Attractions In Ioannina

Explore The Attractions Of Ioannina
Acropolis of Its Kale
Epirus / Ioannina

The Acropolis of Its Kale makes up a large section of the castle and within it lay the Fetiye Mosque, the graves of Ali Pasha and his family as well as several former residences within the castle. The remains of the buildings which housed the castle guards and army advisors still exist here.

Agapios Tolis Folklore Museum
Epirus / Ioannina

Highlighting the rich cultural heritage of the Zagori region, the Agapios Tolis Folklore Museum offers its visitors a truly intriguing glimpse into the past. Entire traditional kitchen sets are on display as well as traditional furniture, tools, clothing and jewellery.

Agia Marina Oak Forest
Epirus / Ioannina

Located just outside the picturesque village of Agios Nikolaos, nature enthusiasts will swoon over the Agia Marina Oak Forest. Hiking trails snake their way through the forest and traditional stone bridges cross the Tiria River, creating a setting out of a Grimm’s fairytale.

Agia Paraskevi, Metsovo
Epirus / Ioannina

Standing proud in the centre of the village square is the church of Agia Paraskevi. It was constructed sometime during the 16th century and acts as the unofficial emblem church of Metsovo.

Agia Paraskevi, Monodendri
Epirus / Ioannina

All but dangling on the edge of the Vikos Gorge lays the monastery of Agia Paraskevi in the village of Monodendri. It’s the oldest church within the larger Zagori area. The church was reportedly built in 1412 by Lord Therianos as an act of gratitude for the healing of his daughter’s health problems. Its breathtaking location perched on the rock makes it a must-see for visitors.

Agios Georgios, Negades
Epirus / Ioannina

In the village of Negades, this church stands out for its remarkable frescoes and unique bell tower in the shape of a hexagon. The frescoes feature both saints and prominent figures of ancient Greece such as Aristotle and Plutarch, painted by some of the famed iconographers from the village of Kapesovo.

Agios Nikolaos Philanthropinon
Epirus / Ioannina

Located on the small island of “Nisaki” just across the lake from the city of Ioannina, this monastery features some interesting wall frescoes of various saints but also includes paintings of a few ancient Greek philosophers such as Plato and Aristotle.

Agios Panteleimon
Epirus / Ioannina

Also found on Nisaki island is this monastery in which the famed ruler Ali Pasha met his fate in 1822. He was beheaded in the lower level of the monastery as he awaited the sultan’s pardon in vain. Today the museum of pre-revolution history operates on site and the monasteries of the island keep their libraries here as well.

Ancient Acropolis of Sistrouni
Epirus / Ioannina

Just outside the village of Sistrouni in the southwest area of the region lie the remains of an ancient building which dates back to the fourth century BC. Little remains today, including a few remnants of walls and water tanks.

Ancient Dodona
Epirus / Ioannina

In the shadows of Mt. Tomaros lie the ruins of the oldest oracle in ancient Greece, with researchers placing its origins as far back as the Bronze Age between 2600 and 1900 BC. It was dedicated to an early deity representing the Earth Mother similar to Gaia or Rhea.

Ancient Skamneli
Epirus / Ioannina

Fragments of walls possibly dating back to the 8th century BC have been found outside the village of Skamneli. They are believed to be remnants of a fortification built by the Pelasgian tribe that inhabited these areas during that time.

Aoos Reservoir
Epirus / Ioannina

This lake may be artificial but the natural beauty surrounding it cannot be ignored. As the source of the Aoos River and home to a wide variety of plant and animal species, the reservoir is the perfect place for hiking and biking along the trails that encircle the lake.

Aoos River
Epirus / Ioannina

Making its way through the Aoos Gorge, this river comprises an important natural environment for numerous types of plants and animals. As part of the Vikos Aoos National park, the delicate ecosystem found along its banks is protected from hunters and fishers. It’s also one of the favoured rivers among experienced rafters, offering a difficulty level of five, one of the highest throughout the country.

Arachthos River
Epirus / Ioannina

Flowing down the Eastern section of the region and cutting through the Arachthos Gorge is the River Arachthos, known as the country’s prime rafting destination. If you prefer to enjoy nature on land, the numerous trails around the river and the Arachthos Gorge provide unique opportunities to witness a wide range of flora and fauna.

Archaeological Museum of Ioannina
Epirus / Ioannina

Ioannina’s Archaeological Museum is home to a large selection of interesting finds not only throughout Ioannina, but from the entire region of Epirus. The artefacts within the museums span several millennia, with exhibits featuring items from the Palaeolithic era including stone tools. There are also some interesting statuettes from the nearby site of Dodona.

Bounas Forest
Epirus / Ioannina

Located in the remote western part of the region, the Bounas Forest is a pristine example of nearly a virtually untouched natural environment. Several different species of oak trees as well as ash, hornbeam, and juniper thrive throughout the forest. The Kouvaras River runs along the eastern edge of the forest and casts a feeling as though one were in a fairytale.

Bourazani Wildlife Park
Epirus / Ioannina

Nestled within a fertile valley and surrounded by the Nemertsika, Tymfi and Grammos mountains lies an environment which has become a miniature Eden for several species of wildlife. Covering over 1500 stremmata, visitors to the park can see several types of deer, mountain goats, wild cats, and wild boars. There are also several types of flora and tree species found within the area, which is kept fertile by the Aoos River. The park is open daily and a wildlife resort and restaurant also operate on the premises.

Byzantine Museum
Epirus / Ioannina

Set within the Acropolis of Its Kale, this fascinating museum brings the past to life within the walls of Ioannina’s famed castle. Guests will witness over a millennia of history from the 4th until the 17th centuries via pottery, jewellery, tapestry, and a series of original manuscripts all showcasing Byzantine art and culture.

Castle houses of Pasha Kalou
Epirus / Ioannina

The former residences of Pasha Kalou can be found along the northern side of the castle. This is where the Aslan dynasty lived out over a century of drama before ceding power to Ali Pasha’s family. The views over the lake and island are most impressive here.

Castle kitchens
Epirus / Ioannina

Next to the Mosque of Aslan Pasha are the remains of the castle’s kitchens, where Ali Pasha’s decadent meals were once prepared. They were built towards the end of the 18th century and today a small cafe operates from this space.

Cave of Megalakkos
Epirus / Ioannina

The cave of Megalakkos lies just outside the village of Kleidi along the banks of the Voidomatis River. Excavations have unearthed human and animal bones dating back as early as 20,000 B.C. The cave is relatively small, with a height not surpassing 2 meters.

Central Zagori Forests
Epirus / Ioannina

Encompassing the majority of the Zagori region, this Natura 2000 area consists of several forests, mainly composed of Oak trees but also featuring Fir and Pine trees as well. Several hiking trails can be found throughout the area and the Iliohori Waterfall in the north section of the area along with the small Vikaki Gorge to the west are natural highlights not to be missed.

Church of Agioi Anargiroi
Epirus / Ioannina

The remains of the only church that operated within the castle walls during Ottoman rule lie behind the vault of Ali Pasha.

Church of Taxiarches, Kostaniani
Epirus / Ioannina

Another example of an early church is the Church of Taxiarches outside the village of Kostaniani. The date of its construction has been placed somewhere between the mid-11th century to the mid-13th century. It’s a cross-shaped church featuring three aisles and dedicated to the archangels.

Clock Tower
Epirus / Ioannina

At the central gate of the castle you’ll find the impressive clock tower built by local architect Pericles Melirritos during the rule of Osman Pasha from 1897 – 1905. It was constructed to celebrate the anniversary of rule under the Sultan Abdoul Hamit Han and contains inscriptions from the Koran.

Dolo Bridge
Epirus / Ioannina

Along the road from Dolo to Pogoniani, trekkers will encounter this simple, single-arched bridge which crosses the Kouvaras ravine.

Emin Aga Inn (Near Melia Village)
Epirus / Ioannina

Throughout the Louros River Valley in the southern area of the region, there are several preserved inns dating back to when the area was frequently travelled through by caravans and horse-drawn carriages. The most famous of all is the Emin Aga Inn, which acted as the headquarters of the Greek army stationed throughout Epirus during the fight for the liberation of northern Greece from the Turks. After nearly two years of fighting, the Turkish troops surrendered and signed a treaty here, and in 1913, the Greek army liberated Ioannina. The Inn stands near the banks of the Louros River west of the village Melia and today houses the War of 1912-1913 museum.

Fetiye Mosque
Epirus / Ioannina

Within the Fortress of Its Kale stands this impressive mosque. Its current structure was commissioned by Ali Pasha in 1795 to replace the older version built 1430 on top of the ruins of an old Byzantine Church. A later version of the mosque was built to commemorate the defeat of a peasant uprising lead by Dionysius “the philosopher” in 1611. The graves of Ali Pasha and his family can be found in the courtyard in front of the mosque.

Glinavos Estate
Epirus / Ioannina

Zitsa’s signature wine is a semi-sweet rose known for its subtly spicy flavour and counts the famous Philhellene Lord Byron as one of its many enthusiasts. Other locally-produced varieties include the white Debina, as well as the red Bekari and Vlahiko wines. The Glinavos Estate produces these varieties from their picturesque vineyards in Zitsa. Wine tastings and tours are one of the highlights of the area.

Gormos Gorge
Epirus / Ioannina

Notably greener than most of the other gorges throughout Ioannina, the Gormos Gorge lies just west of the fertile Gormos Valley. It’s also much less rocky and steep, making it an excellent place to explore on foot. Additionally, the area is known for its variety of rare flora and springtime offers visitors a remarkable pallet of colours which paint the valley and gorge.

