Trip: Arta – Rodavgi – Agnanta– Katarraktis (62 km)
Return: Katarraktis – Kypseli – Vourgareli –Melates –Arta (82 km) 
You can get to Katarraktis – the “pearl” that embellishes the “col” of Tzoumerka- by following different roads, but because it would be impossible to include all of them in a touristic guide, we have chosen the one that will offer the visitor the best view and the biggest pleasure: we follow the trip Arta- Melissourgoi and after we get to Agnanta we continue through the road that crosses their farthest neighborhood, and while enjoying the various spectacular view of Tzoumerka on our left, we arrive at the Monastery of Agia Aikaterini of Katarraktis. It is built in the middle of a hill with dense vegetation, in the shade of imposing Tzoumerka and it also plays a role in the picturesque nature of the whole landscape. The temple was constructed in 1827, at the same place as a former monastery, the only remains of which are its stony, multi-arched aqueduct right next to its street and some of its artifacts, such as the big icon of Agia Aikateini that is decorated with a gilt embossed flap (1820) and the carved out silver reliquarieswith relics of saints. The exceptional hagiographies of the domes of the temple as well as the filigree woodcut icon screen are also very impressive. The monastery has re-operated recently and it is open throughout the whole year offering its visitors the possibility for an overnight there. On its celebration day (November 25th) all the people from Arta get there!

The view of Tzoumerka from the hill of Agia Aikaterini is spectacular. There is no other place where the mountain offers itself to you: its lacy crest touches the clouds by forming various shapes, and right in the middle there is the waterfall through which the mountain spreads the melted snow. The waterfall is dominant in the landscape and the village was named after it (Katarrakris: Greek word for waterfall). Continue up to the mountain in order to see it and when you arrive at the forked junction, whichever road we may choose, it will still be in our benefit. The left one leads to the municipal kiosk and then by crossing a built path you reach the great monument of nature. What an awesome spectacle! Nowhere will you find a similar one, given that you choose the appropriate period, April-May, when the waters of Tzoumerka are in abundance. Scummy waters at a 70 meter altitude! You don’t even dear to approach them but you can just feel their freshness and admire the colors of the rainbow! What a sight for sore eyes! In case you would like to enjoy more of its facets you can get back to the forked junction and choose the other way that leads you to the flawlessly arranged area opposite the kiosk, where you have the luxury to captivate the beauties of the landscape with your camera without being worried that the lens will get wet because of the steams.
We move downwards to the village (800 meters). Its center is majestic as suits its natural beauty. The stone-built domed temple of Virgin Mary looks as if it were a painting in the background of Tzoumerka. Man and nature- hand in hand- have carved the landscape! We cal also close our eyes and imagine the image of the huge square on August 15th!  After we have enjoyed all the facets of the village, we leave it and continue towards its other “jewel”, “Kedros”, the forest village (920 meters). Here, we can enjoy different images and a different aspect of the prefecture and, of course, a different life for those who will choose one of its 20 wooden houses and cannot resist the relaxation of its insouciance. We have to be a little attentive in order not to miss the road: it begins with a junction on the left, a little farther than Katarraktis, as we leave on the west.
In fact, by visiting Kedros we have already started returning, through another way however: we move downwards to MikrospiliaLepiana, and after we pass Ramia, just a few kilometers away, we follow an upward override on the left that will soon lead us to beautiful Kypseli (650 meters). Kypseli is located in a slope below Tzoumerka and its view is infinite. Right next to it there is the stream that flows in order to move the traditional watermill and “nerotrivi” (traditional water pit for the softening of fabrics). In the centre of the village it is the church of Agios Nikolaos that stands out with its wonderful bell tower and nearby there is the exceptional Museum of Folk Art & Life with its 1800 exhibits, established by the local tradition-lover, Pantelis Karalis, the so-called “creative bee” who gathered them with a lot of effort and diligence and used to exhibit them in his small coffee-house until “ETANAM” (Company for the Development of the Ambracian Gulf) showed up and turned that small place into an organized museum (tel: 26850 – 71390). A little farther, on the steep slope of Tzoumerka, among the ferns, the people of Kypseli “planted” the chapel of Patrokosmas from Aetolia since the saint had passed by that place and had also preached there. Every year, on the 24th of August, its celebration day, crowds of people arrive here and the whole mountain rang echoes because of this open-air, all-day long celebration. You may need a 4X4 vehicle in order to get up there but it is definitely worth it. In another area, outside the village, the Monastery of Evangelistriawith its exceptional hagiographies reminds us of the fact that the monastery life was at its prime there sometime in the past.
If we continue through this upward road that brought us to Kypseli, we find ourselves in the endless fir tree forest, until we finally see the Monastery of Ai-Giorgis in an openness; this is a sign that we are about to arrive at picturesque Vourgareli (combination with the trip trough Southeast Tzoumerka).

Other return trips from Katarraktis:
1) Katarraktis – Milia – Sgara – Plaka Bridge – Rodavgi – Arta (66 km).
From the square of Katarraktis, we get to the central downward road towards the west, and through the deep-green settlement of Milia-where we are surprised by the view of waterfall that springs from the middle of the opposite vertical cliff- we reach the intersection which is the setting point for all our possible return trips. We follow the road on our right and after, having passed by Sgara, we see the traditional two-arched stone-built and “nerotrives” we get to the road Agnanta- Plaka Bridge that will lead us to Arta.
2) Katarraktis – Milia – Graikiko – Gouriana – Chrysospiliotissa – Tzari Bridge – Rodavgi – Arta (62 km).
Setting off from Katarraktis and passing through Milia, we reach the central intersection, and after following the opposite west road, we pass through Ano Graikiko with its beautiful stone-built church, and continue towards Gouriana. Before we reach the village we follow an upward override on the left that, after 10 minutes of hiking, leads us to the picturesque Monastery of Panagia Chrysospiliotissa. The location and the spectacle are second to none! The Monastery was named like that because as legend has it a golden icon of Virgin Mary, which no longer exists, was found in a cave in the churchyard. This cruciform “athonic” (related to Mount Athos) domed temple was built in 1663 and the exceptional hagiographies in its interior part were made in 1801. We go on through Gouriana, Romano, Kato Graikiko and Daras, we cross Tzari Bridge in Arachthos and five kilometers later we find the road of Rodavgi that will lead us to Arta.
3) Katarraktis – Milia – Ramia – Kalloni – Anemorrachi – Melates – Arta, (75 km).
It is a beautiful, though meandering trip beginning at the intersection after Milia and after it is joined with the road from Vourgareli, it leads to Arta.
4) Katarraktis – Milia – Ramia– Dara – Kryoneri – Fteri – Distrato – Melates – Arta, (67km)
The best part of this trip is the cool nest of Fteri and the slope towards Distrato, where you have the chance to enjoy the most beautiful images of the valley of Arachthos and its artificial lake from many points. It is worth getting to the festival of Faneromeni (Holy Spirit), at Trapezaki of Distrato- a wonderful openness of the hill where a full-day open-air celebrations is held with clarinets and traditional dancing in combination with the music of birds and nature!