Attractions In Preveza & Parga

Explore The Attractions Of Preveza & Parga
Acherontas River
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

The banks and delta of the Acherontas River are a joy to hike through and also constitute an invaluable ecosystem for the species in the area. The thick vegetation that runs along the river includes Oak, Walnut and Laurel trees. There is also an abundance of pine trees, wild roses and a variety of bushes.

Agia Pelagias Monastery
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

Located just south of the village of Kastrosikias, this 17th century monastery lies in a pleasant setting on a hillside. It was first built sometime during the 17th century and was renovated twice after. The largest church within the monastery features 4 simple columns and an open balcony.

Agia Varvara
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

In the area of Stefani within the Louros district, lies this church which was founded in 1937. It was built on top of the ruins of a Byzantine church which dated back to either the 10th or 11th century. In fact, the eastern wall of the temple belongs to the earlier church and was incorporated into the design of the recent structure.

Agios Athanasios – Louros
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

Within the village of Stefanis in the district of Louros, you’ll find the temple of Agios Athanasios.

Agios Athanasiou – Preveza
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

This church dating back to 1780 is a prime example of the Ionian architecture that characterises a myriad of churches throughout the area. These include the rounded wall to the east and the fact that its basilica consists of a single open space. Another Ionian attribute are the painted barriers along the floor. Impressive paintings can also be seen on the walls and the ceiling which depict scenes of Jesus’ miracles as well as various Old Testament stories.

Agios Dimitrios – Kranea
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

The large three –aisled church of Agios Dimitrios in Kranea boasts some of the finest architecture of the region which speaks of its importance during the 19th and 20th centuries. It was built in 1869 by Christodoulos and Sotiris of the town of Konitsa in Ioannina.

Agios Dimitrios Oropo Louros
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

This temple can be found in the village of Oropo and was built during the 18th century.

Agios Haralambos – Preveza
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

The temple of Agios Haralambos is one of the city’s most impressive churches. It was first built during the 18th century on top of an older church. It can be characterised as a single space basilica. Visitors can admire exceptional paintings that cover the walls and the ceiling. A significant amount of quality woodwork can also be seen here.

Agios Vissaronias – Fillipiada
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

This impressive church was built in 1912 after being commissioned by Vasilis Georgakis of Ioannina. The large bell tower built in the Ionian style is its most well-known characteristic.

Aherontas River
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

In and outside of the River, the Aherontas region is teeming with wildlife. Within the river, fresh water fish such as Trout, eels, and frogs…… on which otters feed. There is also a large variety of turtles and snakes, as well as wild cats and wolves which are supported by the river’s diverse ecosystem. These animals pose no threat to hikers, though walkers should stick to the paths to avoid accidental encounters with snakes.

Ancient Batia
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

Just outside the village of Rizovouni within the Thesprotikos district lie the remnants of the ancient city of Batia. It was built by the Helian tribe sometime during the 6th century BC. This tribe was at constant battle with the Mollosian Tribe, whose cities of Orraon and Kassopi can also be seen within Preveza.

Ancient Efyra
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

On a hill a mere 500 metres from the Nekromanteio lay the ruins of Ancient Efyra.It was formerly an important Mycenaean colony with its origins dating back to the 14th century BC and is mentioned by both Homer and Thucydides. The area was inhabited as early as the late Bronze Age, though there is little to be seen today since a Hellenistic sanctuary was built over it.

Ancient Kassopi
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

What remains of this ancient city stand silently just below Mount Zalongou. Here the Epirote tribe of the Kassopians built their capital city in an attempt to unify neighbouring villages to thwart a possible attack by the Helian tribe. Fragments of the city’s walls and gates still remain as well as the remnants of some private residences. The beautiful views of the Ionian Sea and Amvrakikos Gulf below are an added plus.

Ancient Nikopolis
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

The remains of ancient Nikopolis (victory city) can be found just 7 kilometres north of the city of Preveza. It was built to commemorate Octavian’s great naval victory at Aktion over the forces of Mark Antony and Cleopatra in 31 BC.At its height, more than 150,000 people resided here, most of which were forced to re-locate there from surrounding villages. The apostle Paul visited Nikopolis briefly and the philosopher Epictetus opened a school here. The city was sacked in 267 AD by the Goths and in 540 AD the Byzantine ruler Justinian re-fortified the walls. Many archaeologists and other researchers believe that modern day Preveza grew out of an extension of Nikopolis. The site is quite extensive, and many of its components are well –preserved, particularly the Roman Odeon. The remains of walls, theatres, temples to Poseidon and Ares, aqueducts, and baths can still be seen.

Ancient Orraon
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

Located next to the village of Kastri Gymnotopou on a low hill just below Mount Xinovouno, lies this well-preserved site. It was one of the first cities of the Molossian tribe built around the mid 4th century BC. What’s left of it includes some stone walls and streets as well as a few stone houses, some of which have preserved second storeys (a rarity among surviving ancient structures.)

Berenike
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

Recent evidence has led archaeologists to believe that the remains of a city on the Hill of Michalitsi just west of Preveza belong to the ancient settlement of Berenike. The city was built in 290 BC by the famous ruler of Epirus, King Pyrrhus and was named after his mother-in-law Bernice I of Egypt.

Byzantine Monastery of Agios Dimitrios – Fanariou
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

Built by the emperor of the time Micheal Angelo, (not to be confused with the famous painter) this Byzantine Monastery has been kept in remarkable condition for over 300 years. It can be found just outside the village of Kypseli along the northern border of the prefecture.

Castle of Rogone
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

The remains of this once impressive castle lie between the villages of Petra and Nea Kerasounta in the south west corner of Preveza Prefecture. The current castle stands on the site of an ancient city of the Helian tribe known as Vouhetio. Roman, Byzantine and Venetian conquerors overtook the castle successively and made improvements. However, the castle was dealt its deathblow by the Turks during the Turkish-Venetian War at the end of the 17th century and what remained are the present ruins we can see today.

Cave of Aphrodite (Lychnos)
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

According to mythology, the goddess of love and beauty Aphrodite bathed in a sea cave to the left along the coast from Lychnos Beach. It’s only accessible by boat and inquisitive spelunkers can swim inside once they’ve arrived.