Gormos River Valley
Epirus / Ioannina

The fertile land of the Gormos River Valley that has been a blessing to farmers and shepherds throughout the Pogoni region has actually benefited man for over two millennia. Archaeologists have found several areas which contain artefacts and remains spanning from as far back as the 11th century BC. Throughout the wider area, remains of settlements as well as tombs have been excavated and the artefacts found there can be seen in Ioannina’s Archaeological museum.

Gormos Valley
Epirus / Ioannina

The vast fertile green plains of the Gormos Valley lie in between Mount Kasidiaris to the south, Mt. Koutsokrano to the west, Mt. Nemertsika to the north, and the mighty Mount Dousko to the east. The area has been a welcome haven to shepherds and others involved in agricultural pursuits and is also home to a variety of different flora and grasses not found elsewhere throughout the region. It is protected under the Natura 2000 initiative.

Grave of Ali Pasha
Epirus / Ioannina

Ali Pasha’s body is buried in front of the Fetiye Mosque and his grave is located within an intricate iron cage. The infamous ruler of Ioannina met his fate on the small island across the lake, where he waited in vain for absolution from the Sultan. Instead, he was met with a band of the empire’s soldier who decapitated him and took his head with them to Constantinople.

Gretsi Bridge (Kato Meropi Village)
Epirus / Ioannina

A few kilometres south of the village of Kato Meropi lays this single-arched bridge which spans a small ravine and sits above a small waterfall. It was built in 1830 and is located near the watermill of Palaiopirgos.

Greveniti Forest
Epirus / Ioannina

Just west of the village of Greveniti lies the beautiful Beech Forest of Greveniti which eventually opens up at the banks of the Aoos Reservoir. The picturesque Pond of Greveniti is north of the forest and features a beautiful array of flowers and other plants.

Harem of Ali Pasha
Epirus / Ioannina

Ironically, next to the church of Agios Anargiros are the remains of the infamous harem of Ali Pasha. It has been said that here, Ali the womaniser had 300 women coming from all parts of the Ottoman Empire.

Holy Monastery of Kipinas
Epirus / Ioannina

If there were one church throughout all of Ioannina which should be on every traveller’s itinerary, this would be it. Literally chiselled and built into the surrounding rock, the Holy Monastery of Kipinas is one of Greece’s most beautiful and impressive churches.

Holy Monastery of Vellas
Epirus / Ioannina

This church was first founded during the 11th century, though today’s structure dates back to the 18th century. It has served as both a religious and cultural centre of importance during the last century. A well-known seminary was held here and the monastery is still home to a Higher Ecclesiastical School. The church is dedicated to the Virgin Mary.

Ioannina Castle
Epirus / Ioannina

The oldest Byzantine castle in the country also serves as the emblem of the city and acts as a reminder of both the glory and hardship that Ioannina has enjoyed and endured over centuries. A truly impressive structure, it encompasses 200 acres with the perimeter of its walls spanning 2000 square meters. It was first built under the supervision of the Byzantine emperor Justinian I in 528 A.D. in an attempt to raise the empire’s defence system in the event of an attack as well as to house the empire’s administration centre.

Island of Ioannina (Ioannina city)
Epirus / Ioannina

Ioannina’s small island sits peacefully across the water and adds to the unique and picturesque charm of the city. The island’s small village is a living monument, full of traditionally-built houses, churches, monasteries and museums. The most famous monastery is that of Agios Panteleimonas, where the Ottoman ruler Ali Pasha was decapitated. Today it houses the museum of Ali Pasha. Boats run frequently, especially during the summer months. The island’s population around 350 are enjoying revenue due to heightened tourist interest.

Jewish quarter (Ioannina city)
Epirus / Ioannina

Just outside the castle walls is what is today known as the Jewish quarter. Here a handful of elderly Jewish residents live in apartments. There is also a Jewish community centre here. The small neighbourhood stands atop the former synagogue that was destroyed by the Nazis during the German occupation of WWII.

Kaber Aga (Miliotades Village)
Epirus / Ioannina

This bridge crosses the junction of the Varda and Zagoritikou Rivers just outside the village of Miliotades in Eastern Zagori. Its unique appearance is owed to its low arch and two filled arches on either side. Named after its benefactor, this bridge was built in 1875 and crosses the Varda River. As one of the largest bridges in the area, it spans 60 metres.

Kalamas Falls
Epirus / Ioannina

North of Theogefyra stands the enchanting waterfall of the Kalamas River. A hiking trail which begins in the village of Parakalamos takes about an hour and a half to complete and takes walkers along the forested path which runs next to the river and leads to the falls.

Kalarytikos River
Epirus / Ioannina

Just because it’s only a tributary of the larger Arachthos River doesn’t mean that this river should go unnoticed. Rafters will delight in its tight turns and white water rapids while hikers will find hiking along its banks and exploring the wider in the shadows of Mt. Tzoumerka.

Kalogerikos Bridge (Kipi Village)
Epirus / Ioannina

This unique three-arched bridge is located just outside the village of Kipi is also known as Plakida Bridge. Its construction was originally financed by Abbot Kalogerikos in 1814, but decades later, Alexis Plakidas, a resident from the nearby village of Koukouli paid for its renovation in 1865. It spans 56 metres and is one of the most well-known bridges throughout the country.

Kalouta Bridge
Epirus / Ioannina

This large bridge outside the village of Kalouta features three stone arches and spans 51 metres in length. It was built in 1812 and stands next to a water mill.

Kastraki
Epirus / Ioannina

On the hill of Kastraki just outside the village of Kleidonias lie ruins of a building dating back to the 3rd century B.C. Today there isn’t much left to see but the view is worth the small hike to the top of the hill.

Katogi Averoff Hotel and Winery
Epirus / Ioannina

Wine connoisseurs and style conscious travellers will find refuge at the Katogi Averoff Hotel and winery in Metsovo. Tip-toeing the fine line between the local traditional style and simplistic minimalism, the hotel’s 15 rooms manage to bring the colourful local culture to life. With its own winery located in the basement as well as a restaurant and bar, guests will feel as though there is just as much culture inside the hotel as there is outside within the picturesque alleyways of the village.

Kleidonias Bridge
Epirus / Ioannina

Located at the end of the Vikos Gorge, this elegant, high-arched bridge is in fine condition, despite the fact that it was built in 1853. It sits just outside the village of Kleidonias and bridges the Voidomatis River, explaining why this bridge is sometimes referred to as “Voidomatis Bridge”.

Kokori Bridge
Epirus / Ioannina

One of the older bridges throughout the region is this beautiful stone bridge built in part by Gregoris Kokoris. It was first built in 1750 with money given by Noutsou Kondodimou, (the bridge is also referred to as Kondodimos Bridge). Unfortunately, it collapsed several times and had to be rebuilt. Not to worry, the current example is sturdy and lies between the villages of Kipi, Koukouli and Dilofo.

Konitsas Bridge
Epirus / Ioannina

One of the finest examples of stone bridges throughout the region as well as the recognisable emblem of Konitsa is this bridge which bears the village’s name. Built in 1870 by Ziogos Frontzos and other builders from the village of Pirsoyianni, this impressive, single-arched bridge spans over 35 metres across the Aoos River and is a must-see for visitors in the area.

Kouvaras Gorge
Epirus / Ioannina

The Kouvaras Gorge is a great place for nature lovers to explore and enjoy the clear waters of the Kouvaras River as well as the fairytale stone bridges that can be found throughout the area. An easy-going path which begins in the village of Pogoniani cuts through the gorge and passes the river, offering hikers a great snapshot of the region’s beauty.

Lake Pamvotida
Epirus / Ioannina

This legendary lake dominates the city of Ioannina at just about every angle. It’s been the scene of mass murders, a means of escape and source of income for centuries. Today Ioannina’s Lake Pamvotida still remains a place of importance as the setting for a diverse and unique ecosystem. Numerous types of grasses, reeds and algae provide the food for a variety of species. Of particular importance is the lake’s role as a stopover on several migratory birds’ routes southward. Visitors can enjoy the lake by paddle boat, canoe, kayak or simply indulge in a scenic walk around the lake’s border.

Lake Vouliasta
Epirus / Ioannina

This lake is the source of the Louros River and a remarkable area of beauty. Thick vegetation and trees surround the lake which is home to a rich variety of flora and fauna. A few kilometres to the south lies the hydroelectric plant, powered by the River Louros and providing energy to the country’s electrical company.

Lake Zaravina
Epirus / Ioannina

One of the deepest lakes in the country, Lake Zaravina supports a wide range of flora and wildlife. It’s a favoured stop-over for herons, storks and other migratory birds on their way south, as well as having a large variety of fish and amphibians that thrive within the area of the lake. Also, several types of lilies, reeds and other plant species are found here.

Litharitsia Park (Ioannina city)
Epirus / Ioannina

A short distance from the castle lies the Promahona Litharitsia, which roughly translates into “rock fortress.” Commissioned by Ali Pasha in 1800, this impressive fortification was constructed to act as a first line of defence against enemies attempting to breach the castle walls. It was once fortified with canons and other weapons. Today a cafe and restaurant operate within its walls and offer enchanting views over the lake.

Livadakia Bridge (Agios Nikolaos village)
Epirus / Ioannina

Featuring two arches of differing sizes, this large bridge crosses the stream of Livadakia just outside the village of Agios Nikolaos.

