The Nicopolis in Epirus, whose name contains the word victory, is built on the peninsula which separates the Amvrakikos bay from the Ionian Sea andis located across from Actium (Aktio) and 6 km north of Preveza. Nicopolis and became an important commercial center due to the important Sea and land routes leading there. The city was founded as a symbol of the great victory of Gaius Julius Caesar Octavian and later the Roman Emperor Augustus against Mark Antony and Cleopatra VII of Egypt at Actium in 31 BC and flourished during the Roman period. It was September 2, 31 BC, when the two fleets met at sea of Actium and ended the Roman civil strife. After the great victory, Octavian decided to establish the Nikopol, not just as a sign of the great victory, but basically as a control center in western Greece with Patras. Also, the foundation was part of the effort of Romanization of Greece and rebuilding old and establishing new cities, but also to stimulate the area, which has faced many difficulties since.
River Acheron is believed to be the ancient river Styx. In mythology the water was supposed to have magical powers, Achilles mother bathed him in the waters of the river Acheron as a baby, offering him immortality. His heel was the part the waters didn’t touch thus making it his only vulnerable spot. Sports at Acheron Rive: Rafting, Canoe-Kayak, Horse riding. Necromantion ‘Oracle of the dead’ which was the first oracle to be known in history. It was built at the gates of Hades and was created on the ancient Greek belief that the souls of the dead could see into the future. You will discover the stories behind this ritual and the elaborate on the lengths the priests went to in order to ‘prepare’ the pilgrims for their meeting with the dead.
Excursion to one of the most breathtaking sites on earth. A rare geological phenomenon, Meteora (meaning ‘suspended in air’), is at the foot of the Pindos Mountains, 120km from Ionannina. Rising from the plains is a group of rock pillars which were formed thousands of years ago with monasteries crowning the summit of these formidable pinnacles. Visit “Roussanou”, one of the two nunneries and then onto the “Great Meteoron” which is the largest and oldest monastery.
The sanctuary of Dodoni was as spiritual place in ancient Greece. It was one of the oldest Greek oracles and ancient people traveled great distances in order to consult the priests who foretold the future. Outside the temple of Zeus the priests gathered under the sacred Oak tree and listened to the sound of the leaves as they shivered in the breeze and glimpsed at the future. People from the entire known world would make the pilgrimage in ancient times in order to consult the future-telling Oak tree and to attend cultural festivals that took place regularly at Dodoni.
The jewel of the Ionian Sea. Corfu town (known locally as Kerkyra) will embrace you and leave you breathless with its beauty and culture. This old Venetian town, resplendent in colours of blue and gold, dominated by its imposing 16th century fortress, sums up the essence of Corfu’s history. You will have free time to explore this beautiful town with its Venetian, British and French influences and its many churches and museums. Stroll along the famous esplanade ‘The Listons’, enjoy a drink whilst watching cricket or explore the narrow streets of the old town with its intriguing corners and hidden delights.
According to Greek mythology these islands were created when Poseidon struck Corfu with his trident, causing the southernmost tip to break off and float away to become a separate island. This small island then became his 'love nest', where he could hide from his jealous wife and conduct his affair with the nymph Amphytrite, in peace and seclusion. True or not (!), the trident of Poseidon remains the symbol of Paxos. The green-filled islands are a place of special natural beauty with scenic little harbors, beautiful beaches, little coves, remote shores and enchanting caves. They are daily cruises to the Paxos Islands by boat or by speed boat so that you can enjoy them closely and swim along their sky blue beaches.
Parga is built as an amphitheatre of rare beauty. It is built on the fringes of the Enetic castle and it is clearly influenced by the architecture of the Ionian Islands. The beautiful Parga challenges you to explore its long history, the varied funds of natural beauty and the hospitality of its residents. The island of Virgin Mary, the narrow stone-paved paths, the traditional alleyways, the blossom neighbourhoods and traditional taverns, give their own taste to the magnificent landscape of Parga.