Cave of Asprohalkou
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

Just north of the village of Agios Georgios in the north-eastern section of the prefecture, lays this fascinating cave. Located within the Louros river valley and close to the Palaeolithic site of Kokkinopylos, this cave has shed new light on the pre-historic settlement of the region. Within the cave, researchers discovered a wide range of artefacts, of which their estimations place from 40,000 – 3,000 years BC. The different layers of the cave reveal that it was indeed inhabited over several millennia, starting from the Middle Palaeolithic period, through the New Palaeolithic period, down into the Bronze Age. Stone tools, animal bones and a large rhinoceros tooth were among some of the objects found. Researchers suggest that the cave was used as an outpost from where pre-historic man could hunt large herds of animals that gathered at the Louros River. Evidence of fire has been found along the walls and ceilings of the cave that suggest they stayed in the cave for significant periods of time. The cave lies along the Preveza-Ioannina road and is signposted. Parking is to the left while the cave itself off to the right. Visitors will need to walk about 200 meters along a crude path to reach the cave.

Cave of Markos Botsari
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

Markos Botsari was the leader of the Souliote uprising throughout Epirus which targeted Turkish armaments in the region.Legend has it that the small cave in the neighbourhood of Pouliana within the village of Gorgomilo was used by Botsari as a base from which he and his men conducted raids.

Cave of Vlassis
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

From the Church of Panagia Rodias, follow the path for a few minutes until you reach a fork in the road. Take the route towards the right and you will reach the rocky settlement of Agios Vlassis. From there you will be able to see the entrance to the small cave bearing the same name.

Church of Agios Athanasios – Parga
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

The Church of St. Athanasios is located at the central beach of Krioneri in Parga. It stands across from the small chapel dedicated to the Virgin Mary on the small island across the beach.

Church of Agios Nikolaos – Parga
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

Agios Nikolaos is the patron saint of Parga and this impressive church found in the centre of the town is the largest in Parga.

Church of Agios Sostis – Parga
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

At the bottom of the cliff and just above the Beach of Agios Sostis lies this small church bearing the same name.

Church of Agios Spyridonas – Parga
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

This small church dedicated to St. Spyridon is located in a small harbor along Valtos beach just outside Parga.

Church of Genesioun Theotokou
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

Extraordinary examples of wall paintings and gold can be found in the Church of the birth of the Virgin Mary. According to experts, the church was built during the 18th century and the art found within it is impressive.

Church of Panagia (small island) – Parga
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

This small charming church sits on the eponymous island adjacent to Parga and Krioneri Beach. Here a large celebration takes place every 15th of August when the Greek Orthodox Church observes the Dormition of the Virgin. It’s possible to reach the island by boat or swimming, though if you plan on going in the church, proper attire is recommended.

Church of the Koimisis Theotokou Thesprotikos
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

The Church of the Dormition of the Virgin Mary is located in the village of Polistafilo within the district of Thesprotikos.

Clock Tower of Preveza
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

This impressive example of Venetian architecture was built in 1752 and has served as the city’s emblem ever since. Today its height dominates the city centre, as the life of the city circulates around it.

Dimos Anogeiou
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

The district of Anogeios comprises the northeast corner of Preveza and enjoys a higher altitude than the rest of the region. The cooler climate and presence of mountains in the region has attributed to its unique range of flora.

Gulf of Amvrakikos
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

The Amvrakikos Gulf is one of the most important wetlands in Greece and one of key significance in Europe. Over 290 species of birds live in the Gulf, some permanently and others as a stop along their migration routes. The birds and marine animals favour the area not only for the physical shelter that the thick reeds and trees provide, but the ample supply of fish, shell fish and amphibians within the water and wetlands of the Gulf. The Gulf is home to one of the largest pods of Bottlenose Dolphins within Greece. Endangered species such as the Monachus monachus or Monk seal along with the Caretta caretta or the Loggerhead Turtle both take shelter within the protected waters of the Gulf. Here they feed on Grey and Red Mullet, mussels, and clams.

Holy Monastery of Elias
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

In the village of Nea Kerasounta, visitors can find the Church of Elias. It was built in 1720 and its interior consists of three aisles and a domed roof. Due to damages to the original church, it was renovated in 1852 by the abbot Dionisis I.

Holy Taxiarchon Monastery – Zalongos
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

Just east of the Zalongo Monument lies this former monastery which is now a church. Its unique location on the side of Mt. Zalongo and the fact that it was abandoned during the Second World War gives it an air of mystery. In 1975, restoration works began, transforming the former monastery into a small, single-space temple.

Kalodiki Marsh
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

This incredible marsh lies in the northernmost section of the prefecture and spills into part of neighbouring Ioannina region as well. Despite the fact that it occupies a space between 100 -150 meters (depending on which season it is) the Kalodiki Marsh is an invaluable ecosystem with over 300 types of plants, 120 species of birds, 20 different mammals, 11 reptiles, 5 kinds of amphibians and several fish species. It’s part of the Natura 2000 initiative designed to protect such important ecological environments. Within the marsh, several types of plants can be found including lilies, White Willow Trees, Holm Oaks and White Poplars.

Kalodiki Marsh
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

This incredible marsh lies in the northernmost section of the prefecture and spills into part of neighbouring Ioannina region as well. Despite the fact that it occupies a space between 100 -150 meters (depending on which season it is) the Kalodiki Marsh is an invaluable ecosystem with over 300 types of plants, 120 species of birds, 20 different mammals, 11 reptiles, 5 kinds of amphibians and several fish species. Kalodiki Marsh is part of the Natura 2000 initiative designed to protect such important ecological environments. The marsh is a haven to several species that enjoy the protection of its waters and the bounty of the food it provides. Several types of frogs, salamanders as well as beavers and otters make their homes within the waters of the marsh while skunks, weasels, foxes, hedgehogs and wild cats take advantage of the rich supply of food along the banks of the marsh.

Koimisis Theotokou Avassos
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

Located near the village of Ano Kotsanopoulo is the Church of the Dormition of the Virgin. An older temple once stood in the same location and in 1850, the Monk Kyprianos began building the church that visitors can see today, which features three aisles and a domed roof.

