• Ioannina, the capital of Epirus, stretches over the banks of the lake Pamvotida. It is a historical, as well as a stylish city. The Castle and the Old Town reflect the city’s historic past
• Visit the Island on the lake Pamvotida, the cell where Ali Pasha was murdered, and several 13th century AD Byzantine churches with unique hagiographies
• Take a trip to Metsovo, one of most prominent mountain settlements of Greece, with a rich cultural heritage. Here one can find woodcuts, superb local gastronomic and folklore products
• The Zagorohoria, 46 traditional settlements, is one the most picturesque mountain destinations in Greece. The impressive Vikos gorge, the arched bridges, the amazing churches, the nature, make up a scenery of insuperable beauty
• Visit the Perama Cave, the archaeological site of Dodoni and its ancient theatre
Perfecture of IOANNINA
Region of Epirus Capital town: Ioannina Area: Population:
Throughout the centuries, the Prefecture of Ioannina has been blessed with a captivating natural and built environment. This peripheral area, located far away from the big urban centres and never quite a mass tourism destination, has preserved admirable traits.
The capital city of Ioannina stretches along the homonymous lake; several settlements are built on the nearby mountains, carved in every detail by Epirote craftsmen. The villages of Syrrako and Kalarrytes are located on the mountain range of Tzoumerka; Metsovo and Milia are to the east of the Prefecture; to the west, Zagorohoria and Konitsa.
Located in the Prefecture of Ioannina are significant monuments, such as the Sanctuary of Dodoni, the Monastery of Molyvdoskepasto, the Castle of Ioannina, the Perama Cave, the Vikos gorge and the Vikos National Park, as well as the natural “swimming pools” at Papingo.
Burial tombs and residential settlements dating back to the Copper Age, demonstrate the importance of the area during the ancient times. The then-thriving cities of Passaron and Tekmon, and the Oracle of Dodoni were destroyed by the Romans.
By the 13th century AD, Ioannina was the second most important city of the Seigniory of Epirus. In1430 the Ottoman Rule commenced, while in the 18th century AD the Turks granted special privileges to the local settlements. In 1913, Ioannina became part of the Greek state.
• Prefecture of Ioannina / Department of Tourism: 2651082717, 2651087419
• Tourist Police: 265106592
• Hospitals: University Hospital of Ioannina: 2651099111 – Hatzikosta University: 2651080111 - 2651033641