Louros River
Epirus / Ioannina

The Louros River may only flow through the southernmost part of the prefecture, but it is an area of invaluable importance to myriad plant and animal species, as well as providing the power for a hydroelectric plant found along its path. Unfortunately, due to pollution, activities such as rafting and kayaking are forbidden.

Makralexi Holy Monastery
Epirus / Ioannina

Dedicated to the Dormition of the Virgin Mary, this monastery features some impressive wall frescoes and paintings throughout. It was once a complex of buildings, though now only the main temple area exists, dating back to 1585. However, local legends place its original foundation as far back as the 7th century, under the rule of Emperor Constantine the 4th.

Misiou Bridge (Near Vitsa and Koukouli)
Epirus / Ioannina

Another older bridge is that of Misiou, found along the stairs of Skala Vitsas which connects the villages of Vitsa and Koukouli. It was built in 1748 by Alexis Misios and offers its explorers fantastic views of the Vikos Gorge.

Molyvdoskepastos Monastery
Epirus / Ioannina

The Molyvdoskepastos Monastery lies within mere metres of Greece’s northern border with Albania. It’s one of the oldest churches throughout the region, dating back to the mid-5th century. According to stone inscriptions on the existing building, it was commissioned by the emperor Konstantinos Pogonatos, though there are some doubts to the efficacy of that claim. What is more certain was its impressive renovation that took place during the rule of the Byzantine emperor Andronikos Palaiologos in the 14th century.

Monastery of Agios Nikolaos
Epirus / Ioannina

Dedicated to St. Nicolas, this church can be found at the southern edge of town in Metsovo. It’s a large monastery that was considerably wealthy at one time and today still has an impressive amount of land surrounding it which is used for vineyards.

Monastery of Dichouni
Epirus / Ioannina

This unassuming monastery is noteworthy not for any of its physical characteristics or collections, but for one of its monks who attended the monastery during the end of the 16th century.

Monastery of Kokkini Petra
Epirus / Ioannina

Also known as “Kiatra Rossia” in the local Vlach dialect, both names mean “red stone” and its interior filled with beautiful frescoes is certain to impress visitors. While the actual founding date remains unknown, the paintings date back to the mid-18th century.

Monastery of Metamorphosis Sotiros, Romanos
Epirus / Ioannina

One of the oldest churches throughout the Ioannina region is this large monastery outside the village of Romanos, first built in 1113. The church stands on a site where artefacts dating back to prehistoric times have been found, as well as an ancient cemetery. It’s dedicated to the transfiguration of Christ and contains an abbey, monk’s cells and a bell tower reaching three storeys.

Monastery of Panagia Chrysovitsa
Epirus / Ioannina

Within the village of Chrysovitsa, this intriguing monastery has been the focus of an interesting legend. According to tradition, the church had originally been built around a miracle-working icon which was allegedly crafted by Luke, one of Christ’s disciples. The icon has since travelled, supposedly visiting a number of churches and its whereabouts are said to be known by a select few within the monastic republic of Athos in northern Greece. While tales of the icon are still being disputed, the wealth of the monastery is undeniable. The church opened and financed the village school of Chrysovitsa as well as number of public works in the past.

Monastery of Panagia, Sistrouni
Epirus / Ioannina

Dating back to 1156, this church dedicated to the birth of the Virgin Mary is impressive not only for its age or large stone temple, but of the beautiful area that it’s found in. Along the banks of the mythical Acherontas River and surrounded by large plane trees and colourful flowers, a visit to this church is a must, both for the faithful and for lovers of nature.

Monastery of Prophet Elijah
Epirus / Ioannina

As many churches in Greece named after the prophet Elijah, this monastery is built on the highest point of the region of Zitsa in the northwest part of the prefecture. Aside from the fantastic views, this monastery is also famous for the fact that the famous Philhellene, Lord Byron, stayed here and even wrote a poem about the beauty of the area and the church itself.

Mosque of Aslan Pasha
Epirus / Ioannina

This mosque, also known as the Mosque of Ali Pasha, was built in 1618, almost 200 years before its namesake came to power in the region. In 1993, the mosque underwent an ambitious renovation and today it houses the Public Ethnographic Museum of Ioannina. Visitors can see a large array of pieces such as jewellery, weapons and furniture from previous centuries.

Mosque of Kaloutsianis/Kanli Tsesme (Ioannina city)
Epirus / Ioannina

One of the three surviving mosques throughout Ioannina and the only which stands outside the castle walls. This mosque was built during the late 15th century in order to give the growing Turkish population a place to worship within the area. It’s also referred to as Kanli Tsesme which means “blood spring” due to the fact that several Christian rebels were put to death outside of the mosque during a failed peasant uprising in the early 17th century.

Mount Mitsikeli
Epirus / Ioannina

Mount Mitsikeli creates the southern border of the Zagori region as well as the North Pindos National Park. It is an area of natural beauty featuring a variety of wildlife and large birds of prey. It is part of the Natura 2000 initiative.

Mount Peristeri
Epirus / Ioannina

Part of both the Mt. Tzoumerka National Park as well as the Natura 2000 programme, this mountain provides a convenient place for people staying in the nearby village of Syrrako to explore. Forests of black pine and fir trees cover some of the mountain, which is also home to several plant species and different types of mushrooms.

Mount Timfi (Papingos)
Epirus / Ioannina

Dominating the skyline around the Zagorohoria villages is Mt. Timfi or Papingos as locals refer to it. Nature enthusiasts and conservationists are drawn to the area on account of its immense natural beauty but also due to its unique landscape and rare species.

Mt. Tzoumerka
Epirus / Ioannina

The National Park of Mt. Tzoumerka is a nature lover’s dream, complete with a wide array of wildlife, forests full of several types of trees such as pine, fir and beech, and several hiking trails of varying difficulty.

Mylou Bridge (Bagiotiko River)
Epirus / Ioannina

One of the most unique bridges throughout the region is the Bridge of Mylou which crosses the Bagiotiko River just outside the village of Kipi. Not only is it a double-arched bridge, but one of its arches is smaller than the other. It was built in 1748 and takes its name from the Greek word for mill (mylos), as there used to be an old mill nearby.

Nonoulos Bridge (Near Dolo village)
Epirus / Ioannina

This bridge takes its name from the elderly woman who paid for its reconstruction. Originally a wooden bridge, it was replaced in 1908 by the stone version that exists today. It crosses at the beginning of the Kouvaras Gorge just north of Dolo village.

Northern Pindos National Park
Epirus / Ioannina

The North Pindos National Park encompasses a large portion of the Ioannina Region throughout the smaller sub-regions of Zagori, Metsovo and Konitsa. A large number of mountains, rivers, lakes as well as a variety of wildlife and flora are found and protected within the park’s borders. A great place to learn more about the park and the efforts to conserve the unique natural environment is at one of the Northern Pindos National Park information centres. There are centres in the villages of Metsovo, Asprangeli as well as a small kiosk in Milia.

Old Jewish Synagogue
Epirus / Ioannina

The Kahal Kadosh Yashan synagogue known as the “old synagogue” can be found within the castle’s walls along Justinian Street. Its foundation is believed to date back to the Byzantine period. Today’s surviving structure was renovated in 1987 and survives thanks to the efforts of former Ioannina mayor Dimitrios Vlahides. He convinced the Nazis not to destroy it, claiming that the Greeks wished to convert it into a library. He also managed to save dozens of Jewish artefacts found within the church that were later given to returning survivors of the holocaust.

Panagia Labovou
Epirus / Ioannina

Also located near the village of Achladea is this small single-spaced church was where a strange ceremony took place involving shepherds bringing their sheep and goats through the church and back out again. Each of the two arched entranceways was designated for humans and animals.

Panagia Monastery, Dramesioi
Epirus / Ioannina

Built during the 17th century, this monastery dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary contains both stone and wooden structures such as a school, a precinct and cells. There is also a wooden temple found within the church that dates back to 1683. The church is located just outside the village of Dramesioi.

Panagia Tosketi Monastery
Epirus / Ioannina

One of the largest and most important churches in the area is this monastery built in 1714 in the village of Achladea. It’s dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary and hosts a number of events both religious and secular. Large murals painted by some of the best artists from the area of Kastanochoria decorate the interior. Outside, the bell tower and dome complete the church’s aesthetics.

Panagia Vissikou Monastery
Epirus / Ioannina

This church dates back to 1114, when it was founded by the then Prince Micheal. It underwent a massive renovation in 1787 and was later filled with beautiful paintings and frescoes crafted by iconographers from the famed villages of Kapesovo and Tsepelovo.

PASCHALEIOS SCHOOL MUSEUM
Epirus / Ioannina

Originally founded in 1861, this former school was a leading centre of the art of iconography during the 19th century. Centuries before the school was opened, the village of Kapesovo became well-known for its talented iconographers whose works can be seen in churches throughout Greece. Today it houses a small collection of objects related to the art of iconography as well as well-preserved icons.

Plaka Bridge (Tzoumerka area)
Epirus / Ioannina

One of the most well-known and recognisable bridges throughout the region is the bridge of Plaka located within the Tzoumerka region. Its elegant, single arch crosses the Arachthos River and has an overall length of 61 metres.

Potamaki Bridge
Epirus / Ioannina

This simple, single-arched bridge crosses the Potamaki Stream and lies outside the villages of Seniko and Kerasea.

Poudia Nouaou Bridge (Syrakko village)
Epirus / Ioannina

Meaning “new bridge” in the Vlach dialect, this bridge was built around 1800 just outside the entrance of the village of Syrakko. Its single arch crosses the Arachthos and Kalaritikos Rivers.