Metsovo is a mountain town near Ioannina that has been built at an altitude of 1160m. The area of Metsovo is surrounded by high mountains and its name is derived from the Latin word mansion, describing the use of Metsovo as a temporary, but key station at the Pindos mountain passes from Epirus to Thessaly and Macedonia and vice versa. Since the Ottoman Empire, Metsovo emerged as one of the major centers of mountainous farming. The processing of livestock products such as wool, hides and milk, and their trade, made Metsovo a significant craft industry center. The networks and spirit of Metsovo pioneered the Greek national idea, as well as, the creation and establishment of the Modern Greek nation. Evidence of this can be found at the Grand National Benefactors families of Averoff, Tositsa, Stournara and their works. Farming, cheese production, winemaking, logging, wood carving, folk art, textiles and tourism are the main occupations of the inhabitants. In the central square, visitors can find taverns with traditional cuisine (sheep kontosouvli, meatballs with leeks), dairy products, like the famous smoked cheese "Metsovone" made by the Tositsa Foundation dairy, and shops with local handicrafts and traditional products silversmith. For the lovers of skiing and snow Metsovo is a famous ski resort . The slopes are located at an altitude of 1690-1870 m. Visitors can rent equipment and snowmobile vehicles on location.. The Monasteries of Agios Nikolaos and the Holy Dormition are two remarkable monuments that you can visit both with just a walk along the paved streets of Metsovo.
Ioannina is the biggest city of Epirus and the capital city of the prefecture. Being built on the bank of Lake Pamvotis in 500 m altitude, it fascinates everyone with its beauty and its warm atmosphere. It is a lively city of 100.000 inhabitants, which carries a history of centuries. Each alley and square, each part of the city echoes its great tradition. The combination of innumerable historical monuments and museums with the unbelievable natural beauty of the landscape is a guarantee for the visitors. The castle of Ioannina, the lake with the island, the cave, the fabulous ancient city with its traditional stores and its exceptional market give no other choice to the visitors but attract their attention and captivate them. 1. PavlosVrellis Museum of Wax effigies It is a genuinely impressive creation, the biggest and most important museum of wax effigies in Greece, but also one of the best in the whole world. The insuperably beautiful wax effigies that literally “speak” the history of Epirus and the entire Greece will impress you. Do not forget to visit it for no reason! 2. Lake Pamvotis and the island of Ioannina The legendary lake of Ioannina, which is an integral piece of the city’s modern life and history is a source of life and a real ornament for the city. The splendid landscape and the natural beauty will charm you and you will be filled with positive energy if you take a walk on the street by the lake. The picturesque Island of Ioannina is situated in the middle of the lake. It is a beautiful settlement full of green that has particular historical importance and you should definitely visit it. 3. The Castle of Ioannina One of the oldest castles that are saved in Greece, the castle of Ioannina impresses everybody by its imposing presence until today. You will see the old city of Ioannina, important museums, mosques, dungeons, but the most important thing is that fables and traditions of centuries will become alive in front of your eyes. A piece of experience that is worth living! 4. Perama Cave It is an extraordinary world, a different world full of colour, pictures and mystery. The Cave of Perama, which was created about 1.500.000 years ago, was discovered by accident in 1940 and they began to explore it in 1956. Entering the Cave youwill remain with the mouth open in front of the beauty you will face, you will feel awe in front of nature’s force and you will be thrilled by the unusual atmosphere of the place. Do not miss it! 5. Museums and art galleries The museums and the art galleries that one meets in the city of Ioannina are of particular cultural importance. Those of you who are lovers of history, art and culture will have the chance to visit places that are remarkable sources of knowledge and information about many periods of the Greek history, but also to admire works of old and modern Greek artists. Mosques The period of the Turkish domination and particularly the presence of Ali Pasha in Ioannina have left their indelible marks in the city. There are enough buildings that are saved up to today and remind those days with more characteristic examples the three glorious mosques that predominate in the city and have left their mark to all those who have closely admired them.