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Guide to Arta

There is only a handful of places in the world that so perfectly combine mountain, sea and plain.

And there are few places that still keep alive their myths and legends, the wonders of nature, or their feeling for history.

The Arachthos River, the Ambracian Gulf, the lagoons of Logarou, Rodia and Tsoukalio, the Tzoumerka mountain range, the Achelous river valley (the natural border between Epirus and Thessaly), all mark the boundaries of a lush natural landscape scattered with pine and fir trees. Then there is the fertile plain of Arta, which is full of olive, orange, lemon and tangerine trees that permeate the air with intoxicating fragrances, especially in spring. 

A feeling of warm hospitality will make you feel completely at home in this place, where people welcome you and treat you family.

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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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Panagia Parigoritissa

13th-century building founded by Nikephoros I Komnenos Doukas and his wife Anna Palaiologina Katakouzene It is the «lady» of today’s Arta, the jewel of the once glorious capital of the Despotate of Epirus. It dominates over the densely populated slope of Peranthi hill, with its imposing presence being a reminder of the grandeur of Byzantine Arta. Today only the church, the Altar and 16 cells survive from the stavropegial monastery

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Archaeological Museum of Arta

Located at a small distance from the famous bridge of the city, it is housed in a new building and was inaugurated in Autumn 2009. It includes a great collection of ancient objects chronologically covering a big period, from the Paleolithic Age to the Roman times. Most of the exhibits, the most significant ones, date back to the Classical times and originate from Amvrakia, a Corinthian settlement built in the same location with today’s Arta.

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The Historical Bridge of Arta

It is one of the most famous bridges of Epirus. It consists of four large semicircular arches supported by large abutments over which dominate the vaults. Its width is 3.75 m and its length 145 m. According to the tradition, the bridge was built in the early 17th century by the Artan Giannis Thiakogiannis. The Turkish traveler Evliya Tzelempi mentions that the bridge was built by Faik Pasha during the 15th century.

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Imaret

It was built in the second half of the 15th century by Faik Pasha. The mosque was built with materials taken from the old Byzantine church of Panagia Parigoritissa, from ancient Nicopolis and also from various ancient buildings of Amvrakia.

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Castle of Arta

Built by Michael II, Despot of Epirus, in the 13th century, the castle of Arta preserved in an excellent condition, is a representative example of the secular architecture of the Byzantine period and the medieval character of Arta. It is one of the major attractions of the area. It is the crown of the lower city, the most beautiful corner of today’s Arta.

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Agios Vasilios Agoras

It is located in the old quarter of the Tourkopazaro at Arta. The church dates back to the end of the 14th century, while the preserved wall paintings to the 17th. The first researchers mentioning the church of Agios Vasileios is the Russian archimandrite Antoninos in 1886 and the Metropolitan Bishop Serapheim in 1884.

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Holy Monastery of Kato Panagia

The monastery was built in the 13th century by Michael Doukas Komnenos, Despot of Epirus. Today the monastery is kept alive thanks to the constant care of the nuns who live there. This great monument, built in a beautiful location, with a history and tradition that go beyond the normal boundaries of a monastery.

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Red Church

One of the oldest churches in the Tzoumerka area is unquestionably the Red Church (Kokkini Ekklesia), located in Palaiochori, Vourgareli, and dating back to the late 13th century. Its name most probably resulted from the red color of the bricks, decorating the exterior walls of the monument, forming bands with meanders and serrated ribbons.

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Panagia Vlachernon

It is located in the village of Vlaherna, opposite Arta, and took its name from the famous Panagia of Vlahernae in Constantinople. It was founded at the end of the 11th century and remodeled in the mid 13th century by Michael II Komnenos Doukas.

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Holy Monastery of Seltso

Located at the eastern end of the prefecture, at some distance from the village of Piges, perched on a steep offshoot of the mountains of Tzoumerka, whose roots are quietly licked by the waters of Acheloos River. Only the church and the ruined cells around it are preserved intact from the buildings of the old monastery.

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Church of Agia Theodora

The church of the patron saint of Arta and a pillar are the only salvaged parts of the monastery founded in the 13thcentury by the queen of the Despotate, Theodora. It was founded in honor of St. George and functioned as a convent for nuns.