Koimisis Theotokou Vrisoulas – Louros
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

This church stands in the village of Vrisoulas in the Louros district.

Kokkinopilos
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

This intriguing place is considered to be the oldest archaeological site in Greece. Not far from the village of Agios Georgios and near the Louros River, excavations unearthed the remains of a stone axe which may date back to the Lower Palaeolithic period as early as 250,000 BC. Researchers believe that the location of the site near the Louros River and the fertile plains surrounding it allowed early humans to flourish here. Additional artefacts have been found from more recent periods suggesting that the site was continually inhabited for more than 100,000 years. Another interesting feature is the characteristic reddish tint of the rocks and soil in the area as Kokkinopilos translates into “red clay.”

Lake Ziros
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

This natural lake and surrounding area resembles a Swiss landscape more than that of Greece. It’s a place of undeniable beauty and one enjoyed by hikers, kayakers, canoers, and bird watchers. The abundance of Black Pine and Beech Trees along with a stunning array of wildflowers makes Lake Ziros an unforgettable destination for travellers.

Lake Ziros
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

This natural lake and surrounding area remind visitors more of Switzerland than Greece. Nevertheless, it is one of the country’s most beautiful landscapes and an invaluable ecosystem that supports a wide array of wildlife including Swamp, River and Meadow Turtles, the Common Toad and the Green Toad, the Dalmatian Frog, Tree Frog, Green Frog, and Western Greece Frog as well as a few snake species. It is also home to a number of mammals including 70 different species of bats, otters, wild cats, wild boars and jackals as well as several fish species.

Laographic Museum of Thesprotikou
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

The district of Thesprotikou in the Northwest area of the region features several traditional houses and buildings which have been kept in relatively good condition, such as the old school which dates back to the 17th century. Several of the articles found within these buildings and throughout the region are displayed in the Laographic Museum of Thesprotikos. The museum itself occupies a traditional stone house dating back to 1860. The exhibits on display are limited but give the visitor an interesting look into what the daily lives of the past inhabitants must have been like.

Laographic Museum of Zalongou
Epirus

This fascinating collection of tools, clothing, toys and historical documents spans over 200 years and gives visitors a rare glimpse at the daily lives and struggles of the people who lived here throughout the last two centuries. Among some of the interesting artefacts include wedding dresses, farming tools, school supplies and genealogical records from the region. The museum is housed in the area of Kamini near the Zalongou Monument.

Louros River
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

The Louros River flows from Mt. Tomaros in the neighbouring region of Ioannina to the North. From there it flows through the eastern section of Preveza region and empties into the Amvrakikos Gulf.

Louros River
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

Excavations at both Kokkinopilos and the Cave of Asprohalkou have both shed light on the important role the Louros River Valley area played in prehistoric times. Experts believe that the river supported an abundant range of wildlife that enabled groups of hunter-gatherers to survive in the area over centuries. Today the river continues to support a diverse variety of birds, fish mammals, reptiles and amphibians in the area. Otters, moles, wild cats, Mediterranean, Rock and Swamp Turtles, toads and frogs are just some of the animals that depend on the Louros River for their sustenance. Within the river, eels, Trout, and other species of fish flourish, though during the last few decades, their numbers have been reduced due to the severe pollution problem the river faces.

Monastery Kozilis
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

This Byzantine monastery was built in the 17th century and is located in the village of Kozilis, just under the hill of Zalongou. It was here that the Bishop of Kozilis was founded following the desertion of the settlement of Nikopolis just before the year 1020.

Monastery of Agia Trias Lekatsa
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

One of the most well-known churches throughout the region is the Lekatsa Monastery. It was built during the 17th century on a hilltop within the Lekatsa forest. Even the path to the monastery is enchanting, but the best incentive to visit the church is the enchanting view it offers above the forest and out to the Ionian, where the islands of Paxoi and Kerkyra (Corfu) can be seen in the distance. The monastery received international recognition for the renovations which have taken place there by both the European Union and Europa Nostra.

Monastery of Agios Dimitrios – Zalongos
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

This monastery was founded during the late 18th century by the abbot Dionysios close to the ancient site of Kassopi. Today the Zalongo Monument also stands near it.

Monastery of Vlaherna – Parga
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

This monastery once lay in ruins but has been renovated and now serves as one of Parga’s emblems. Its most noteworthy features include a 15 meter tall bell tower with its nine bells. It was built in the Ionian style, and people claim they can be heard within a twelve mile radius when ringing. The foundation date is unknown, though some people claim it was first built sometime within the 14th century. The church holds a celebration in which it honours the Virgin Mary and the founding of the church every 2nd of July.

Museum of Natural History Neohori
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

This interesting display of the region’s natural history is located just 5 kilometres from Preveza city in neighbouring Neohori. Visitors will have a chance to look at displays which show the diverse fauna and flora of the area as well as information on the interesting finds at Kokkinopilos and the Cave of Asprohalkou.

Museum of Nikopolis
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

This relatively new museum is a must-see for any travellers passing through Preveza. The current museum is the third of its kind, with the first being destroyed during World War 2 and the second being built and finished in 2006. It was finally open in 2009 and lies just 5 miles outside the city next to the site itself.The museum features several fascinating artefacts that span the entire span of the city from its foundation by Octavian in 31 BC up until its abandonment in 1291. The latest museum is an impressive space totalling more than 2,000 square meters and displaying remnants of both the Roman and Byzantine periods of the city.

Nekromanteio of Efyra
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

This fascinating site lies just outside the village of Mesopotamos along the banks of the Achertontas River at the top of a hill. Meaning “oracle of the dead” the ancient Greeks believed this was the entrance to Hades and would travel hundreds of miles in order to communicate with the dead. To do so, they had to pass a series of tests which involved seclusion for several days in dark rooms and adhering to a strict diet which consisted of beans, pork fat and shellfish. It was also common for visitors to offer animal sacrifices, from which they would often be ordered to drink the animal’s blood.

Old church of Agios Faneromenis
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

This beautiful old church is located in the foothills of the village Pappadates in the region of Thesprotikos.

