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 bridges.
Thanks to the diversity of its natural environment, Epirus offers you the chance to combine different holidays in one trip – from mountain tourism at its best to the fullest summer experience on the area’s beaches which in themselves range from deserted stretches of coastline to cosmopolitan hangouts. From Ioannina, the capital of the region, you can browse the distance to the mountain in only half an hour, and also, in half an hour you can reach the sea.
Epirus is internationally considered as an ideal place for all kinds of alternative tourism. Its untouched mountainous mass of Pindos with its great virgin forests, the mountain lakes (drakolimnes – dragon lakes) and the untamed slopes provide for a plethora of activities (mountaineering, climbing, ski, hiking, mountain biking etc.) in a scenery of singular beauty, as well as the rivers of Epirus which offer other activities such as kayak, rafting, canoeing etc.
If you are interested in pilgrim tourism, here is the right place to come. The past meets the present in archaeological sites, monasteries and churches, castles and traditional villages that bear witness to the past prosperity of the area.
There are four regional units of Epirus: Arta, Ioannina, Preveza and Thesprotia, with a modern road network, an international port at Igoumenitsa, 2 airports at Ioannina and Aktio, and also modern marinas.
In Arta you must visit the Temple of Apollo, in the center of the modern city of Arta and the little theatre of ancient Ambracia. The city is famous for its four-arched bridge, which, according to the old tales, could only be completed once the master builder had sacrificed his wife.
Ioannina: the history and culture of the region make it a world heritage site. The findings in the cave at Kastritsa testify to life that existed there 38,000 years ago. Other activities you might enjoy here: rafting Arachthos River and rowing in Lake of Ioannina.
In Preveza there are some archaeological sites to be visited: the Museum of Nikopoli, the Ancient Cassope, the Zalogo Monument and the Oracle of Acheron. If you love nature, go to the Ziros Lake and the Acheron River. Preveza is surrounded by the sea. 60 kilometers of lacy coastline, beaches dominated by the crystal blue waters of the Ionian Sea. Do not miss the ‘hidden’ beach, the “Haven of Odysseus”, near Ammoudia.
Thesprotia is famous for its Byzantine monuments, one of which is the catholicon of the Monastery of the Metamorphosis of the Saviour, in Plakoti. The most extensive collection of Byzantine murals of Thesprotia have been saved and are preserved in this monastery. Significant post-Byzantine churches with fine frescoes from the 17th century are in the archaeological park being configured in the Byzantine settlement of Osdina, at Pente Ekklisies (Five Churches). But the region is also well-known for its beautiful beaches: Karavostasi, Drepano, Mikri Ammos – a picturesque beach with crystalline waters, Mega Ammos Beach, Bella Vraka beach – which joins Syvota with the little island of Mourtemeno, and of course, Pisina Beach – an idyllic spot with transparent turquoise water.
Do not hesitate to choose Epirus, Greece as a destination during your vacation!