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Guide to Igoumenitsa

The capital of Thesprotia is Igoumenitsa, a new, modern town, located in the lovely bay of the same name. Igoumenitsa Porta is the beginning (or end) of the Egnatia National Road and is vitally important to the national economy, forming part of the trans-European transportation network. You can relax and enjoy the sun and the crystal-clear turquoise waters of the Ionian Sea on the many beaches of Thesprotia. Mile after mile of fine, golden sandy beach, alternating every now and then with others strewn with small, white pebbles. The area was a bridge between Greece and Italy and a haven for sailors, and today it welcomes tourist boats and travellers from the four corners of the earth.

Enjoy your holidays in Igoumenitsa, in the well-organised beaches with tavernas specialising in fresh fish and seafood, cafés and clubs, as well as remote beaches, chiselled by the winds and the seas, all with the ‘Blue Flag’ rating, leave the best impressions.

Cosmopolitan Syvota is the ‘flagship’ of tourism in Thesprotia. Swim and enjoy water sports on these marvellous beaches: Drepano in Igoumenitsa, Mega Ammos, Mikri Ammos, Zavia, Zeri, Pisina and Kokkinos Vrachos at Syvota, Naftilos and Kalami at Plataria, Karavostasi, Agia Paraskevi, Arillas, Stavrolimenas and Mega Drafi at Perdika.

The tiny island of Prasoudi in the bay of Igoumenitsa is, according to legend, the rock that the Cyclops Polyphemus hurled at Odysseas, and the islands of Syvota were also hideout for pirates.

Explore the ancient and Byzantine monuments in the region: Ragio Tower, the fortified settlement of Fanoti at Parapotamos, the ancient settlements at Polineri and Vrachona, the castle in the park above Igoumenitsa, the ruins of the fort of Dimokastro in Perdika, the Venetian castle at Margariti, and the Church of Koimisis tis Theotokou (the Dormition) at Ragio. Admire the finds on display at the Igoumenitsa Archaeological Museum.

At Margariti there is a lake filled with waterlilies, and the Kalodiki marshland is a protected water biotope of unique natural beauty and importance.  Book your accommodation in Igoumenitsa and start exploring Epirus. 

 

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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.

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Archaelogical Museum of Igoumenitsa

It is located at the north end of the city and opened its doors to the public in 2009. The exhibits come from excavations in the wider region of Thesprotia and cover a period from the Middle Paleolithic age (100,000 BC) to the post-Byzantine era.

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Elea

Located near Chrysavgi, it was an important ancient city of Thesprotia. It was the seat of the Thesprotian “Koinon” in the period (335-330 BC). The city is built on a plateau at the foot of the mountains of Paramythia having a view over the valley.

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Historical Site of Souli

Souli consists of a group of four settlements (Souli, Samoniva, Avarikos and Kiafa), which are also known as Tetrachori (Four Villages) or Souliotochoria. They are located in a predominantly mountainous and in the past inaccessible area at the boundaries of the prefectures of Thesprotia, Preveza and Ioannina.

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Tower of Ragio

It is a small ancient fortification, located 9km from Igoumenitsa. It took its name from the fortified residence built in the same position during the Ottoman period. The ancient stronghold was built near the old estuary of the Kalama River at the top of a hill dominating over the Ragio – Kestrini plain. Its significant position provides supervision over the coast of the Ionian Sea and the wider area. Given the strategic importance of the hill, it was already inhabited since the prehistoric times.

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Gitana

It was one of the most important, political, administrative and economic centers of Thesprotia in the antiquity. The ruins of the city are located on the mountainside of Vrysella. A great landscape from many respects, surrounded by Kalamas river, which has greatly contributed to the economic autonomy of the city.

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Fanoti Doliani

The archaeological site of Doliani is an ancient fortified site, built on top of a steep hill near Kalama River. It is a location of strategic importance ensuring the control of the wider region. The settlement coincides with Fanoti, a city of the Thesprotian tribe of Fanotians, believed by the historians to have repelled the siege of the Romans in 169 BC, only to surrender a year later.