Palaiochristian Church of Panagias tou Kastrou
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

The impressive paintings of saints within this long-standing church are what draw visitors to this church located in the area of Kastri.

Profiti Ilias – Trikastro Louros
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

The Church of the Prophet of Elijah is found on the top of the hill of Trikastro where the remains of an ancient acropolis lie.

Profitis Ilias – Flamboura
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

The tumultuous history of this monastery and the invaluable role it played during both the Turkish and German occupations is one of the reasons why so many visitors are drawn to this church each year. It was originally part of the larger Rogoi Monastery but became independent in 1720. During the years of Turkish rule, the church contributed both to the welfare of the Greek inhabitants of the region and later to the efforts of the Greek resistance. Sources claim that its abbot, Dionysios I was captured and tortured by the son of the ruler Ali Pasha, Muhtar. The monastery was seriously damaged by the Turks in 1787, but was later rebuilt. More than a century later, another enemy, the Germans, burned the monastery to the ground. Today the monastery can be found in a new building in the area of Flamboura, where the stone iconostasis and catholicon from the original church can be seen.

Stone bridge of Aherontas river
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

The stone bridge which spans the river within the Thesprotikos district, create a fairytale setting within the forests which envelope the river. It crosses the river just outside the village Dala.

The Castle of Agios Andreas
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

The tumultuous history of this castle is representative of many others throughout the region. It was originally built sometime during the 17th century by the Turks. After the city was taken over by the Venetians, they made some improvements to it however in 1699, they destroyed it before handing the city back to the Turks who then rebuilt it. Unfortunately, the interior isn’t open to the public.

The Castle of Agios Georgios
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

Under the supervision of then ruler Ali Pasha, this castle was constructed during the beginning of the 19th century. It stands at the southern side of the city and was built in a similar style as Agios Andreas.

The Castle of Anthousa
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

In between the villages of Agia and Anthousa north of Parga, stands one of the most well – preserved castles within the region. Built by Ali Pasha in 1814, its location on a hilltop allowed the ruler to control and defend Parga from its walls. It was built in the shape of a polygon and features a large tower and exceptionally tall walls.

The Castle of Parga
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

This impressive castle stands on a promontory above the entrance of Parga’s harbour. It was first built by the Venetians but was destroyed and rebuilt several times throughout its volatile history. In 1808, it became the property of Ali Pasha through the sale of Parga to him by the British leaders of the Ionian Islands at the time. Inside he housed his baths and harem (and undoubtedly enjoyed the view it offered of Parga from above.) Travellers would be wise to take advantage of it as well by making the delightful hike from the town centre to the castle.

The Castle of Riniasas
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

One of the oldest castles in the region is the Castle of Riniasas which silently stands sentinel on a hilltop near the village of Riza. Historians estimate that the castle was built sometime during the 12th century, most likely by the ruler of Epirus, Thomas I Komnenos Doukas. Through the years it became a fortified city which was able to monitor the trade on land and at sea.

The Castle of the Pantokrator
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

In 1807, Ali Pasha decided to build this large fortress on a cape 3 kilometres west of Preveza along the coast of the Ionian Sea. Its location gives it a timeless, almost romantic feeling and the fact that it’s completely open makes it a must-see for explorers. The castle takes its name from the small church that is built at its pinnacle.

The Forts of Pende Pigadia
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

What remains of the capital city of the Helian tribe lies on top of the hill just outside the village of Kastri. During the 4th century BC, this tribe was the main rival of both the Mollosian and Kassopeian tribes, which built the impressive cities of Orraon and Kassopi elsewhere in the Preveza region.

The Vrysoula Rampart
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

Located between Skafidaki and Aktio, this rampart was constructed by Ali Pasha around the same time as the Castle of Agios Andreas. It was built in order to control and protect the harbour. Today one can also see the outer walls which surrounded it as an extra measure of defence.

The walls of Pandosias
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

What remains of the capital city of the Helian tribe lies on top of the hill just outside the village of Kastri. During the 4th century BC, this tribe was the main rival of both the Mollosian and Kassopeian tribes, which built the impressive cities of Orraon and Kassopi elsewhere in the Preveza region.

Traditional watermill in Meliana
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

In the village of Meliana within the Thesprotikos district, visitors have the opportunity to see a traditional watermill and enjoy the panoramic view of the valley below.

Trikastro
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

What little remains of a hilltop acropolis in the village of Trikastro have been linked to either Ancient Omphalion or Ancient Ella. The large Cyclopean walls have scholars placing it sometime during either the Hellenistic or Pre-Classical period. Many archaeologists support the claim that it is another fortification built by the Molossian tribe.

Watermills in Avassos
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

The pleasant village of Avassos within the Louros district is a wonderful area to explore. Aside from the old churches and quaint houses, traditional watermills give travellers and authentic look inside the life of a traditional village.

Women’s Monastery of Agia Paraskevi Fanariou
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

Inside the women’s Monastery of Agia Paraskevi lies the tomb of the saint along with the rock on which she was martyred. The two cracks in the rock are said to have been left by her hands. The monastery lies in the village of Pounta near Kanalaki.

Women’s Monastery of Agios Dimitrios – Zalongos
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

The Women’s Monastery of Agios Dimitrios is located under Mt. Zalongo just like the men’s monastery bearing the same name.

Zalongo Monument
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

Under Mt. Zalongo just outside the settlement of Kassope stands this monument commemorating the mass suicide of women and children here over 200 years ago. After rebel fighters from the village of Souli were defeated in battle against the Turks, the Greek women from the village found themselves trapped by the opposing forces in the mountains of Zalongo. Rather than being captured and enslaved, the women jumped off the cliffs with their children. The monument is comprised of large stone figures of women and children holding hands and is a silent yet powerful tribute that is sure to move all who visit it.

Ancient Batia
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

Just outside the village of Rizovouni within the Thesprotikos district lie the remnants of the ancient city of Batia. It was built by the Helian tribe sometime during the 6th century BC. This tribe was at constant battle with the Mollosian Tribe, whose cities of Orraon and Kassopi can also be seen within Preveza.

