Epirus is located in the north-west part of Greece, between the mountain range of Pindos and the Ionian sea and combines impressive mountainous and charming seaside scenery. The entire area is run by mountains and rivers which are traversed by wonderful arched bridges. Fertile plains and valleys interrupt the mountain ranges from north to south. The climate of the coastline is moderate, while in the interior it is harsh, with heavy winters, frequent frost and abounding rain and storms. The villages and cities have always been connected via a number of trails carved through the many mountains. Later, this contributed to the flourishing of trade and the development of the region.