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A mountainous region with an exquisite natural environment.

Majestic mountains, deep gorges, crystal-clear rivers, rare flora and fauna, mountain lakes, and forested slopes all come together to create a stunningly beautiful ecosystem. The history of the region is also long and fascinating, starting from the depths of antiquity, passing through Byzantium and the Turkish occupation and ending up in modern times. One can witness the region’s history in the archaeological and religious monuments, the traditional settlements, the watermills and bridges, a history which lives on in the region’s customs, traditional music and festivals, as well as the lifestyle of its inhabitants.

Epirus also has a rich culinary tradition, which is based on use of pure produce. Meat cooked in special local recipes, tasty pies, sour dough bread, frogs’ legs, game, including venison carpaccio, famous cheeses, traditional sweets, such as baklava, and exceptional wines and tsipouro (local pomace spirit), all go to make up a menu that combines tradition with gourmet cuisine.

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Epirus manages to be a one-of-a-kind destination: an enviable combination of cultures and traditions, with a natural environment unique in Greece, and it never fails to surprise and delight its visitors. Epirus is located in the north-west corner of Greece and is an ideal travel destination all year round.

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Epirus manages to be a one-of-a-kind destination: an enviable combination of cultures and traditions, with a natural environment unique in Greece, and it never fails to surprise and delight its visitors. Epirus is located in the north-west corner of Greece and is an ideal travel destination all year round.

Archaelogical Museum of Ioannina

It is located in a prominent position on the hill called Litharitsia, in the center of the city of Ioannina. The collections of the Archaeological Museum are displayed in seven halls, the central aisle and three atria, covering a total area of 1,200 square meters. Exhibits cover a wide time span, from the first appearance of humans in Epirus during the Lower Palaeolithic, 250,000 years ago, to late antiquity in late Roman times (3rd century AD).

Byzantine Museum of Ioannina - Its Kale

Within the fortress of Ioannina, situated at the southeastern part of the city on a small rocky peninsula extending out into Lake Pamvotis, two natural heights had already been created in the Byzantine period to serve as acropolises. The southeastern one is known as Its Kale (the inner acropolis), whose modern-day form dates to the Late Ottoman period.

Municipal Ethnographic Museum of Ioannina (Aslan mosque)

The Municipal Ethnographic Museum of Ioannina is situated in the building of the mosque of Aslan Pasha in the northwestern citadel of the Ioannina castle. The Aslan mosque was built in 1618 on the relics of the church of Agios Ioannis Prodromos (= Saint John the Baptist) to commemorate the success of Aslan Pasha in quelling the rebellion of Bishop Dionysios the Philosopher.

Museum of Greek History - Wax Effigies - Pavlos Vrellis

The Pavlos Vrellis Greek History Museum , is a privately owned wax museum in Ioannina regional unit, Greece. It was set up by the sculptor Pavlos Vrellis in February 1983, and is the best known wax museum in Greece. The museum hosts 150 wax models in 37 themes, inspired by various events from Greek history.

Ali Pasha Museum (Pre-revolutionary Period Museum)

It is located in the island of Ioannina and is housed in a cell of Panteleimonas monastery where Ali Passa was murdered. Its collection includes exhibits from the period of the Ottoman occupation, Ali Passa’s personal items (documents, Kira-Vassiliki outfit etc). In another cell of the monastery you can see the archives of the island’s monasteries.

Monastery of Tsouka

The monastery, dedicated to the Nativity of the Theotokos, is built on the top of a hill near the village of Elliniko, at a relatively short distance from the city of Ioannina. It is an active monastery well known in the area as it is an important pilgrimage with significant social contribution. According to the tradition, the monastery was founded in 1190 by Emperor Isaac II Angelos; however, the katholikon in its current form was built probably in the late 17th century and the wall paintings inside the church in the mid 18th century.

Monastery of Philanthropenoi on the Island of Ioannina

It is the most important monastery of all on the island in the lake of Ioannina. It was named after the noble family of the Philantropenoi who settled in Ioannina from Constantinople, after its seize in 1204.