Ancient Efyra
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

On a hill a mere 500 metres from the Nekromanteio lay the ruins of Ancient Efyra.It was formerly an important Mycenaean colony with its origins dating back to the 14th century BC and is mentioned by both Homer and Thucydides. The area was inhabited as early as the late Bronze Age, though there is little to be seen today since a Hellenistic sanctuary was built over it.

Ancient Kassopi
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

What remains of this ancient city stand silently just below Mount Zalongou. Here the Epirote tribe of the Kassopians built their capital city in an attempt to unify neighbouring villages to thwart a possible attack by the Helian tribe. Fragments of the city’s walls and gates still remain as well as the remnants of some private residences. The beautiful views of the Ionian Sea and Amvrakikos Gulf below are an added plus.

Ancient Nikopolis
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

The remains of ancient Nikopolis (victory city) can be found just 7 kilometres north of the city of Preveza. It was built to commemorate Octavian’s great naval victory at Aktion over the forces of Mark Antony and Cleopatra in 31 BC.At its height, more than 150,000 people resided here, most of which were forced to re-locate there from surrounding villages. The apostle Paul visited Nikopolis briefly and the philosopher Epictetus opened a school here. The city was sacked in 267 AD by the Goths and in 540 AD the Byzantine ruler Justinian re-fortified the walls. Many archaeologists and other researchers believe that modern day Preveza grew out of an extension of Nikopolis. The site is quite extensive, and many of its components are well –preserved, particularly the Roman Odeon. The remains of walls, theatres, temples to Poseidon and Ares, aqueducts, and baths can still be seen.

Ancient Orraon
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

Located next to the village of Kastri Gymnotopou on a low hill just below Mount Xinovouno, lies this well-preserved site. It was one of the first cities of the Molossian tribe built around the mid 4th century BC. What’s left of it includes some stone walls and streets as well as a few stone houses, some of which have preserved second storeys (a rarity among surviving ancient structures.)

Berenike
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

Recent evidence has led archaeologists to believe that the remains of a city on the Hill of Michalitsi just west of Preveza belong to the ancient settlement of Berenike. The city was built in 290 BC by the famous ruler of Epirus, King Pyrrhus and was named after his mother-in-law Bernice I of Egypt.

Kokkinopilos
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

This intriguing place is considered to be the oldest archaeological site in Greece. Not far from the village of Agios Georgios and near the Louros River, excavations unearthed the remains of a stone axe which may date back to the Lower Palaeolithic period as early as 250,000 BC. Researchers believe that the location of the site near the Louros River and the fertile plains surrounding it allowed early humans to flourish here. Additional artefacts have been found from more recent periods suggesting that the site was continually inhabited for more than 100,000 years. Another interesting feature is the characteristic reddish tint of the rocks and soil in the area as Kokkinopilos translates into “red clay.”

Nekromanteio of Efyra
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

This fascinating site lies just outside the village of Mesopotamos along the banks of the Achertontas River at the top of a hill. Meaning “oracle of the dead” the ancient Greeks believed this was the entrance to Hades and would travel hundreds of miles in order to communicate with the dead. To do so, they had to pass a series of tests which involved seclusion for several days in dark rooms and adhering to a strict diet which consisted of beans, pork fat and shellfish. It was also common for visitors to offer animal sacrifices, from which they would often be ordered to drink the animal’s blood.

The walls of Pandosias
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

What remains of the capital city of the Helian tribe lies on top of the hill just outside the village of Kastri. During the 4th century BC, this tribe was the main rival of both the Mollosian and Kassopeian tribes, which built the impressive cities of Orraon and Kassopi elsewhere in the Preveza region.

Trikastro
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

What little remains of a hilltop acropolis in the village of Trikastro have been linked to either Ancient Omphalion or Ancient Ella. The large Cyclopean walls have scholars placing it sometime during either the Hellenistic or Pre-Classical period. Many archaeologists support the claim that it is another fortification built by the Molossian tribe.

Castle of Rogone
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

The remains of this once impressive castle lie between the villages of Petra and Nea Kerasounta in the south west corner of Preveza Prefecture. The current castle stands on the site of an ancient city of the Helian tribe known as Vouhetio. Roman, Byzantine and Venetian conquerors overtook the castle successively and made improvements. However, the castle was dealt its deathblow by the Turks during the Turkish-Venetian War at the end of the 17th century and what remained are the present ruins we can see today.

The Castle of Agios Andreas
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

The tumultuous history of this castle is representative of many others throughout the region. It was originally built sometime during the 17th century by the Turks. After the city was taken over by the Venetians, they made some improvements to it however in 1699, they destroyed it before handing the city back to the Turks who then rebuilt it. Unfortunately, the interior isn’t open to the public.

The Castle of Agios Georgios
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

Under the supervision of then ruler Ali Pasha, this castle was constructed during the beginning of the 19th century. It stands at the southern side of the city and was built in a similar style as Agios Andreas.

The Castle of Anthousa
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

In between the villages of Agia and Anthousa north of Parga, stands one of the most well – preserved castles within the region. Built by Ali Pasha in 1814, its location on a hilltop allowed the ruler to control and defend Parga from its walls. It was built in the shape of a polygon and features a large tower and exceptionally tall walls.

The Castle of Parga
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

This impressive castle stands on a promontory above the entrance of Parga’s harbour. It was first built by the Venetians but was destroyed and rebuilt several times throughout its volatile history. In 1808, it became the property of Ali Pasha through the sale of Parga to him by the British leaders of the Ionian Islands at the time. Inside he housed his baths and harem (and undoubtedly enjoyed the view it offered of Parga from above.) Travellers would be wise to take advantage of it as well by making the delightful hike from the town centre to the castle.

The Castle of Riniasas
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

One of the oldest castles in the region is the Castle of Riniasas which silently stands sentinel on a hilltop near the village of Riza. Historians estimate that the castle was built sometime during the 12th century, most likely by the ruler of Epirus, Thomas I Komnenos Doukas. Through the years it became a fortified city which was able to monitor the trade on land and at sea.

The Castle of the Pantokrator
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

In 1807, Ali Pasha decided to build this large fortress on a cape 3 kilometres west of Preveza along the coast of the Ionian Sea. Its location gives it a timeless, almost romantic feeling and the fact that it’s completely open makes it a must-see for explorers. The castle takes its name from the small church that is built at its pinnacle.

