"EPIRUS---The region northwest..." Ioannina Favorite Tip by xoparmeno
Ioannina General: 21 reviews and 18 photos
Favorite thing: EPIRUS---The region northwest of the country, this part of Greece has many unique scenic beauties as well as a separate cultural identity. Its baundaries are formed by mountain chain of the 'Pindus' in the northeast, and the Ionian coastline in the west. It comprises of 4 administrative provinces : Ioannina, Thesprotia, Preveza and Arta.
Although an old town with a distinctive past, the modern city is built on a scope approximately 500mt above lake Pamvotis. It is a city with much natural beauty and interesting history, which can be seen in its folk art museum which has many displays of local grafts; its archaeological museum with many significant finds from all over Epirus, and ,its wax museum of Vrellis which displays wax effigies of famous perconalities of the Greek revolution.
In the middle of lake Pamvotis is a tiny islet - nissaki - which can be visited by small boats and has 2 major sights worth visiting; the philanthropinon monastery which among other things depicts the seven sages of antiquity and the pre-revolutionary museum.
Dodoni - one of the oldest archaeological sites in Greece, is a very important place of interest and with its ancient theatre where theatrical performances are still held to this day in the summer months, should be on everyones list as a must to visit.
Metsovo - located 60km east of Ioannina, is truly one of the most graphic villages in Greece. The people of this town keep many of the traditions of woodcarving and weaving alive to this day as well as producing the most delicious cheeces and wines! Metsovo is also a popular ski resort in the winter months and a hiker's paradice in the warmer months.
The Zagorohoria - or raughly translated means the villages of Zagoria , comprice of over 40 traditional settlements and have as natural borders the river Aoos, Mt.Mitsikeli and Mt.Gamila. This area is rich in animal and plant life.The houses are unique in that they are constructed of stone. Kayaking in the river Aoos is an activity that is fast catching on due to its fast waters.