Monastery of Sosino

Dedicated to the Annunciation of the Theotokos, the monastery dates back to the 16th century. It is built near the settlement of Parakalamos at an altitude of approximately 750m, at the top of a green hill rising above the valley of Kalamas, with a stunning view over the surrounding area.

Monastery of the Assumption of the Theotokos Molivdoskepasti

It is located near the village of Molyvdoskepastos, at a short distance from the Greek-Albanian border. Its name stems from the sheets of lead that covered the roof in the past. According to the tradition, the monastery was built in the 7th century by the Byzantine Emperor Constantine IV Pogonatos. It was renovated in the 14th century by Andronikos Komnenos Doukas Palaiologos.

Monastery of Kipina

Dedicated to the Assumption of the Theotokos, it is located near the village of Kalarrytes, built on a rocky stiff cliff, over Kalarrytikos river. The name “Kipina» was given, according to one version, because of the gardens (kipoi in Greek) cultivated by the monks. Access to the monastery, which is open to visitors, is provided via a small path, carved into the rock and continues with a wooden bridge, which leads to the outbuildings of the monastery.

Monastery of Zoodochos Pigi of Anthohori, Metsovo

The locals call it Panagia of Kiatra Rosa, which in the Vlach means Panagia on the red rock, because of the red rocks to the east of the Monastery which in the past were used as hermitages. It is located on the northern slopes of Peristeri mountain, close to the village of Anthohori, among the oaks and rocks and celebrates on the day of Zoodochos Pigi (Life Giving Spring).

Monastery of Agios Nikolaos of Metsovo

Built to the southwest of Metsovo, near the bank of Metsovitikos river, the monastery of Agios Nikolaos was one of the most important monasteries in the region. It was founded in the Byzantine era, as the monastery and its abbot, Isaiah, was for the first time mentioned in the 14th century.

Monastery of the Assumption (Koimisis Theotokou)

The Monastery of the Assumption is located on the eastern outskirts of Metsovo in the upper valley of the Metsovitikos River. It was built in 1754. The building complex consists of two-storey cells, hostels, and paved courtyards. The monastery is fully decorated with frescoes of the 17th century. The belfry is wooden from the middle of the building and upwards. According to oral tradition, the bell was manufactured in Ioannina in 1870.

Avel Monastery

It is located near the settlement of Vissani, in a wooded area called “Monastiria” (Monasteries). The name, according to the prevailing view, comes from Averi, a local landowner, who funded its renovation just before 1770. However, tradition has it that the monastery was founded by the monks of the Giourhan monastery which was at a close distance and was abandoned because of the raids.

Lake Pamvotis - Island of Ioannina

This well known lake was in ancient times known as “Pamvotis” (the great provider). Situated right next to the city of Ioannina, this uncommonly beautiful lake is a true gem of the Ioannina Basin region. With a fascinating history full of legends and traditions that go back centuries, the lake of Kyra Frosyni * has become famous beyond the borders of Greece.

Cave of Perama

It is one of the most significant caves in the world, and it is situated in 4 km from the center of Ioannina. The cave is part of an underground river, 1.500.000 years old. In the cave were found bones of a cave bears that lived here 600.000 years before. The temperature is 18oC and the water of the lakes of 14oC.

Valia Kalda

Valia Calda is the core of the National Park of Pindos. Since 1987 it is included in the list of the most sensitive areas of the International Union for the Protection of Nature. A river called ""Arkoudorema"" (meaning Bear's Stream) run through Valia Calda and on a spot that's called ""Smixomata"" the river is united with the waters of Aoos river.

Aoos Springs Lake

The artificial lake of Aoos’ river springs constitute an important natural habitat (biotope) in the "Politsa" plateau. Verdant banks surround the artificial lake of Aoos’ river springs, creating an amazing scenery. The lake was created through the construction of a hydroelectric dam.

Vikos gorge

In the heart of the National Forest of Vikos-Aoos, it is located the gorge of Vikos, one of the biggest in-depth – it reaches the 1200 m. – and more narrow in width gorges in the world, according to the Guinness World Records (2005 edition). Τhe gorge of Vikos is part of the Global Geoparks Network of UNESCO.