Poudia Viaklia Bridge (Syrakko village)
Epirus / Ioannina

Meaning “old bridge” in the Vlach dialect, this bridge lies close to the entrance of Syrakko and just a few kilometres from Poudia Nouaou or “new bridge”.

Prehistoric site of Vitsa-Monodedri
Epirus / Ioannina

Between the villages of Vitsa and Monodendri lie the remains of a settlement belonging to the Mollosian tribe. Remnants of the Mollosians have been found extensively throughout the wider Epirus region and this site is believed to date as far back as the 9th century BC. The site consists of the ruins of residences as well as two graveyards. Weapons, jewellery and pottery were found buried along with the remains of over 150 people. The artefacts are displayed in both the Archaeological Museum of Ioannina and the National Archaeological Museum in Athens.

Rogovos Monastery
Epirus / Ioannina

This monastery was first commissioned by the sister of the then Byzantine emperor, Romanos III, during the mid 11th century. During the following centuries, the monastery became considerably wealthy and at one point, the residents of Tselepovo (near where the monastery is located) debated whether or not to turn it into a university. Though it never became a centre for higher learning, the monastery still contains an impressive library.

Sosinou Holy Monastery
Epirus / Ioannina

Another church with impressive views is the Sosinou Holy Monastery just outside the village of Ano Parakalamos, which looks over the Kalamos River valley atop Sosinou Hill. The hill is also home to traces of a fortress dating back to the 4th century BC, though little else is known.

Soufari Serai
Epirus / Ioannina

This impressive building is located in the eastern section of the castle. It was built in 1818 and was used as Ali Pasha’s cavalry school. Throughout its history, it has been used by the Greek army as a warehouse garage as well as other military functions. It had fallen into disarray before undergoing an extensive renovation project. Today it houses a library containing invaluable historical documents.

Soufari Serai
Epirus / Ioannina

This impressive building is located in the eastern section of the castle. It was built in 1818 and was used as Ali Pasha’s cavalry school. Throughout its history, it has been used by the Greek army as a warehouse garage as well as other military functions. It had fallen into disarray before undergoing an extensive renovation project. Today it houses a library containing invaluable historical documents.

Soulaeiman Mosque (Konitsa)
Epirus / Ioannina

In the southern area of Konitsa, the well-preserved Soulaeiman Mosque was built to honour the Sultan Soulaeiman in 1536. Though it has needed several renovations, it’s unique due to the fact that its minaret is still intact. It stands in a picturesque location on the side of a hill.

Spiliotisa Monastery
Epirus / Ioannina

Built in 1665 by monks Sophronios and Joakim, this monastery seems to emerge from the steep cliffs that it has virtually been built into. Its unique location along the Voidomatis River as well as the series of trap doors found inside, make it one of the most frequently-visited monasteries in the area.

Stoes (Ioannina city)
Epirus / Ioannina

Throughout the city there are several stoes (long alleyways inside buildings) that have changed little over the centuries from when they were first built. Today, they have been tastefully converted into walkways lined with restaurants, cafes, bars and shops. Adding to the city’s historical charm, a walk down these stoes is parallel to a journey back through time. Some of the most well-known are the stoes of Liabey, Louli and Baratsa.

The Folklore and History Museum of Elafotopos
Epirus / Ioannina

Over 2000 historical artefacts are on display in this folklore museum housed in the former school house of the small village of Elafotopos. The exhibits mainly focus on the tools used by the numerous builders and craftsmen throughout the region dating as early as 1800.

Tower of Voihmoundou
Epirus / Ioannina

This impressive tower dominates the skyline over Ioannina’s castle. It stands on top of the Acropolis of Its Kale.

Tyria
Epirus / Ioannina

This double-arched bridge stands over the Tyria River just north of the village of Agios Nikolaos.

Valia Kalda
Epirus / Ioannina

The region of Valia Kalda is found in the westernmost part of the Ioannina region and though only a small section of it is located in the perfecture of Ioannina, it is certainly worth exploring. Just west of the central Zagori forests, this mountain range offers hiking trails, mountain refuges and a wide range of fauna and flora.

Vault of Ali Pasha
Epirus / Ioannina

Below the Tower of Voihmoundou lies the infamous vault of Ali Pasha. The ruler’s fortune was said to be incomparable to any of its time and has yet to be found. Some believe that it was carried off to Constantinople by the sultan’s forces after the assassination of Ali Pasha, yet others claim it has yet to be found. Today it houses interesting exhibits of gold and silver jewellery dating back to the 17th century.

Vikos Gorge
Epirus / Ioannina

For hundreds of years, the inhabitants of the Zagori region have used the long list of plant species which can only be found in the gorge as medicinal remedies for everything from headaches to infertility.

Vlach Village of Aetomilitsa
Epirus / Ioannina

Braving the heights of Mount Grammos, the traditional village of Aetomilitsa literally sits at the pinnacle of Ioannina prefecture. Its fame comes not only from its altitude but also due to its prosperity, boasting flocks of over 40,000 sheep and goats at times in the past. For centuries it has been a stopping point along the route of the semi-nomadic ethnic group known as Vlachs.

Voidomatis Gorge
Epirus / Ioannina

Much smaller in size to the neighbouring Vikos Gorge, the Voidomatis Gorge features the picturesque Voidomatis River as well as some fine traditional stone bridges and quaint villages nearby. It is another area frequented by nature enthusiasts who have the option of enjoying the gorge on foot along the hiking trail, or on the river itself via rafting or kayaking their way through the gorge. Walking the Voidomatis Gorge is a leisurely 2.5 hour hike.

Voutsas Monastery
Epirus / Ioannina

Another monastery with ties to an emperor is the Voutsas Monastery just west of the village of Doliani. The current building dates back to 1680, though it was first founded in the 7th century by emperor Konstantinos Pogonatos.

Zermas Bridge
Epirus / Ioannina

Along the road from Plagias to Drosopigi lies this double-arched bridge. Though the date of its original building is unknown, it was renovated at least twice, in 1870 and 1927.

Zosimaia Public Library (Ioannina city)
Epirus / Ioannina

This building was originally designed by Pericles Melirritos, the architect who designed the city’s clock tower. It originally housed the city’s baths which operated here until the 1960s. Today it has been turned into an impressive library featuring over 300 books. It was established by the well-known and successful Zosimaia family, whose 6 sons travelled extensively through Europe and enriched the region and country with culture through their generous endowments.

Ancient Acropolis of Sistrouni
Epirus / Ioannina

Just outside the village of Sistrouni in the southwest area of the region lie the remains of an ancient building which dates back to the fourth century BC. Little remains today, including a few remnants of walls and water tanks.

Ancient Dodona
Epirus / Ioannina

In the shadows of Mt. Tomaros lie the ruins of the oldest oracle in ancient Greece, with researchers placing its origins as far back as the Bronze Age between 2600 and 1900 BC. It was dedicated to an early deity representing the Earth Mother similar to Gaia or Rhea.

Ancient Skamneli
Epirus / Ioannina

Fragments of walls possibly dating back to the 8th century BC have been found outside the village of Skamneli. They are believed to be remnants of a fortification built by the Pelasgian tribe that inhabited these areas during that time.

Gormos River Valley
Epirus / Ioannina

The fertile land of the Gormos River Valley that has been a blessing to farmers and shepherds throughout the Pogoni region has actually benefited man for over two millennia. Archaeologists have found several areas which contain artefacts and remains spanning from as far back as the 11th century BC. Throughout the wider area, remains of settlements as well as tombs have been excavated and the artefacts found there can be seen in Ioannina’s Archaeological museum.

Kastraki
Epirus / Ioannina

On the hill of Kastraki just outside the village of Kleidonias lie ruins of a building dating back to the 3rd century B.C. Today there isn’t much left to see but the view is worth the small hike to the top of the hill.

Prehistoric site of Vitsa-Monodedri
Epirus / Ioannina

Between the villages of Vitsa and Monodendri lie the remains of a settlement belonging to the Mollosian tribe. Remnants of the Mollosians have been found extensively throughout the wider Epirus region and this site is believed to date as far back as the 9th century BC. The site consists of the ruins of residences as well as two graveyards. Weapons, jewellery and pottery were found buried along with the remains of over 150 people. The artefacts are displayed in both the Archaeological Museum of Ioannina and the National Archaeological Museum in Athens.

Acropolis of Its Kale
Epirus / Ioannina

The Acropolis of Its Kale makes up a large section of the castle and within it lay the Fetiye Mosque, the graves of Ali Pasha and his family as well as several former residences within the castle. The remains of the buildings which housed the castle guards and army advisors still exist here.

Castle houses of Pasha Kalou
Epirus / Ioannina

The former residences of Pasha Kalou can be found along the northern side of the castle. This is where the Aslan dynasty lived out over a century of drama before ceding power to Ali Pasha’s family. The views over the lake and island are most impressive here.

Castle kitchens
Epirus / Ioannina

Next to the Mosque of Aslan Pasha are the remains of the castle’s kitchens, where Ali Pasha’s decadent meals were once prepared. They were built towards the end of the 18th century and today a small cafe operates from this space.

Church of Agioi Anargiroi
Epirus / Ioannina

The remains of the only church that operated within the castle walls during Ottoman rule lie behind the vault of Ali Pasha.

Clock Tower
Epirus / Ioannina

At the central gate of the castle you’ll find the impressive clock tower built by local architect Pericles Melirritos during the rule of Osman Pasha from 1897 – 1905. It was constructed to celebrate the anniversary of rule under the Sultan Abdoul Hamit Han and contains inscriptions from the Koran.