The Forts of Pende Pigadia
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

What remains of the capital city of the Helian tribe lies on top of the hill just outside the village of Kastri. During the 4th century BC, this tribe was the main rival of both the Mollosian and Kassopeian tribes, which built the impressive cities of Orraon and Kassopi elsewhere in the Preveza region.

The Vrysoula Rampart
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

Located between Skafidaki and Aktio, this rampart was constructed by Ali Pasha around the same time as the Castle of Agios Andreas. It was built in order to control and protect the harbour. Today one can also see the outer walls which surrounded it as an extra measure of defence.

Cave of Aphrodite (Lychnos)
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

According to mythology, the goddess of love and beauty Aphrodite bathed in a sea cave to the left along the coast from Lychnos Beach. It’s only accessible by boat and inquisitive spelunkers can swim inside once they’ve arrived.

Cave of Asprohalkou
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

Just north of the village of Agios Georgios in the north-eastern section of the prefecture, lays this fascinating cave. Located within the Louros river valley and close to the Palaeolithic site of Kokkinopylos, this cave has shed new light on the pre-historic settlement of the region. Within the cave, researchers discovered a wide range of artefacts, of which their estimations place from 40,000 – 3,000 years BC. The different layers of the cave reveal that it was indeed inhabited over several millennia, starting from the Middle Palaeolithic period, through the New Palaeolithic period, down into the Bronze Age. Stone tools, animal bones and a large rhinoceros tooth were among some of the objects found. Researchers suggest that the cave was used as an outpost from where pre-historic man could hunt large herds of animals that gathered at the Louros River. Evidence of fire has been found along the walls and ceilings of the cave that suggest they stayed in the cave for significant periods of time. The cave lies along the Preveza-Ioannina road and is signposted. Parking is to the left while the cave itself off to the right. Visitors will need to walk about 200 meters along a crude path to reach the cave.

Cave of Markos Botsari
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

Markos Botsari was the leader of the Souliote uprising throughout Epirus which targeted Turkish armaments in the region.Legend has it that the small cave in the neighbourhood of Pouliana within the village of Gorgomilo was used by Botsari as a base from which he and his men conducted raids.

Cave of Vlassis
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

From the Church of Panagia Rodias, follow the path for a few minutes until you reach a fork in the road. Take the route towards the right and you will reach the rocky settlement of Agios Vlassis. From there you will be able to see the entrance to the small cave bearing the same name.

Agia Pelagias Monastery
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

Located just south of the village of Kastrosikias, this 17th century monastery lies in a pleasant setting on a hillside. It was first built sometime during the 17th century and was renovated twice after. The largest church within the monastery features 4 simple columns and an open balcony.

Agia Varvara
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

In the area of Stefani within the Louros district, lies this church which was founded in 1937. It was built on top of the ruins of a Byzantine church which dated back to either the 10th or 11th century. In fact, the eastern wall of the temple belongs to the earlier church and was incorporated into the design of the recent structure.

Agios Athanasios – Louros
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

Within the village of Stefanis in the district of Louros, you’ll find the temple of Agios Athanasios.

Agios Athanasiou – Preveza
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

This church dating back to 1780 is a prime example of the Ionian architecture that characterises a myriad of churches throughout the area. These include the rounded wall to the east and the fact that its basilica consists of a single open space. Another Ionian attribute are the painted barriers along the floor. Impressive paintings can also be seen on the walls and the ceiling which depict scenes of Jesus’ miracles as well as various Old Testament stories.

Agios Dimitrios – Kranea
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

The large three –aisled church of Agios Dimitrios in Kranea boasts some of the finest architecture of the region which speaks of its importance during the 19th and 20th centuries. It was built in 1869 by Christodoulos and Sotiris of the town of Konitsa in Ioannina.

Agios Dimitrios Oropo Louros
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

This temple can be found in the village of Oropo and was built during the 18th century.

Agios Haralambos – Preveza
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

The temple of Agios Haralambos is one of the city’s most impressive churches. It was first built during the 18th century on top of an older church. It can be characterised as a single space basilica. Visitors can admire exceptional paintings that cover the walls and the ceiling. A significant amount of quality woodwork can also be seen here.

Agios Vissaronias – Fillipiada
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

This impressive church was built in 1912 after being commissioned by Vasilis Georgakis of Ioannina. The large bell tower built in the Ionian style is its most well-known characteristic.

Byzantine Monastery of Agios Dimitrios – Fanariou
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

Built by the emperor of the time Micheal Angelo, (not to be confused with the famous painter) this Byzantine Monastery has been kept in remarkable condition for over 300 years. It can be found just outside the village of Kypseli along the northern border of the prefecture.

Church of Agios Athanasios – Parga
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

The Church of St. Athanasios is located at the central beach of Krioneri in Parga. It stands across from the small chapel dedicated to the Virgin Mary on the small island across the beach.

Church of Agios Nikolaos – Parga
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

Agios Nikolaos is the patron saint of Parga and this impressive church found in the centre of the town is the largest in Parga.

Church of Agios Sostis – Parga
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

At the bottom of the cliff and just above the Beach of Agios Sostis lies this small church bearing the same name.

Church of Agios Spyridonas – Parga
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

This small church dedicated to St. Spyridon is located in a small harbor along Valtos beach just outside Parga.

Church of Genesioun Theotokou
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

Extraordinary examples of wall paintings and gold can be found in the Church of the birth of the Virgin Mary. According to experts, the church was built during the 18th century and the art found within it is impressive.

Church of Panagia (small island) – Parga
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

This small charming church sits on the eponymous island adjacent to Parga and Krioneri Beach. Here a large celebration takes place every 15th of August when the Greek Orthodox Church observes the Dormition of the Virgin. It’s possible to reach the island by boat or swimming, though if you plan on going in the church, proper attire is recommended.

Church of the Koimisis Theotokou Thesprotikos
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

The Church of the Dormition of the Virgin Mary is located in the village of Polistafilo within the district of Thesprotikos.

