Povla (nowadays also called Ampelonas) in north Thesprotia belongs to Mourgkana villages. Its todays name (Ampelonas) comes from the good quality vineyards of the area which produce excellent wine, famous all over Thesprotia.
In the village you will find many stone built churches and springs but the adornment of the village is the legendary “Gkrika” (gkrika=neck) bridge built after all villages of the are gathered money.
This beautiful bridge stands on a rock and connects two steep slopes. The pathway that begins from the bridge, crosses the amazing “Koziaka” gorge (between “Tavera” (at an altitude of 787m) to the South and “Staroda” (at an altitude of 722) to the North and leads to a valley where following the traces of old pilgrims you reach the famous monastery Aghios Georgios tis Kamitsianis.
The pathway does not have any signs. Its biggest part interfaces with the stream's course and that is the reason why we suggest doing this trip during summer when the stream is shallow.
The route lasts approximately two hours and is an easy one.
In Povla, as well as in neighboring Tsamanta, the coffee houses also offer fast food.
In Tsamanta functions a folklore museum. There is an organized guest house in Lia. Do not forget to try Mourgkana tsipouro. It is excellent!