Fetiye Mosque
Epirus / Ioannina

Within the Fortress of Its Kale stands this impressive mosque. Its current structure was commissioned by Ali Pasha in 1795 to replace the older version built 1430 on top of the ruins of an old Byzantine Church. A later version of the mosque was built to commemorate the defeat of a peasant uprising lead by Dionysius “the philosopher” in 1611. The graves of Ali Pasha and his family can be found in the courtyard in front of the mosque.

Grave of Ali Pasha
Epirus / Ioannina

Ali Pasha’s body is buried in front of the Fetiye Mosque and his grave is located within an intricate iron cage. The infamous ruler of Ioannina met his fate on the small island across the lake, where he waited in vain for absolution from the Sultan. Instead, he was met with a band of the empire’s soldier who decapitated him and took his head with them to Constantinople.

Harem of Ali Pasha
Epirus / Ioannina

Ironically, next to the church of Agios Anargiros are the remains of the infamous harem of Ali Pasha. It has been said that here, Ali the womaniser had 300 women coming from all parts of the Ottoman Empire.

Ioannina Castle
Epirus / Ioannina

The oldest Byzantine castle in the country also serves as the emblem of the city and acts as a reminder of both the glory and hardship that Ioannina has enjoyed and endured over centuries. A truly impressive structure, it encompasses 200 acres with the perimeter of its walls spanning 2000 square meters. It was first built under the supervision of the Byzantine emperor Justinian I in 528 A.D. in an attempt to raise the empire’s defence system in the event of an attack as well as to house the empire’s administration centre.

Litharitsia Park (Ioannina city)
Epirus / Ioannina

A short distance from the castle lies the Promahona Litharitsia, which roughly translates into “rock fortress.” Commissioned by Ali Pasha in 1800, this impressive fortification was constructed to act as a first line of defence against enemies attempting to breach the castle walls. It was once fortified with canons and other weapons. Today a cafe and restaurant operate within its walls and offer enchanting views over the lake.

Mosque of Aslan Pasha
Epirus / Ioannina

This mosque, also known as the Mosque of Ali Pasha, was built in 1618, almost 200 years before its namesake came to power in the region. In 1993, the mosque underwent an ambitious renovation and today it houses the Public Ethnographic Museum of Ioannina. Visitors can see a large array of pieces such as jewellery, weapons and furniture from previous centuries.

Old Jewish Synagogue
Epirus / Ioannina

The Kahal Kadosh Yashan synagogue known as the “old synagogue” can be found within the castle’s walls along Justinian Street. Its foundation is believed to date back to the Byzantine period. Today’s surviving structure was renovated in 1987 and survives thanks to the efforts of former Ioannina mayor Dimitrios Vlahides. He convinced the Nazis not to destroy it, claiming that the Greeks wished to convert it into a library. He also managed to save dozens of Jewish artefacts found within the church that were later given to returning survivors of the holocaust.

Soufari Serai
Epirus / Ioannina

This impressive building is located in the eastern section of the castle. It was built in 1818 and was used as Ali Pasha’s cavalry school. Throughout its history, it has been used by the Greek army as a warehouse garage as well as other military functions. It had fallen into disarray before undergoing an extensive renovation project. Today it houses a library containing invaluable historical documents.

Vault of Ali Pasha
Epirus / Ioannina

Below the Tower of Voihmoundou lies the infamous vault of Ali Pasha. The ruler’s fortune was said to be incomparable to any of its time and has yet to be found. Some believe that it was carried off to Constantinople by the sultan’s forces after the assassination of Ali Pasha, yet others claim it has yet to be found. Today it houses interesting exhibits of gold and silver jewellery dating back to the 17th century.

Cave of Megalakkos
Epirus / Ioannina

The cave of Megalakkos lies just outside the village of Kleidi along the banks of the Voidomatis River. Excavations have unearthed human and animal bones dating back as early as 20,000 B.C. The cave is relatively small, with a height not surpassing 2 meters.

Agia Paraskevi, Metsovo
Epirus / Ioannina

Standing proud in the centre of the village square is the church of Agia Paraskevi. It was constructed sometime during the 16th century and acts as the unofficial emblem church of Metsovo.

Agia Paraskevi, Monodendri
Epirus / Ioannina

All but dangling on the edge of the Vikos Gorge lays the monastery of Agia Paraskevi in the village of Monodendri. It’s the oldest church within the larger Zagori area. The church was reportedly built in 1412 by Lord Therianos as an act of gratitude for the healing of his daughter’s health problems. Its breathtaking location perched on the rock makes it a must-see for visitors.

Agios Georgios, Negades
Epirus / Ioannina

In the village of Negades, this church stands out for its remarkable frescoes and unique bell tower in the shape of a hexagon. The frescoes feature both saints and prominent figures of ancient Greece such as Aristotle and Plutarch, painted by some of the famed iconographers from the village of Kapesovo.

Agios Nikolaos Philanthropinon
Epirus / Ioannina

Located on the small island of “Nisaki” just across the lake from the city of Ioannina, this monastery features some interesting wall frescoes of various saints but also includes paintings of a few ancient Greek philosophers such as Plato and Aristotle.

Agios Panteleimon
Epirus / Ioannina

Also found on Nisaki island is this monastery in which the famed ruler Ali Pasha met his fate in 1822. He was beheaded in the lower level of the monastery as he awaited the sultan’s pardon in vain. Today the museum of pre-revolution history operates on site and the monasteries of the island keep their libraries here as well.

Church of Agioi Anargiroi
Epirus / Ioannina

The remains of the only church that operated within the castle walls during Ottoman rule lie behind the vault of Ali Pasha.

Church of Taxiarches, Kostaniani
Epirus / Ioannina

Another example of an early church is the Church of Taxiarches outside the village of Kostaniani. The date of its construction has been placed somewhere between the mid-11th century to the mid-13th century. It’s a cross-shaped church featuring three aisles and dedicated to the archangels.

Holy Monastery of Kipinas
Epirus / Ioannina

If there were one church throughout all of Ioannina which should be on every traveller’s itinerary, this would be it. Literally chiselled and built into the surrounding rock, the Holy Monastery of Kipinas is one of Greece’s most beautiful and impressive churches.

Holy Monastery of Vellas
Epirus / Ioannina

This church was first founded during the 11th century, though today’s structure dates back to the 18th century. It has served as both a religious and cultural centre of importance during the last century. A well-known seminary was held here and the monastery is still home to a Higher Ecclesiastical School. The church is dedicated to the Virgin Mary.

Makralexi Holy Monastery
Epirus / Ioannina

Dedicated to the Dormition of the Virgin Mary, this monastery features some impressive wall frescoes and paintings throughout. It was once a complex of buildings, though now only the main temple area exists, dating back to 1585. However, local legends place its original foundation as far back as the 7th century, under the rule of Emperor Constantine the 4th.

Molyvdoskepastos Monastery
Epirus / Ioannina

The Molyvdoskepastos Monastery lies within mere metres of Greece’s northern border with Albania. It’s one of the oldest churches throughout the region, dating back to the mid-5th century. According to stone inscriptions on the existing building, it was commissioned by the emperor Konstantinos Pogonatos, though there are some doubts to the efficacy of that claim. What is more certain was its impressive renovation that took place during the rule of the Byzantine emperor Andronikos Palaiologos in the 14th century.

Monastery of Agios Nikolaos
Epirus / Ioannina

Dedicated to St. Nicolas, this church can be found at the southern edge of town in Metsovo. It’s a large monastery that was considerably wealthy at one time and today still has an impressive amount of land surrounding it which is used for vineyards.

Monastery of Dichouni
Epirus / Ioannina

This unassuming monastery is noteworthy not for any of its physical characteristics or collections, but for one of its monks who attended the monastery during the end of the 16th century.

Monastery of Kokkini Petra
Epirus / Ioannina

Also known as “Kiatra Rossia” in the local Vlach dialect, both names mean “red stone” and its interior filled with beautiful frescoes is certain to impress visitors. While the actual founding date remains unknown, the paintings date back to the mid-18th century.

Monastery of Metamorphosis Sotiros, Romanos
Epirus / Ioannina

One of the oldest churches throughout the Ioannina region is this large monastery outside the village of Romanos, first built in 1113. The church stands on a site where artefacts dating back to prehistoric times have been found, as well as an ancient cemetery. It’s dedicated to the transfiguration of Christ and contains an abbey, monk’s cells and a bell tower reaching three storeys.

Monastery of Panagia Chrysovitsa
Epirus / Ioannina

Within the village of Chrysovitsa, this intriguing monastery has been the focus of an interesting legend. According to tradition, the church had originally been built around a miracle-working icon which was allegedly crafted by Luke, one of Christ’s disciples. The icon has since travelled, supposedly visiting a number of churches and its whereabouts are said to be known by a select few within the monastic republic of Athos in northern Greece. While tales of the icon are still being disputed, the wealth of the monastery is undeniable. The church opened and financed the village school of Chrysovitsa as well as number of public works in the past.

Monastery of Panagia, Sistrouni
Epirus / Ioannina

Dating back to 1156, this church dedicated to the birth of the Virgin Mary is impressive not only for its age or large stone temple, but of the beautiful area that it’s found in. Along the banks of the mythical Acherontas River and surrounded by large plane trees and colourful flowers, a visit to this church is a must, both for the faithful and for lovers of nature.

Monastery of Prophet Elijah
Epirus / Ioannina

As many churches in Greece named after the prophet Elijah, this monastery is built on the highest point of the region of Zitsa in the northwest part of the prefecture. Aside from the fantastic views, this monastery is also famous for the fact that the famous Philhellene, Lord Byron, stayed here and even wrote a poem about the beauty of the area and the church itself.