Holy Monastery of Elias
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

In the village of Nea Kerasounta, visitors can find the Church of Elias. It was built in 1720 and its interior consists of three aisles and a domed roof. Due to damages to the original church, it was renovated in 1852 by the abbot Dionisis I.

Holy Taxiarchon Monastery – Zalongos
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

Just east of the Zalongo Monument lies this former monastery which is now a church. Its unique location on the side of Mt. Zalongo and the fact that it was abandoned during the Second World War gives it an air of mystery. In 1975, restoration works began, transforming the former monastery into a small, single-space temple.

Koimisis Theotokou Avassos
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

Located near the village of Ano Kotsanopoulo is the Church of the Dormition of the Virgin. An older temple once stood in the same location and in 1850, the Monk Kyprianos began building the church that visitors can see today, which features three aisles and a domed roof.

Koimisis Theotokou Vrisoulas – Louros
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

This church stands in the village of Vrisoulas in the Louros district.

Monastery Kozilis
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

This Byzantine monastery was built in the 17th century and is located in the village of Kozilis, just under the hill of Zalongou. It was here that the Bishop of Kozilis was founded following the desertion of the settlement of Nikopolis just before the year 1020.

Monastery of Agia Trias Lekatsa
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

One of the most well-known churches throughout the region is the Lekatsa Monastery. It was built during the 17th century on a hilltop within the Lekatsa forest. Even the path to the monastery is enchanting, but the best incentive to visit the church is the enchanting view it offers above the forest and out to the Ionian, where the islands of Paxoi and Kerkyra (Corfu) can be seen in the distance. The monastery received international recognition for the renovations which have taken place there by both the European Union and Europa Nostra.

Monastery of Agios Dimitrios – Zalongos
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

This monastery was founded during the late 18th century by the abbot Dionysios close to the ancient site of Kassopi. Today the Zalongo Monument also stands near it.

Monastery of Vlaherna – Parga
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

This monastery once lay in ruins but has been renovated and now serves as one of Parga’s emblems. Its most noteworthy features include a 15 meter tall bell tower with its nine bells. It was built in the Ionian style, and people claim they can be heard within a twelve mile radius when ringing. The foundation date is unknown, though some people claim it was first built sometime within the 14th century. The church holds a celebration in which it honours the Virgin Mary and the founding of the church every 2nd of July.

Old church of Agios Faneromenis
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

This beautiful old church is located in the foothills of the village Pappadates in the region of Thesprotikos.

Palaiochristian Church of Panagias tou Kastrou
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

The impressive paintings of saints within this long-standing church are what draw visitors to this church located in the area of Kastri.

Profiti Ilias – Trikastro Louros
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

The Church of the Prophet of Elijah is found on the top of the hill of Trikastro where the remains of an ancient acropolis lie.

Profitis Ilias – Flamboura
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

The tumultuous history of this monastery and the invaluable role it played during both the Turkish and German occupations is one of the reasons why so many visitors are drawn to this church each year. It was originally part of the larger Rogoi Monastery but became independent in 1720. During the years of Turkish rule, the church contributed both to the welfare of the Greek inhabitants of the region and later to the efforts of the Greek resistance. Sources claim that its abbot, Dionysios I was captured and tortured by the son of the ruler Ali Pasha, Muhtar. The monastery was seriously damaged by the Turks in 1787, but was later rebuilt. More than a century later, another enemy, the Germans, burned the monastery to the ground. Today the monastery can be found in a new building in the area of Flamboura, where the stone iconostasis and catholicon from the original church can be seen.

Women’s Monastery of Agia Paraskevi Fanariou
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

Inside the women’s Monastery of Agia Paraskevi lies the tomb of the saint along with the rock on which she was martyred. The two cracks in the rock are said to have been left by her hands. The monastery lies in the village of Pounta near Kanalaki.

Women’s Monastery of Agios Dimitrios – Zalongos
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

The Women’s Monastery of Agios Dimitrios is located under Mt. Zalongo just like the men’s monastery bearing the same name.

Clock Tower of Preveza
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

This impressive example of Venetian architecture was built in 1752 and has served as the city’s emblem ever since. Today its height dominates the city centre, as the life of the city circulates around it.

Stone bridge of Aherontas river
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

The stone bridge which spans the river within the Thesprotikos district, create a fairytale setting within the forests which envelope the river. It crosses the river just outside the village Dala.

Traditional watermill in Meliana
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

In the village of Meliana within the Thesprotikos district, visitors have the opportunity to see a traditional watermill and enjoy the panoramic view of the valley below.

Watermills in Avassos
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

The pleasant village of Avassos within the Louros district is a wonderful area to explore. Aside from the old churches and quaint houses, traditional watermills give travellers and authentic look inside the life of a traditional village.

Zalongo Monument
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

Under Mt. Zalongo just outside the settlement of Kassope stands this monument commemorating the mass suicide of women and children here over 200 years ago. After rebel fighters from the village of Souli were defeated in battle against the Turks, the Greek women from the village found themselves trapped by the opposing forces in the mountains of Zalongo. Rather than being captured and enslaved, the women jumped off the cliffs with their children. The monument is comprised of large stone figures of women and children holding hands and is a silent yet powerful tribute that is sure to move all who visit it.

Laographic Museum of Thesprotikou
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

The district of Thesprotikou in the Northwest area of the region features several traditional houses and buildings which have been kept in relatively good condition, such as the old school which dates back to the 17th century. Several of the articles found within these buildings and throughout the region are displayed in the Laographic Museum of Thesprotikos. The museum itself occupies a traditional stone house dating back to 1860. The exhibits on display are limited but give the visitor an interesting look into what the daily lives of the past inhabitants must have been like.

Laographic Museum of Zalongou
Epirus

This fascinating collection of tools, clothing, toys and historical documents spans over 200 years and gives visitors a rare glimpse at the daily lives and struggles of the people who lived here throughout the last two centuries. Among some of the interesting artefacts include wedding dresses, farming tools, school supplies and genealogical records from the region. The museum is housed in the area of Kamini near the Zalongou Monument.

