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Ioannina is also spelled Ioanina or Janina.

In Greek, it is Ιoαννινα or Ιωαννινα or Γιαννενα. In Albanian, it is Janina/Janinë (definite/indefinite)

Ioannina is a large city of 100,000 in the north western part Greece, 95 km inland from Igoumenitsa. It is the capital of the nome (prefecture) of Ioannina and the main city of the province of Epirus.

Ioannina was founded by the Byzantine emperor Justinian I about 527 AD and during the early Middle Ages was part of the Eastern Roman Empire. Ioannina was annexed to the Ottoman Empire in the 1430s. The city was taken by Greece in 1913 with most of Epirus while the northern part of Epirus, with Saranda/Σαρανδα went to Albania.

  • Last visit to Ioannina: May 2011
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • alza's Profile Photo
    Oct 13, 2011 at 9:01 AM

    Thanks for this interesting page! Useful maps in Intro, I didn't know where Ioannina was. Nisaki m'attire énormément. Vaste terrain à découvrir que la Grèce, pour moi du moins. Un gros merci!

  • Aug 4, 2009 at 8:09 PM

    Ioannina is one of the most beautiful cities in Greece

  • evaanna's Profile Photo
    Jan 27, 2009 at 10:27 AM

    What a fascinating area and breathtaking scenery! Loved the Old Town and the interesting architecture. I'd definitely take the boat trip to the monasteries on the island. Beautiful pictures and very good tips.

  • scottishvisitor's Profile Photo
    Jan 7, 2009 at 1:03 PM

    Would love to see the interesting architecture around here and have a visit to the island and the towns cobbled streets. Your tent looks a novel addition to your car!

  • Sep 7, 2008 at 8:08 PM

    Sacred words.Nobody could have defined Epirus better. Mixed Greek & Albanian on both sides of the border but with the same Epirus national identity, neither Greek nor Albanian.

  • mindcrime's Profile Photo
    Aug 22, 2008 at 1:56 PM

    nice tips! I just returned from there! It was great for one more! It's a typical destination for me at least once a year!

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Jul 14, 2008 at 3:48 PM

    You certainly manage to find spots of breathtaking beauty to spend the night. Interesting area of northern Greece.

  • Jul 6, 2008 at 5:27 PM

    Jean-Louis, you have such a talent for finding the right places to explore. Keep them coming.

  • Kuznetsov_Sergey's Profile Photo
    Jul 4, 2008 at 10:50 AM

    Thanks Jean-Louis for showing me another picturesque part of Greece which I couldn't visit during my short trip last year. May be next time...


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