Panagia Labovou
Epirus / Ioannina

Also located near the village of Achladea is this small single-spaced church was where a strange ceremony took place involving shepherds bringing their sheep and goats through the church and back out again. Each of the two arched entranceways was designated for humans and animals.

Panagia Monastery, Dramesioi
Epirus / Ioannina

Built during the 17th century, this monastery dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary contains both stone and wooden structures such as a school, a precinct and cells. There is also a wooden temple found within the church that dates back to 1683. The church is located just outside the village of Dramesioi.

Panagia Tosketi Monastery
Epirus / Ioannina

One of the largest and most important churches in the area is this monastery built in 1714 in the village of Achladea. It’s dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary and hosts a number of events both religious and secular. Large murals painted by some of the best artists from the area of Kastanochoria decorate the interior. Outside, the bell tower and dome complete the church’s aesthetics.

Panagia Vissikou Monastery
Epirus / Ioannina

This church dates back to 1114, when it was founded by the then Prince Micheal. It underwent a massive renovation in 1787 and was later filled with beautiful paintings and frescoes crafted by iconographers from the famed villages of Kapesovo and Tsepelovo.

Rogovos Monastery
Epirus / Ioannina

This monastery was first commissioned by the sister of the then Byzantine emperor, Romanos III, during the mid 11th century. During the following centuries, the monastery became considerably wealthy and at one point, the residents of Tselepovo (near where the monastery is located) debated whether or not to turn it into a university. Though it never became a centre for higher learning, the monastery still contains an impressive library.

Sosinou Holy Monastery
Epirus / Ioannina

Another church with impressive views is the Sosinou Holy Monastery just outside the village of Ano Parakalamos, which looks over the Kalamos River valley atop Sosinou Hill. The hill is also home to traces of a fortress dating back to the 4th century BC, though little else is known.

Spiliotisa Monastery
Epirus / Ioannina

Built in 1665 by monks Sophronios and Joakim, this monastery seems to emerge from the steep cliffs that it has virtually been built into. Its unique location along the Voidomatis River as well as the series of trap doors found inside, make it one of the most frequently-visited monasteries in the area.

Voutsas Monastery
Epirus / Ioannina

Another monastery with ties to an emperor is the Voutsas Monastery just west of the village of Doliani. The current building dates back to 1680, though it was first founded in the 7th century by emperor Konstantinos Pogonatos.

Acropolis of Its Kale
Epirus / Ioannina

The Acropolis of Its Kale makes up a large section of the castle and within it lay the Fetiye Mosque, the graves of Ali Pasha and his family as well as several former residences within the castle. The remains of the buildings which housed the castle guards and army advisors still exist here.

Castle houses of Pasha Kalou
Epirus / Ioannina

The former residences of Pasha Kalou can be found along the northern side of the castle. This is where the Aslan dynasty lived out over a century of drama before ceding power to Ali Pasha’s family. The views over the lake and island are most impressive here.

Castle kitchens
Epirus / Ioannina

Next to the Mosque of Aslan Pasha are the remains of the castle’s kitchens, where Ali Pasha’s decadent meals were once prepared. They were built towards the end of the 18th century and today a small cafe operates from this space.

Church of Agioi Anargiroi
Epirus / Ioannina

The remains of the only church that operated within the castle walls during Ottoman rule lie behind the vault of Ali Pasha.

Clock Tower
Epirus / Ioannina

At the central gate of the castle you’ll find the impressive clock tower built by local architect Pericles Melirritos during the rule of Osman Pasha from 1897 – 1905. It was constructed to celebrate the anniversary of rule under the Sultan Abdoul Hamit Han and contains inscriptions from the Koran.

Dolo Bridge
Epirus / Ioannina

Along the road from Dolo to Pogoniani, trekkers will encounter this simple, single-arched bridge which crosses the Kouvaras ravine.

Emin Aga Inn (Near Melia Village)
Epirus / Ioannina

Throughout the Louros River Valley in the southern area of the region, there are several preserved inns dating back to when the area was frequently travelled through by caravans and horse-drawn carriages. The most famous of all is the Emin Aga Inn, which acted as the headquarters of the Greek army stationed throughout Epirus during the fight for the liberation of northern Greece from the Turks. After nearly two years of fighting, the Turkish troops surrendered and signed a treaty here, and in 1913, the Greek army liberated Ioannina. The Inn stands near the banks of the Louros River west of the village Melia and today houses the War of 1912-1913 museum.

Fetiye Mosque
Epirus / Ioannina

Within the Fortress of Its Kale stands this impressive mosque. Its current structure was commissioned by Ali Pasha in 1795 to replace the older version built 1430 on top of the ruins of an old Byzantine Church. A later version of the mosque was built to commemorate the defeat of a peasant uprising lead by Dionysius “the philosopher” in 1611. The graves of Ali Pasha and his family can be found in the courtyard in front of the mosque.

Grave of Ali Pasha
Epirus / Ioannina

Ali Pasha’s body is buried in front of the Fetiye Mosque and his grave is located within an intricate iron cage. The infamous ruler of Ioannina met his fate on the small island across the lake, where he waited in vain for absolution from the Sultan. Instead, he was met with a band of the empire’s soldier who decapitated him and took his head with them to Constantinople.

Gretsi Bridge (Kato Meropi Village)
Epirus / Ioannina

A few kilometres south of the village of Kato Meropi lays this single-arched bridge which spans a small ravine and sits above a small waterfall. It was built in 1830 and is located near the watermill of Palaiopirgos.

Harem of Ali Pasha
Epirus / Ioannina

Ironically, next to the church of Agios Anargiros are the remains of the infamous harem of Ali Pasha. It has been said that here, Ali the womaniser had 300 women coming from all parts of the Ottoman Empire.

Island of Ioannina (Ioannina city)
Epirus / Ioannina

Ioannina’s small island sits peacefully across the water and adds to the unique and picturesque charm of the city. The island’s small village is a living monument, full of traditionally-built houses, churches, monasteries and museums. The most famous monastery is that of Agios Panteleimonas, where the Ottoman ruler Ali Pasha was decapitated. Today it houses the museum of Ali Pasha. Boats run frequently, especially during the summer months. The island’s population around 350 are enjoying revenue due to heightened tourist interest.

Jewish quarter (Ioannina city)
Epirus / Ioannina

Just outside the castle walls is what is today known as the Jewish quarter. Here a handful of elderly Jewish residents live in apartments. There is also a Jewish community centre here. The small neighbourhood stands atop the former synagogue that was destroyed by the Nazis during the German occupation of WWII.

Kaber Aga (Miliotades Village)
Epirus / Ioannina

This bridge crosses the junction of the Varda and Zagoritikou Rivers just outside the village of Miliotades in Eastern Zagori. Its unique appearance is owed to its low arch and two filled arches on either side. Named after its benefactor, this bridge was built in 1875 and crosses the Varda River. As one of the largest bridges in the area, it spans 60 metres.

Kalogerikos Bridge (Kipi Village)
Epirus / Ioannina

This unique three-arched bridge is located just outside the village of Kipi is also known as Plakida Bridge. Its construction was originally financed by Abbot Kalogerikos in 1814, but decades later, Alexis Plakidas, a resident from the nearby village of Koukouli paid for its renovation in 1865. It spans 56 metres and is one of the most well-known bridges throughout the country.

Kalouta Bridge
Epirus / Ioannina

This large bridge outside the village of Kalouta features three stone arches and spans 51 metres in length. It was built in 1812 and stands next to a water mill.

Kleidonias Bridge
Epirus / Ioannina

Located at the end of the Vikos Gorge, this elegant, high-arched bridge is in fine condition, despite the fact that it was built in 1853. It sits just outside the village of Kleidonias and bridges the Voidomatis River, explaining why this bridge is sometimes referred to as “Voidomatis Bridge”.

Kokori Bridge
Epirus / Ioannina

One of the older bridges throughout the region is this beautiful stone bridge built in part by Gregoris Kokoris. It was first built in 1750 with money given by Noutsou Kondodimou, (the bridge is also referred to as Kondodimos Bridge). Unfortunately, it collapsed several times and had to be rebuilt. Not to worry, the current example is sturdy and lies between the villages of Kipi, Koukouli and Dilofo.

Konitsas Bridge
Epirus / Ioannina

One of the finest examples of stone bridges throughout the region as well as the recognisable emblem of Konitsa is this bridge which bears the village’s name. Built in 1870 by Ziogos Frontzos and other builders from the village of Pirsoyianni, this impressive, single-arched bridge spans over 35 metres across the Aoos River and is a must-see for visitors in the area.

Litharitsia Park (Ioannina city)
Epirus / Ioannina

A short distance from the castle lies the Promahona Litharitsia, which roughly translates into “rock fortress.” Commissioned by Ali Pasha in 1800, this impressive fortification was constructed to act as a first line of defence against enemies attempting to breach the castle walls. It was once fortified with canons and other weapons. Today a cafe and restaurant operate within its walls and offer enchanting views over the lake.

Livadakia Bridge (Agios Nikolaos village)
Epirus / Ioannina

Featuring two arches of differing sizes, this large bridge crosses the stream of Livadakia just outside the village of Agios Nikolaos.

Misiou Bridge (Near Vitsa and Koukouli)
Epirus / Ioannina

Another older bridge is that of Misiou, found along the stairs of Skala Vitsas which connects the villages of Vitsa and Koukouli. It was built in 1748 by Alexis Misios and offers its explorers fantastic views of the Vikos Gorge.

