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Meteora

In a region of almost inaccessible sandstone peaks, monks settled on these 'columns of the sky' from the 11th century onwards. Twenty-four of these monasteries were built, despite incredible difficulties, at the time of the great revival of the eremetic ideal in the 15th century. Their 16th-century frescoes mark a key stage in the development of post-Byzantine painting.

 

Epirus

Epirus lies in North West Greece. It is mostly an alpine area, dominated by the Pindos Mountains, the backbone of Greece. Less known to tourists, it offers the visitor a wide choice of attractions from white, sandy beaches and picturesque villages like Parga and Syvota to the traditional villages of Zagorochoria and the National Park of Vikos Aoos.

Lets look some of the attractions of Epirus:

 

Ioannina

A bustling city, capital and biggest city of Epirus, Ioannina is the central attraction of the region. Dominated by Pamvotis lake and famously associated with Ali Pasha, the 18th century Pasha of Eprirus, Ioannina was the richest town in Greece and a focus for art and literature.

The harbour and fortress areas are the best places to see evidence of Ioannina’s Ottoman past. Don’t miss a walk inside and around the castle. The town’s biggest attraction is Nisi, an island within the lake. It consists of just one small fishing village. At the far end of the island is the 18th century house of Ali Pasha that has been converted into a museum. Discover the story of Ali Pasha and Kyra Frosini.

Ioannina is a lively city famous for it nightlife and bar scene. It boasts an excellent archaeological museum, Vrellis Museum of History and much more. Next to Ioannina is Perama cave. If you have time, do not miss it.

 

Perama Cave

Perama cave is located 4km outside the city on your way to Zagorochoria. The cave has stalactites and stalagmites and was dedicated to Pluto and Persephone. The cave extends over 14,000 sq.m. The tourist route covers a distance of 1,100m and lasts approximately 45 minutes. You can visit the area everyday from 8 in the morning until sunset. A visit to Perama Cave is an unforgettable experience.

For more information, please contact at tel.no 26510 81650 or 26510 81521 or www.spilaio-perama.gr.

 

Dodoni amphitheatre

In a green valley on the Eastern slopes of Mount Tomaros, 22km south-west of Ioannina, is Dodoni, one of the most important archeological site in Epirus. The site dates from 1000BC, and was the location of the Oracle of Zeus, second only to Delphi. The amphitheatre, which is still in good condition, is one of the largest in Greece with a capacity of 18,000 people.

 

Parga

Parga is a small coastal town located in South West Epirus , between the cities of Preveza and Igoumenitsa. The town forms the shape of an amphitheater around the bay near the Venetian castle and has an island-like atmosphere.. It’s one of Greece’s most scenic towns with some beautiful, unspoiled sandy beaches and a breath-taking view across the bay. Those who prefer to explore and discover will find numerous historical sites and ancient mystical places. Parga is also a gateway to the picturesque islands of Paxi, Antipaxi and Corfu.

 

Ancient Nikopolis

Nikopolis is situated in the suburbs of the city of Preveza. It was built by Octavian in 31 BC to celebrate his victory over Anthony and Cleopatra in Aktion. It was a beautiful city with temples, theatres, gymnasiums and thermal baths. It was a communications hub between Rome and its dominions.

Today, part of the stadium, the two theatres, the amphitheatre, the aqueduct and the fortification walls are still preserved. Mosaics which are considered to be of the most beautiful in Greece have beem unearthed at Nikopolis.

 

Syvota

Syvota is a picturesque village on the coast of the Ionian Sea, in Thesprotia. Just a half-hour drive from the capital of Thesprotia, Igoumenitsa, it is the best-known resort in the region. Syvota is a region blessed by nature, built in an idyllic landscape with verdant hills around an enchanting bay with islets reminiscent of Norwegian fjord and spotless beaches.

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