Metsovo is a ski town – it clings to the Pindos Mountains at 1156m, and the three ski areas lure winter sports fans come snowfall. Fresh alpine air, lofty views and traditional wooden architecture make it a relaxing stop – as well as a potentially gluttonous one. Bulging sausages dangle in shop windows and huge rounds of smoky cheese beg to be melted. Out of season, it can make a nice stopover on your way further north or south.
The hospitable locals are mostly Vlachs, descendants of a nomadic sheep-herding people who spoke the Aromanian language. Metsovo's shepherds were enriched by the Ottomans, who rewarded them for guarding the Katara Pass (1705m), the only route across the Pindos Mountains and one of Greece’s highest passes.