Drakolimni of Tymfi

Drakolimni (""Dragon Lake"") is the name of several alpine or sub-alpine lakes in northwestern Greece Epirus region: the ones in mountain Tymfi and Smolikas are the most widely known. According to local folktales the lakes used to be inhabited by dragons who fought each other by throwing pines and rocks and thus created the peculiar landscape and gave their names to the lakes. Drakolimni of Tymfi :

Winery "Katogi Averoff"

Metsovo produced one of the most famous wines of Greece, the ""Katogi Averoff"". Local winery was known long ago, but recently revived by Evangelos Averoff-Tossizza, when he discovered in an old ledger of 1723 that the vineyards of Metsovo produced 50,000 bottles of wine. After the 1950, he revived the ""Yiniets"" vineyard, planting Greece’s first Cabernet Sauvignon vines.

Zitsa's wineries

The vineyard of Zitsa is about 25 kilometres northwest from the city of Ioannina. It mainly extends on the plateau of Zitsa. The plateua of Zitsa has an average altitude of 650 meters and extends to the slopes of the surrounding hills and mountains, at elevations up to 800 meters. At its west side the plateau reaches for river Thyamis (also known as Kalamas), with altitudes up to 500 meters.


Environmental Park of Bourazani expands in an area of ​​over 1500 acres. The visitor can stay at the namesake hotel and admire six species of mammals, which live and breed freely into the forest. The animals of the park, used to live freelly across the Balkan peninsula, in large numbers. The merciless hunt, however, the fragmentation of habitats and the increased human activities, led the populations of large mammals into decline or extinction.

Rafting at Voidomatis river

A relaxing rafting descent in the crystal clear waters of Voidomatis river, starting from the bridge of Aristi up to Kleidonia, in the heart of the National Forest of Vikos – Aoos. On our way to the bridge of Aristi we will visit the monastery of Ano Pedina and the convent of Spiliotissa.The descent of Voidomatis river is an easy ride, ideal even for beginners. The scenery is very interesting with the deep vegetation and the turquoise waters that are among the clearest in Europe.

Hiking at the Vikos-Aoos National Park

The Víkos Gorge cuts right through the limestone uplands of Mount Gamíla for 20km, separating the villages of western and central Zagóri. With walls almost 1000m high in places, it’s quite equal to the famous Samarian gorge in Crete, and a hike through or around it is probably the highlight of a visit to the Zagóri.

Mountain Biking at the Aoos Lake

A mountain bike can get you initiated to the wildlife secrets of the most beautiful forests of the region around the Aoos Lake. The cycling tour around the lake offers unique capabilities for ecological guidance. Through the 32km route we find rich fauna and flora which includes old pine trees, imperial eagles and bears, medicinal plants and mushrooms of the region.

Anilio Ski Resort

The new Anilio Ski Resort is located at an altitude of 1680-1850 meters, 50 km from Ioannina and 215km from Thessaloniki. It features ski trails of all difficulty levels for skiers/snowboarders. It provides a two-seater chairlift 800 meters long, two brand new sliding lifts of 280 and 300 meters, and two baby lifts. The Anilio ski center is set up 7 km from the village. It is located at ""Giuzel Tepe"" (which means “Beautiful ridge”).

Profitis Ilias Ski Center

The Profitis Ilias Ski center - Politsies is set on the southeastern corner of the plateau of ""Politsas"", as it is widely known. It is located just 4km away from the town of Metsovo and it has easy slopes of short length. Its altitude ranges from 1360m to 1620m with a total area of 25 km south, spreading in the foothills of the Sierra Maurovouni / Flegga (2160 m). Visitors use three sliding lifts (plate or anchor) to reach the ski tracks on 700 m, 550 m and 150 m.

Archaeological site of Dodona

The origins of the sanctuary of Dodona, which is known for its nationwide radiation, date back to the Bronze Age (2600-1200 BC).Originally, it was outdoors and it was there that the Great Goddess, goddess of fertility, was worshiped; later, it was replaced by the worship of Dodona Zeus (Zeus Naios) and his wife Dioni.