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Dymokastro

Dymokastro or Elinokastro or Erimokastro are the most modern names of the ancient coastline position located near Perdika, on a hill that rises over Karavostasi bay. This is the position associated with ancient Elina, a city of Elinoi, a Thesprotian tribe.

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Monastery of Giromeri

It is dedicated to the Assumption of the Theotokos and was founded in the 1st half of the 14th century. Built on the southwestern slope of the mountain range of Farmakovouni, north of Filiata, it is one of the most important religious institutions of Epirus.

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Kalamas Estuary

The Delta was created by Kalamas river at the point of its estuary in the Ionian, during its centuries-long course through Thesprotia. The Delta is contained in the triangle Igoumenitsa – Ragio – Sagiada.

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Marsh of Kalodiki

South of Thesprotia, the Marsh of Kalodiki is one of the most beautiful wetlands of the area, serving as a station for migratory birds. The Marsh is surrounded by mountains and large reedbeds, and it's a much different type of wetland from the Estuary of Kalamas.Many aquatic birds (herons, ducks, warlblers) find refuge in the reeds. Predatory birds such as lesser spotted eagles, buzzards are visiting the site in order to hunt. In the northern part of the marsch, there is a large area covered by water lilies. During tha late of May the water lillies are flowering, thus offering a unique spectacle for the visitor.

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Karavostasi Beach

Karavostasi Beach is located 7 km from Perdika village. It is a popular beach with a long stretch of coarse white sand and deep blue waters. The green hills on the right and left side of the beach create a fascinating picture. It has rooms for rent, hotels and tavernas.

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Mega Ammos Beach

Mega Ammos Beach is located 1.5 km from Syvota village. You will find the sheltered beach with white pebbles and turquoise waters simply amazing. You will see a beautiful picture where the blue hues of the waters blend wonderfully with the green shades of the land. It is a beach for water sports fans, offering also other facilities; there is a taverna and a nearby cafe.

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Rafting & Horseriding at Glyki

The Acheron river has a second and third degree of Difficulty and is ideal for beginners in rafting and canoeing. Horse riding: There is an organized farm, with many horses. The trails where you can go horse riding are surrounded by nature and go have many passings through the river.