Mosque of Aslan Pasha
Epirus / Ioannina

This mosque, also known as the Mosque of Ali Pasha, was built in 1618, almost 200 years before its namesake came to power in the region. In 1993, the mosque underwent an ambitious renovation and today it houses the Public Ethnographic Museum of Ioannina. Visitors can see a large array of pieces such as jewellery, weapons and furniture from previous centuries.

Mosque of Kaloutsianis/Kanli Tsesme (Ioannina city)
Epirus / Ioannina

One of the three surviving mosques throughout Ioannina and the only which stands outside the castle walls. This mosque was built during the late 15th century in order to give the growing Turkish population a place to worship within the area. It’s also referred to as Kanli Tsesme which means “blood spring” due to the fact that several Christian rebels were put to death outside of the mosque during a failed peasant uprising in the early 17th century.

Mylou Bridge (Bagiotiko River)
Epirus / Ioannina

One of the most unique bridges throughout the region is the Bridge of Mylou which crosses the Bagiotiko River just outside the village of Kipi. Not only is it a double-arched bridge, but one of its arches is smaller than the other. It was built in 1748 and takes its name from the Greek word for mill (mylos), as there used to be an old mill nearby.

Nonoulos Bridge (Near Dolo village)
Epirus / Ioannina

This bridge takes its name from the elderly woman who paid for its reconstruction. Originally a wooden bridge, it was replaced in 1908 by the stone version that exists today. It crosses at the beginning of the Kouvaras Gorge just north of Dolo village.

Old Jewish Synagogue
Epirus / Ioannina

The Kahal Kadosh Yashan synagogue known as the “old synagogue” can be found within the castle’s walls along Justinian Street. Its foundation is believed to date back to the Byzantine period. Today’s surviving structure was renovated in 1987 and survives thanks to the efforts of former Ioannina mayor Dimitrios Vlahides. He convinced the Nazis not to destroy it, claiming that the Greeks wished to convert it into a library. He also managed to save dozens of Jewish artefacts found within the church that were later given to returning survivors of the holocaust.

Plaka Bridge (Tzoumerka area)
Epirus / Ioannina

One of the most well-known and recognisable bridges throughout the region is the bridge of Plaka located within the Tzoumerka region. Its elegant, single arch crosses the Arachthos River and has an overall length of 61 metres.

Potamaki Bridge
Epirus / Ioannina

This simple, single-arched bridge crosses the Potamaki Stream and lies outside the villages of Seniko and Kerasea.

Poudia Nouaou Bridge (Syrakko village)
Epirus / Ioannina

Meaning “new bridge” in the Vlach dialect, this bridge was built around 1800 just outside the entrance of the village of Syrakko. Its single arch crosses the Arachthos and Kalaritikos Rivers.

Poudia Viaklia Bridge (Syrakko village)
Epirus / Ioannina

Meaning “old bridge” in the Vlach dialect, this bridge lies close to the entrance of Syrakko and just a few kilometres from Poudia Nouaou or “new bridge”.

Soufari Serai
Epirus / Ioannina

This impressive building is located in the eastern section of the castle. It was built in 1818 and was used as Ali Pasha’s cavalry school. Throughout its history, it has been used by the Greek army as a warehouse garage as well as other military functions. It had fallen into disarray before undergoing an extensive renovation project. Today it houses a library containing invaluable historical documents.

Soulaeiman Mosque (Konitsa)
Epirus / Ioannina

In the southern area of Konitsa, the well-preserved Soulaeiman Mosque was built to honour the Sultan Soulaeiman in 1536. Though it has needed several renovations, it’s unique due to the fact that its minaret is still intact. It stands in a picturesque location on the side of a hill.

Stoes (Ioannina city)
Epirus / Ioannina

Throughout the city there are several stoes (long alleyways inside buildings) that have changed little over the centuries from when they were first built. Today, they have been tastefully converted into walkways lined with restaurants, cafes, bars and shops. Adding to the city’s historical charm, a walk down these stoes is parallel to a journey back through time. Some of the most well-known are the stoes of Liabey, Louli and Baratsa.

Tower of Voihmoundou
Epirus / Ioannina

This impressive tower dominates the skyline over Ioannina’s castle. It stands on top of the Acropolis of Its Kale.

Tyria
Epirus / Ioannina

This double-arched bridge stands over the Tyria River just north of the village of Agios Nikolaos.

Vault of Ali Pasha
Epirus / Ioannina

Below the Tower of Voihmoundou lies the infamous vault of Ali Pasha. The ruler’s fortune was said to be incomparable to any of its time and has yet to be found. Some believe that it was carried off to Constantinople by the sultan’s forces after the assassination of Ali Pasha, yet others claim it has yet to be found. Today it houses interesting exhibits of gold and silver jewellery dating back to the 17th century.

Vlach Village of Aetomilitsa
Epirus / Ioannina

Braving the heights of Mount Grammos, the traditional village of Aetomilitsa literally sits at the pinnacle of Ioannina prefecture. Its fame comes not only from its altitude but also due to its prosperity, boasting flocks of over 40,000 sheep and goats at times in the past. For centuries it has been a stopping point along the route of the semi-nomadic ethnic group known as Vlachs.

Zermas Bridge
Epirus / Ioannina

Along the road from Plagias to Drosopigi lies this double-arched bridge. Though the date of its original building is unknown, it was renovated at least twice, in 1870 and 1927.

Zosimaia Public Library (Ioannina city)
Epirus / Ioannina

This building was originally designed by Pericles Melirritos, the architect who designed the city’s clock tower. It originally housed the city’s baths which operated here until the 1960s. Today it has been turned into an impressive library featuring over 300 books. It was established by the well-known and successful Zosimaia family, whose 6 sons travelled extensively through Europe and enriched the region and country with culture through their generous endowments.

Agapios Tolis Folklore Museum
Epirus / Ioannina

Highlighting the rich cultural heritage of the Zagori region, the Agapios Tolis Folklore Museum offers its visitors a truly intriguing glimpse into the past. Entire traditional kitchen sets are on display as well as traditional furniture, tools, clothing and jewellery.

Archaeological Museum of Ioannina
Epirus / Ioannina

Ioannina’s Archaeological Museum is home to a large selection of interesting finds not only throughout Ioannina, but from the entire region of Epirus. The artefacts within the museums span several millennia, with exhibits featuring items from the Palaeolithic era including stone tools. There are also some interesting statuettes from the nearby site of Dodona.

Byzantine Museum
Epirus / Ioannina

Set within the Acropolis of Its Kale, this fascinating museum brings the past to life within the walls of Ioannina’s famed castle. Guests will witness over a millennia of history from the 4th until the 17th centuries via pottery, jewellery, tapestry, and a series of original manuscripts all showcasing Byzantine art and culture.

Emin Aga Inn (Near Melia Village)
Epirus / Ioannina

Throughout the Louros River Valley in the southern area of the region, there are several preserved inns dating back to when the area was frequently travelled through by caravans and horse-drawn carriages. The most famous of all is the Emin Aga Inn, which acted as the headquarters of the Greek army stationed throughout Epirus during the fight for the liberation of northern Greece from the Turks. After nearly two years of fighting, the Turkish troops surrendered and signed a treaty here, and in 1913, the Greek army liberated Ioannina. The Inn stands near the banks of the Louros River west of the village Melia and today houses the War of 1912-1913 museum.

Mosque of Aslan Pasha
Epirus / Ioannina

This mosque, also known as the Mosque of Ali Pasha, was built in 1618, almost 200 years before its namesake came to power in the region. In 1993, the mosque underwent an ambitious renovation and today it houses the Public Ethnographic Museum of Ioannina. Visitors can see a large array of pieces such as jewellery, weapons and furniture from previous centuries.

PASCHALEIOS SCHOOL MUSEUM
Epirus / Ioannina

Originally founded in 1861, this former school was a leading centre of the art of iconography during the 19th century. Centuries before the school was opened, the village of Kapesovo became well-known for its talented iconographers whose works can be seen in churches throughout Greece. Today it houses a small collection of objects related to the art of iconography as well as well-preserved icons.

The Folklore and History Museum of Elafotopos
Epirus / Ioannina

Over 2000 historical artefacts are on display in this folklore museum housed in the former school house of the small village of Elafotopos. The exhibits mainly focus on the tools used by the numerous builders and craftsmen throughout the region dating as early as 1800.

Agia Marina Oak Forest
Epirus / Ioannina

Located just outside the picturesque village of Agios Nikolaos, nature enthusiasts will swoon over the Agia Marina Oak Forest. Hiking trails snake their way through the forest and traditional stone bridges cross the Tiria River, creating a setting out of a Grimm’s fairytale.

Aoos Reservoir
Epirus / Ioannina

This lake may be artificial but the natural beauty surrounding it cannot be ignored. As the source of the Aoos River and home to a wide variety of plant and animal species, the reservoir is the perfect place for hiking and biking along the trails that encircle the lake.

Aoos River
Epirus / Ioannina

Making its way through the Aoos Gorge, this river comprises an important natural environment for numerous types of plants and animals. As part of the Vikos Aoos National park, the delicate ecosystem found along its banks is protected from hunters and fishers. It’s also one of the favoured rivers among experienced rafters, offering a difficulty level of five, one of the highest throughout the country.

Arachthos River
Epirus / Ioannina

Flowing down the Eastern section of the region and cutting through the Arachthos Gorge is the River Arachthos, known as the country’s prime rafting destination. If you prefer to enjoy nature on land, the numerous trails around the river and the Arachthos Gorge provide unique opportunities to witness a wide range of flora and fauna.