Epirus manages to be a one-of-a-kind destination: an enviable combination of cultures and traditions, with a natural environment unique in Greece, and it never fails to surprise and delight its visitors. Epirus is located in the north-west corner of Greece and is an ideal travel destination all year round.

Petradi 1873 Class B
  • Eparchiaki odos Ioannina-Sirrako,Ethniko Parko Tzoumerka - Peristeri and Charadra Araxthou, North Tzoumerka 440 01, Greece
  • Owner:Aggelos Katsiris-Skoura Kiriaki
  • Tel: 26590 61561
Camping Limnopoula
Siarava Class B
Kamares Class B
  • Zalokosta, Ioannina
  • Owner: Katsarou Eleni,Kachrimanis Alexandros
  • Tel:2651079348-78020
Archontariki Class A
Platanos HOTEL Class B
Kastro Class B
Dafni Class B
Chagiati Class B
Hotel Metropolis Class A
Hotel Kentrikon Class A
  • Koletti 5, Ioannina, Greece
  • Owner: Georgios Chiras
  • Tel:2651071771
Patriko Class B
  • Katsari,Ioannina,Greece
  • Owner: Kordas Panagiotis
  • Tel:2651065500
Agioklima Class A
  • Tositsa 33,Ioannina,Greece
  • Owner: Liakopoulos
  • Tel:2651079193, 6932310217
Politia Class A
  • Aneksartisias 109 ,Ioannina,Greece
  • Owner: Emporiki Touristiki Epirus - "Politia",Ioannina
  • Tel:2651-0-22235
Archontiko Class B
  • Aneksartisias 101 , Ioannina,Greece
  • Owner: Gogas Evaggelos , Anastasiou Fotios
  • Tel:2651024462
Frontzou Politia Class A
Pas Pantou (Ζigouri Mirto Α.) Ιoannina
  • Velissariou 8, Ioannina 452 21, Greece
  • Tour Operator
  • Tel: 2651037333
  • Mihail Aggelou 25,Ioannina
  • Tour Operator
  • Tel: 2651085141
PAMVOTIS TRAVEL (Μanolis Thomas Κ.) Ιoannina
  • Νapoleon Zerva 11 Ioannina
  • Tour Operattor
  • Tel: 2651034774
KONI TRAVEL (Ζiavras Konstantinos Α.) Ιoannina
  • Napoleontos Zerva 4-6, Ioannina
  • Tour Operator
  • Tel: 2651034130
KIROUSIS TRAVEL (Kirousi Anastasia) Ιoannina
  • Νapoleon Zerva 7, Ioannina
  • Tour Operator
  • Tel: 2651073759
KASSAROS TRAVEL (Κassaros Stergios Τ.) Ιoannina
  • Σakka 6, Ioannina
  • Tour Operator
  • Tel: 2651039274
  • Σakka 22 Ioannina
  • Tour Operator
  • Tel: 2651027427
ARMONIA TRAVEL (Dervenis Aristeidis G.) Ιoannina
  • Σakka 11, Ioannina
  • Tour Operator
  • Tel: 2651032328
  • Μιchael Aggellou 15 Ioannina
  • Tour Operator
  • Tel: 2651028751 / 2651020555
Daskalopoulos Ioannis Th. Ιoannina
  • 28 Octovriou 13, Ioannina
  • Tour Operator
  • Tel: 2651029667
To Agnantio
  • Ethniki Odos Trikallwn Ioanninwn, Ioannina 455 00,Greece
  • Class: 3***
  • Owner: Foukas Nikolaos
  • Tel: 2651081191
  • Email:
Hotel Horizon
  • Trikala-Ioannina, 455 00, Greece
  • Class: 3***
  • Owner: Pappa Marianthi
  • Tel: 2651086180
  • Email:
Hotel Epirus Palace
  • Arta-Ioannina 455 00, Greece
  • Class: 5*****
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  • Owner: Natsis
  • Tel: 2651093555, 91072, 91074
  • Arta- Ioannina, Ι455 00, Greece
  • Class: 4****