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Panagia of Koronisia

In the middle of beautiful Koronisia, in the arms of Amvrakikos gulf, dominating on the top of the small hill, guard over all, the land and the sea, stands the little church of the Nativity of the Theotokos, a remnant of the old and thriving monastery. This is one of the oldest churches of Byzantine Arta and dates back to the 10th century. During the Frankokratia and Ottoman Occupation flourished and sheltered many monks.

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Panagia Chrysospilaiotissa

The Convent of Panagia, dedicated to the Nativity of the Theotokos, is located to a short distance from the village of Gouriana. It got the name Chrysospiliotissa from the cave near which it was built, where, tradition has it, a golden icon of Panagia was found. According to an inscription, the present church was renovated in 1663.

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Megalochari Monastery of Panagia Botsiotissa

The monastery of Panagia Botsiotissa, in the area of Radovyziο, is famous in the wider area of Arta. Its name stems from the old name of the settlement called Botsi.

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Panagia of Rodia

The Monastery of Rodia is dedicated to the Assumption of Virgin Mary. The Monastery stands at the southwestern slopes of mountain "Mavrovouni" (altitude 329m.) and over the northeast shore of the Rodia lagoon. According to Arta's Metropolitan, "Seraphim Xenopoulos" (and the Historical Essay on 'Artis and Preveza, pp. 171-172), the Monastery of Rodia was founded in the year 970, during the time of the Byzantine Emperor John Tsimiski.

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Ambracian Gulf

As we descend from the coast of Epirus to the coasts of Central Greece, we suddenly meet a geological paradox. The compact shoreline is cleaved by a narrow strip of sea, creating the most exciting ""inland sea"" of Greece. This geological phenomenon is is the result of an intense tectonic activity, that begun over 2 million years ago. The Ambracian Gulf is actually a tectonic draft, that began filling with the deposits of two rivers, ""Arachthos"" and ""Louros"".

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Tzoumerka, Travel guide

The proud, imposing Tzoumerka mountain chain stands in a wild area which remains untouched by the modern civilization. Deep gorges, bare rocks, rich natural environment, impetuous rivers and traditional settlements are some of the characteristics that compose a scenery of unique wild beauty. The greatness of nature meets history and tradition and life follows nature's call, far from the noise and stress of the urban areas.

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Hiking across Tzoumerka

Tzoumerka can be accessed by driving to any of the many villages that surround the high mountains. The two main points of entry are from Arta to the south and Ioannina in the north. From both cities the mountain can be reached in roughly 1 hours and 30 minutes, depending on which village you want to visit. The most famous towns are Kataraxtis, Kipseli, Pramanta, Melisourgi, Drosopigi, Agnanta and Sirako.

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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.

Camping Kalamitsi
Μandalos Andreas Ν. Αrta
  • Davaki- Pindou 23-27, Arta 471 00, Greece
  • Tour Operator
  • Tel: 2681083973
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HOULIARAS TOURS (Chouliaras Konstantinos A.) Arta
  • Komenou 4, Arta
  • Tour Operator
  • Tel: 2681079561
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AIRNET TRAVEL (Κatsandris Εvaggelos Α.) Αrta
  • Vasileos Konstantinou 117, Arta
  • Tour Operator
  • Tel: 2681077772
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WEST SIDE COAST (Dovas Pavlos D.) Αrta
  • Μakrigianni 16, Arta
  • Tour Operator
  • Tel: 2681075193
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MANDALOS TOURS – Μandalos Ν. / Τsonos Ch. , Αrta
  • Κosti Palama 19, Arta
  • Tour Operator
  • Tel: 2681071533
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Marousio
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Αmvrakia
  • Priovolou 1-15, Arta 471 00, greece
  • Class:2**
  • Owner: Ι.Κoutsoubas
  • Tel:2681028311/3
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REX
  • Skoufa 9, Ζone C
  • Class:1*
  • Owner:Galanos Dimitrios
  • Tel:2681027240
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Chronos
  • Eleftheriou Venizelou 1-7, Ζone C,Arta 471 00,Greece
  • Class:3***
  • Owner: Tourism and hotel business - Kronos
  • Tel:2681022211
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Vizantino

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