Bounas Forest
Epirus / Ioannina

Located in the remote western part of the region, the Bounas Forest is a pristine example of nearly a virtually untouched natural environment. Several different species of oak trees as well as ash, hornbeam, and juniper thrive throughout the forest. The Kouvaras River runs along the eastern edge of the forest and casts a feeling as though one were in a fairytale.

Bourazani Wildlife Park
Epirus / Ioannina

Nestled within a fertile valley and surrounded by the Nemertsika, Tymfi and Grammos mountains lies an environment which has become a miniature Eden for several species of wildlife. Covering over 1500 stremmata, visitors to the park can see several types of deer, mountain goats, wild cats, and wild boars. There are also several types of flora and tree species found within the area, which is kept fertile by the Aoos River. The park is open daily and a wildlife resort and restaurant also operate on the premises.

Central Zagori Forests
Epirus / Ioannina

Encompassing the majority of the Zagori region, this Natura 2000 area consists of several forests, mainly composed of Oak trees but also featuring Fir and Pine trees as well. Several hiking trails can be found throughout the area and the Iliohori Waterfall in the north section of the area along with the small Vikaki Gorge to the west are natural highlights not to be missed.

Gormos Gorge
Epirus / Ioannina

Notably greener than most of the other gorges throughout Ioannina, the Gormos Gorge lies just west of the fertile Gormos Valley. It’s also much less rocky and steep, making it an excellent place to explore on foot. Additionally, the area is known for its variety of rare flora and springtime offers visitors a remarkable pallet of colours which paint the valley and gorge.

Gormos Valley
Epirus / Ioannina

The vast fertile green plains of the Gormos Valley lie in between Mount Kasidiaris to the south, Mt. Koutsokrano to the west, Mt. Nemertsika to the north, and the mighty Mount Dousko to the east. The area has been a welcome haven to shepherds and others involved in agricultural pursuits and is also home to a variety of different flora and grasses not found elsewhere throughout the region. It is protected under the Natura 2000 initiative.

Greveniti Forest
Epirus / Ioannina

Just west of the village of Greveniti lies the beautiful Beech Forest of Greveniti which eventually opens up at the banks of the Aoos Reservoir. The picturesque Pond of Greveniti is north of the forest and features a beautiful array of flowers and other plants.

Kalamas Falls
Epirus / Ioannina

North of Theogefyra stands the enchanting waterfall of the Kalamas River. A hiking trail which begins in the village of Parakalamos takes about an hour and a half to complete and takes walkers along the forested path which runs next to the river and leads to the falls.

Kalarytikos River
Epirus / Ioannina

Just because it’s only a tributary of the larger Arachthos River doesn’t mean that this river should go unnoticed. Rafters will delight in its tight turns and white water rapids while hikers will find hiking along its banks and exploring the wider in the shadows of Mt. Tzoumerka.

Kouvaras Gorge
Epirus / Ioannina

The Kouvaras Gorge is a great place for nature lovers to explore and enjoy the clear waters of the Kouvaras River as well as the fairytale stone bridges that can be found throughout the area. An easy-going path which begins in the village of Pogoniani cuts through the gorge and passes the river, offering hikers a great snapshot of the region’s beauty.

Lake Pamvotida
Epirus / Ioannina

This legendary lake dominates the city of Ioannina at just about every angle. It’s been the scene of mass murders, a means of escape and source of income for centuries. Today Ioannina’s Lake Pamvotida still remains a place of importance as the setting for a diverse and unique ecosystem. Numerous types of grasses, reeds and algae provide the food for a variety of species. Of particular importance is the lake’s role as a stopover on several migratory birds’ routes southward. Visitors can enjoy the lake by paddle boat, canoe, kayak or simply indulge in a scenic walk around the lake’s border.

Lake Vouliasta
Epirus / Ioannina

This lake is the source of the Louros River and a remarkable area of beauty. Thick vegetation and trees surround the lake which is home to a rich variety of flora and fauna. A few kilometres to the south lies the hydroelectric plant, powered by the River Louros and providing energy to the country’s electrical company.

Lake Zaravina
Epirus / Ioannina

One of the deepest lakes in the country, Lake Zaravina supports a wide range of flora and wildlife. It’s a favoured stop-over for herons, storks and other migratory birds on their way south, as well as having a large variety of fish and amphibians that thrive within the area of the lake. Also, several types of lilies, reeds and other plant species are found here.

Louros River
Epirus / Ioannina

The Louros River may only flow through the southernmost part of the prefecture, but it is an area of invaluable importance to myriad plant and animal species, as well as providing the power for a hydroelectric plant found along its path. Unfortunately, due to pollution, activities such as rafting and kayaking are forbidden.

Mount Mitsikeli
Epirus / Ioannina

Mount Mitsikeli creates the southern border of the Zagori region as well as the North Pindos National Park. It is an area of natural beauty featuring a variety of wildlife and large birds of prey. It is part of the Natura 2000 initiative.

Mount Peristeri
Epirus / Ioannina

Part of both the Mt. Tzoumerka National Park as well as the Natura 2000 programme, this mountain provides a convenient place for people staying in the nearby village of Syrrako to explore. Forests of black pine and fir trees cover some of the mountain, which is also home to several plant species and different types of mushrooms.

Mount Timfi (Papingos)
Epirus / Ioannina

Dominating the skyline around the Zagorohoria villages is Mt. Timfi or Papingos as locals refer to it. Nature enthusiasts and conservationists are drawn to the area on account of its immense natural beauty but also due to its unique landscape and rare species.

Mt. Tzoumerka
Epirus / Ioannina

The National Park of Mt. Tzoumerka is a nature lover’s dream, complete with a wide array of wildlife, forests full of several types of trees such as pine, fir and beech, and several hiking trails of varying difficulty.

Northern Pindos National Park
Epirus / Ioannina

The North Pindos National Park encompasses a large portion of the Ioannina Region throughout the smaller sub-regions of Zagori, Metsovo and Konitsa. A large number of mountains, rivers, lakes as well as a variety of wildlife and flora are found and protected within the park’s borders. A great place to learn more about the park and the efforts to conserve the unique natural environment is at one of the Northern Pindos National Park information centres. There are centres in the villages of Metsovo, Asprangeli as well as a small kiosk in Milia.

Valia Kalda
Epirus / Ioannina

The region of Valia Kalda is found in the westernmost part of the Ioannina region and though only a small section of it is located in the perfecture of Ioannina, it is certainly worth exploring. Just west of the central Zagori forests, this mountain range offers hiking trails, mountain refuges and a wide range of fauna and flora.

Vikos Gorge
Epirus / Ioannina

For hundreds of years, the inhabitants of the Zagori region have used the long list of plant species which can only be found in the gorge as medicinal remedies for everything from headaches to infertility.

Voidomatis Gorge
Epirus / Ioannina

Much smaller in size to the neighbouring Vikos Gorge, the Voidomatis Gorge features the picturesque Voidomatis River as well as some fine traditional stone bridges and quaint villages nearby. It is another area frequented by nature enthusiasts who have the option of enjoying the gorge on foot along the hiking trail, or on the river itself via rafting or kayaking their way through the gorge. Walking the Voidomatis Gorge is a leisurely 2.5 hour hike.

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Acropolis of Its Kale
Epirus / Ioannina

The Acropolis of Its Kale makes up a large section of the castle and within it lay the Fetiye Mosque, the graves of Ali Pasha and his family as well as several former residences within the castle. The remains of the buildings which housed the castle guards and army advisors still exist here.

Agia Paraskevi, Monodendri
Epirus / Ioannina

All but dangling on the edge of the Vikos Gorge lays the monastery of Agia Paraskevi in the village of Monodendri. It’s the oldest church within the larger Zagori area. The church was reportedly built in 1412 by Lord Therianos as an act of gratitude for the healing of his daughter’s health problems. Its breathtaking location perched on the rock makes it a must-see for visitors.

Ancient Dodona
Epirus / Ioannina

In the shadows of Mt. Tomaros lie the ruins of the oldest oracle in ancient Greece, with researchers placing its origins as far back as the Bronze Age between 2600 and 1900 BC. It was dedicated to an early deity representing the Earth Mother similar to Gaia or Rhea.

Aoos River
Epirus / Ioannina

Making its way through the Aoos Gorge, this river comprises an important natural environment for numerous types of plants and animals. As part of the Vikos Aoos National park, the delicate ecosystem found along its banks is protected from hunters and fishers. It’s also one of the favoured rivers among experienced rafters, offering a difficulty level of five, one of the highest throughout the country.

Archaeological Museum of Ioannina
Epirus / Ioannina

Ioannina’s Archaeological Museum is home to a large selection of interesting finds not only throughout Ioannina, but from the entire region of Epirus. The artefacts within the museums span several millennia, with exhibits featuring items from the Palaeolithic era including stone tools. There are also some interesting statuettes from the nearby site of Dodona.

Byzantine Museum
Epirus / Ioannina

Set within the Acropolis of Its Kale, this fascinating museum brings the past to life within the walls of Ioannina’s famed castle. Guests will witness over a millennia of history from the 4th until the 17th centuries via pottery, jewellery, tapestry, and a series of original manuscripts all showcasing Byzantine art and culture.

Clock Tower
Epirus / Ioannina

At the central gate of the castle you’ll find the impressive clock tower built by local architect Pericles Melirritos during the rule of Osman Pasha from 1897 – 1905. It was constructed to celebrate the anniversary of rule under the Sultan A