  • Owner: Giotis Sotirios &Gioti Αnastasia
  • Owner: 2651091578
Hotel Paradisos
  • ΚA Fevrouariou 15 Ioannina
  • Class: 1*
  • Owner : Gidrimi Anna
  • Tel: 26510-74124
Filokalia Hotel
  • Georgiou Genimata, Ioannina
  • Class: 3***
  • Owner: Νikolaos Dimou
  • Tel: 2651076765
  • Email:
Hotel Du Lac
  • Ikkou, Ιoannina 452 21, Greece
  • Class: 5*****
  • Owner: Th .Νitsiakos
  • Tel: 2651059100
  • Email:
  • Plakas 18, Ιoannina 453 32, Greece
  • Class: 2**
  • Owner: Epirotiki - tourism and hotel business
  • Tel: 2651040762
Βyzantio Hotel
  • Dodonis 96, Ιoannina 453 32, Greece
  • Class: 2**
  • Owner :Tourism and hotel business- Byzantio
  • Tel: 2651043898
Egnatia Hotel
  • Αravadinou 2-18, Ιoannina 454 44, Greece
  • Class: 2**
  • Owner : Κostovasilis - Ι.Sarra - Β.Τatsiramos - Ι. SAPERSTON HOLDING
  • Tel: 2651025667
  • Email:
Hotel Dioni
  • Tsirigoti 5, Ioannina 45444
  • Class: 1*
  • Owner: Giannis Timoleon
  • Tel: 26510-26209
Agapi Hotel
  • Tsirigoti 6, Tsirigoti Ioannina
  • Class: 1*
  • Owner: Μpouka Marina
  • Tel: 26510-27139
  • Tsirigoti Ioannina
  • Class: 1*
  • Owner:Klitsas Dimitrios & Klitsas Nikolaos
  • Tel: 26510-20541
Hotel Amfithea
Anemolia Resort
  • Amfithea, Perama, Ioannina
  • Class: 3***
  • Owner :Τsoumanis Αnthreas
  • Tel: 26510-81649
  • Web:
Hotel Alexios
  • Poukevil 14, Ioannina
  • Class: 2**
  • Owner : Αlexios
  • Tel: 26510-24003
  • Email:
  • Perama, Ioannina, Greece
  • Class: 1*
  • Owner : Georgios , Νikolaos & Αdamantios Μamakis
  • Tel: 26510-81151
Hotel Lakkas
  • Perama, Ioannina
  • Class: 2**
  • Owner : hotel and tourism businesses - Lakkas
  • Tel: 2651081741
Hotel Krikonis
  • Stavrou Niarchou, Panepistimio Ioanninon, Νeochoropoulo
  • Class: 2**
  • Owner : Τ. Κrikonis
  • Tel: 2651044633
  • Web:
  • Κonstantinou Eleftheriou, Ιoannina 452 21, Greece
  • Class: 3***
  • Owner : Galaxias
  • Tel: 2651025432
Hotel Astoria
  • Paraskevopoulou 2, Ioannina
  • Class: 2**
  • Owner :Κonstantinos Dosis
  • Tel: 26510-25438
  • Email:
  • Κoletti 18, Ioannina
  • Class: 2**
  • Owner : Μagdalini Μousiou
  • Τηλέφωνο: 2651025070
  • Νeoptolemou , Ioannina
  • Class: 1*
  • Owner : Gatsiani Dimitra & Εleni
  • Tel: 26510-26209
  • 28is Octovriou, Ioannina
  • Class: 3***
  • Owner: Tourism and hotel business Palladion
  • Tel: 2651025856
  • Email:
Bretania Hotel
  • Averof , Ιoannina 454 44, Greece
  • Class: 2**
  • Owner :Godella
  • Tel: 2651026380
  • Tsirigoti Ioannina
  • Class: 1*
  • Owner:Klitsas Dimitrios & Klitsas Nikolaos
  • Tel: 26510-20541
Akrolimnion Hotel
  • Perama, Ioannina
  • Class: 2**
  • Owner:Εleftheriou Sotirios/
  • Tel: 2651081162
  • Perama, Ioannina
  • Class: 3***
  • Owner : Dovas Georgios
  • Tel: 26510-81001
  • Web:

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  • 45 444, Ioannina


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