Famous among Greeks, it was about time this gem hidden in Zagori, Ioannina gained International recognition.

In the picturesque village of Papigo, hidding in the protected Vikos Aoos Unesco Global Geopark is Mikro Papigo 1700 Hotel & Spa that has just been named Best Historic Hotel in Europe for 2018.

Mikro Papigo, won the gold prize at the World Luxury Hotel Awards 2018 during a ceremony that took place in Bali.

The boutique resort is housed in a heritage 17th century complex with 18 rooms and suites that has the feel of a private, secluded village overlooking the stunning Vikos Gorge and the wild waters of Voidomatis river.

Mikro Papigo 1700 Hotel and Spa is also the first-ever eco-conscious hotel in the whole region of Epirus region.

The hotel itself as well as its restaurant Veranda at 1700 have received many awards for their ‘green’ mentality.

Veranda at 1700 dishes up local traditional delicacies with seasonal and ethically harvested produce provided by the resort’s own gardens Organic Zagori Farm.

Other than the countless amenities and outstanding spa/wellness services the hotel itself provides there is a wide range of outdoor activities it caters to.

Mikro Papigo offers tours to the Astraka refuge, Drakolimni (a lake on top of a mountain), Voidomatis springs, and Vikos gorge and the Rogovo natural pools.