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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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Eleatis Resort Class B
  • Margariti,Margariti Igoumenitsa,Greece
  • Owner: Spirou Adreas
  • Tel:2665094256
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Pantazi Eleni, Igoumenitsa
  • Ladochori, Igoumenitsa
  • Tour Operator
  • Tel: 2665025395
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Dalakas Athanasios Ι. Igoumenitsa
  • Tirtaiou, Igoumenitsa
  • Tour Operator
  • Tel: 2665026796
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LINOS TRAVEL (Τsouris Grigorios Α.) Igoumenitsa
  • Ladochori, Igoumenitsa 461 00, Greece
  • Tour Operator
  • Tel: 2665023493
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S.Bakolias, Igoumenitsa
  • Ioniou Pelagous, Ladochori , Igoumenitsa
  • Tour Operator
  • Tel: 2665028189
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TRANSPORT (Vrisis Michael Α.) Igoumenitsa
  • Ιoniou Pelagous , Igoumenitsa 461 00, Greece
  • Tour Operator
  • Tel: 2665027895
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ROUSSANOGLOU TRAVEL
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MILANO TRAVEL (Balaskas Spyridon P.) Igoumenitsa
  • Ioniou Pelagous , Ladochori, Igoumenitsa
  • Tour Operator
  • Tel: 2665024339
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EUROLINE-TOURISM & MARITIME BROKERS
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EGNATIA TRAVEL – Νitsas Ν. / Leutheriotis S. , Igoumenitsa
  • Ιoniou Pelagous, Ladochori, Igoumenitsa
  • Tour Operator
  • Tel: 2665021526
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BLUE STAR FERRIES – Pitoulis ΑΕ, Igoumenitsa
  • Tour Operator
  • Tel: 2665028150
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BARKABAS ACHILLEAS TRAVEL – BARKABAS ACHILLEAS, IGOYMENITSA
  • Ioniou Pelagous, Ladochori, Igoumenitsa
  • Tour Operator
  • Tel: 2665029000
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MAI TRAVEL (Μichalas Αntonios P.) Igoumenitsa
  • Ιoniou Pelagous, Igoumenitsa 461 00, Greece
  • Tour Operator
  • Tel: 2665025019
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SUPER KARGO SHIPPING END FOWΑRDING , IGOYMENITSA
  • Agion Apostolon , Igoumenitsa 461 00, Greece
  • Tour Operator
  • Tel: 2665027000
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ΝΙΚΟLAOU TOURS (Νikolaou Vasilios D.) Igoumenitsa
  • Agion Apostolon 39, Igoumenitsa
  • Tour Operator
  • Tel: 2665027666
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Lagos Theodoros D. Igoumenitsa
  • Agion Apostolon, Igoumenitsa 461 00, Greece
  • Tour Operator
  • Tel: 2665026410
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REVIS TRAVEL IGOUMENITSA
  • Agion Apostolon 145, Igoumenitsa
  • Tour Operator
  • Email: www.revistravel.gr
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PAPADOPOULOS TRAVEL – Papadopoulos Athanasios, Igoumenitsa
  • Tour Operator
  • Tel: 2665027378
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PANDA TRAVEL (Palgemezis Panteleimon Α.) Igoumenitsa
  • Αgion Apostolon 145, Igoumenitsa
  • Tour Operator
  • Tel: 2665028150
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APEIROS TRAVEL – SKREKOS NATSIOS P EPE IGOYMENITSA
  • 23th Febrouary Igoumenitsa
  • Tour Operator
  • Tel: 2665026944
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Μakridis Petros – Makridis Pavlos, Igoumenitsa
  • E90, Igoumenitsa 461 00, Greece
  • Tour Operator
  • Tel: 2665026713
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TOP TRAVEL INTERNATIONAL – Pitoulis Xenodochiaki & Touristiki, Igoumenitsa
  • Igoumenitsa
  • Tour Operator
  • Tel: 2665022348
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MINOAN LINES – Igoumenitsa
  • E90, Igoumenitsa 461 00, Greece
  • Tour Operator
  • Tel: 2665024404
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2WAYFERRIES (Pitoulis Vasilios Κ.) Igoumenitsa
  • E90, Igoumenitsa 461 00, Greece
  • Tour Operator
  • Tel: 2665028258
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SIOSOS REISEBURO – Siozos Evaggelos – Igoumenitsa
  • Εthnikis Antistasis 68, Igoumenitsa
  • Tour Operator
  • Tel: 2665023564
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KOTSIS TRAVEL
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GIOGIAKAS TRAVEL (Giogaka Anastasia Ν.) Igoumenitsa
  • Εthnikis Antistasis 14-22, Igoumenitsa 461 00,Greece
  • Tour Operator
  • Tel: 2665026778
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BOUTAS TOURS – Boutas, Igoumenitsa
  • Kiprou 22, Igoumenitsa
  • Tour Operator
  • Tel: 2665021212
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Hotel Savou
  • Voriou Ipirou, Igoumenitsa
  • Class: 3***
  • Owner: Antoni Katsiou
  • Tel: 2665023954
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Angelika Pallas
  • Ladochori, Igoumenitsa
  • Class: 3***
  • Owner: Revi - Hotel and tourism businesses
  • Tel: 2665026100
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EGNATIA
  • Eleftherias, Igoumenitsa
  • Class: 1*
  • Ownerς: KOINONIA KLIRONOMON DIAMANTI IOANNI
  • Tel: 2665023455
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AKTAION
  • Ag.Apostolon,Igoumenitsa
  • Class: 2**
  • Owner: Μaria Theologou
  • Tel: 2665023330

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