Region of Epirus Capital town: Arta Area: Population:
The Prefecture of Arta is characterised by great natural beauty. Its natural boundaries are, on the one side the mountain range of Tzoumerka, and on the other side, Amvrakikos Bay. The Prefecture is crossed by the river Arahthos which forms a fertile valley and artificial lakes.
The capital of the Prefecture is the city of Arta, known by its famed Bridge and the accompanying legends. Beneath Arta lies buried the ancient Amvrakia. The Amvrakikos Bay comprises a rare wetland, and is the habitat of more than 280 species of birds.
In 1868, the biggest one-arch bridge in the Balkans was built in Plaka. On the Tzoumerka, visitors will come across bridges, monasteries, churches, watermills and other buildings of a unique architectural style, built with good local stone.
Amvrakia, the contemporary city of Arta, had been a Corinthian colony. Ancient Amvrakia had a street layout based on the Hippodamion system. During the early 3rd century BC, the city became the capital of the state of King Pyrrhus. In 1204 AD, Arta became the capital of the Seigniory of Epirus.
After that, Arta had been a trade centre in Northwestern Greece demonstrating significant development. The area came under Ottoman Rule in 1449 AD, managing however to secure several privileges. Despite its initial involvement in the Greek Revolution of 1821, Arta was liberated in 1881.
• Prefecture of Arta: 2681021580, 2681027490
• Police: 2681080100 – Tourist Police: 2681080131
• General Hospital of Arta: 2681022222, 2681026666