. Another often visited attraction is the recently reconstructed spring, which appears on the side of the mountain under numerous, large plane trees, and is known as the “Besiko”. Once again, there are many other natural springs to be visited.
Of course, there exist also several cafes. What is a Greek village without the traditional cafes?! Also note that on July 24 – 27, the village holds a great celebration in honor of St. Paraskevi. The whole village gathers together in a circle holding hands, some in their ethnic costumes, to dance the traditional “Kagelari” dance. Excluding the live music and dancing that occurs during the time of the festival, many enjoy the music and dancing at the local bar. Hope to see you there!