Museum of Natural History Neohori
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

This interesting display of the region’s natural history is located just 5 kilometres from Preveza city in neighbouring Neohori. Visitors will have a chance to look at displays which show the diverse fauna and flora of the area as well as information on the interesting finds at Kokkinopilos and the Cave of Asprohalkou.

Museum of Nikopolis
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

This relatively new museum is a must-see for any travellers passing through Preveza. The current museum is the third of its kind, with the first being destroyed during World War 2 and the second being built and finished in 2006. It was finally open in 2009 and lies just 5 miles outside the city next to the site itself.The museum features several fascinating artefacts that span the entire span of the city from its foundation by Octavian in 31 BC up until its abandonment in 1291. The latest museum is an impressive space totalling more than 2,000 square meters and displaying remnants of both the Roman and Byzantine periods of the city.

Acherontas River
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

The banks and delta of the Acherontas River are a joy to hike through and also constitute an invaluable ecosystem for the species in the area. The thick vegetation that runs along the river includes Oak, Walnut and Laurel trees. There is also an abundance of pine trees, wild roses and a variety of bushes.

Dimos Anogeiou
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

The district of Anogeios comprises the northeast corner of Preveza and enjoys a higher altitude than the rest of the region. The cooler climate and presence of mountains in the region has attributed to its unique range of flora.

Gulf of Amvrakikos
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

The Amvrakikos Gulf is one of the most important wetlands in Greece and one of key significance in Europe. Over 290 species of birds live in the Gulf, some permanently and others as a stop along their migration routes. The birds and marine animals favour the area not only for the physical shelter that the thick reeds and trees provide, but the ample supply of fish, shell fish and amphibians within the water and wetlands of the Gulf. The Gulf is home to one of the largest pods of Bottlenose Dolphins within Greece. Endangered species such as the Monachus monachus or Monk seal along with the Caretta caretta or the Loggerhead Turtle both take shelter within the protected waters of the Gulf. Here they feed on Grey and Red Mullet, mussels, and clams.

Kalodiki Marsh
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

This incredible marsh lies in the northernmost section of the prefecture and spills into part of neighbouring Ioannina region as well. Despite the fact that it occupies a space between 100 -150 meters (depending on which season it is) the Kalodiki Marsh is an invaluable ecosystem with over 300 types of plants, 120 species of birds, 20 different mammals, 11 reptiles, 5 kinds of amphibians and several fish species. It’s part of the Natura 2000 initiative designed to protect such important ecological environments. Within the marsh, several types of plants can be found including lilies, White Willow Trees, Holm Oaks and White Poplars.

Lake Ziros
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

This natural lake and surrounding area resembles a Swiss landscape more than that of Greece. It’s a place of undeniable beauty and one enjoyed by hikers, kayakers, canoers, and bird watchers. The abundance of Black Pine and Beech Trees along with a stunning array of wildflowers makes Lake Ziros an unforgettable destination for travellers.

Louros River
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

The Louros River flows from Mt. Tomaros in the neighbouring region of Ioannina to the North. From there it flows through the eastern section of Preveza region and empties into the Amvrakikos Gulf.

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Ancient Kassopi
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

What remains of this ancient city stand silently just below Mount Zalongou. Here the Epirote tribe of the Kassopians built their capital city in an attempt to unify neighbouring villages to thwart a possible attack by the Helian tribe. Fragments of the city’s walls and gates still remain as well as the remnants of some private residences. The beautiful views of the Ionian Sea and Amvrakikos Gulf below are an added plus.

Ancient Nikopolis
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

The remains of ancient Nikopolis (victory city) can be found just 7 kilometres north of the city of Preveza. It was built to commemorate Octavian’s great naval victory at Aktion over the forces of Mark Antony and Cleopatra in 31 BC.At its height, more than 150,000 people resided here, most of which were forced to re-locate there from surrounding villages. The apostle Paul visited Nikopolis briefly and the philosopher Epictetus opened a school here. The city was sacked in 267 AD by the Goths and in 540 AD the Byzantine ruler Justinian re-fortified the walls. Many archaeologists and other researchers believe that modern day Preveza grew out of an extension of Nikopolis. The site is quite extensive, and many of its components are well –preserved, particularly the Roman Odeon. The remains of walls, theatres, temples to Poseidon and Ares, aqueducts, and baths can still be seen.

Cave of Aphrodite (Lychnos)
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

According to mythology, the goddess of love and beauty Aphrodite bathed in a sea cave to the left along the coast from Lychnos Beach. It’s only accessible by boat and inquisitive spelunkers can swim inside once they’ve arrived.

Church of Panagia (small island) – Parga
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

This small charming church sits on the eponymous island adjacent to Parga and Krioneri Beach. Here a large celebration takes place every 15th of August when the Greek Orthodox Church observes the Dormition of the Virgin. It’s possible to reach the island by boat or swimming, though if you plan on going in the church, proper attire is recommended.

Kalodiki Marsh
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

This incredible marsh lies in the northernmost section of the prefecture and spills into part of neighbouring Ioannina region as well. Despite the fact that it occupies a space between 100 -150 meters (depending on which season it is) the Kalodiki Marsh is an invaluable ecosystem with over 300 types of plants, 120 species of birds, 20 different mammals, 11 reptiles, 5 kinds of amphibians and several fish species. Kalodiki Marsh is part of the Natura 2000 initiative designed to protect such important ecological environments. The marsh is a haven to several species that enjoy the protection of its waters and the bounty of the food it provides. Several types of frogs, salamanders as well as beavers and otters make their homes within the waters of the marsh while skunks, weasels, foxes, hedgehogs and wild cats take advantage of the rich supply of food along the banks of the marsh.

Kokkinopilos
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

This intriguing place is considered to be the oldest archaeological site in Greece. Not far from the village of Agios Georgios and near the Louros River, excavations unearthed the remains of a stone axe which may date back to the Lower Palaeolithic period as early as 250,000 BC. Researchers believe that the location of the site near the Louros River and the fertile plains surrounding it allowed early humans to flourish here. Additional artefacts have been found from more recent periods suggesting that the site was continually inhabited for more than 100,000 years. Another interesting feature is the characteristic reddish tint of the rocks and soil in the area as Kokkinopilos translates into “red clay.”

Monastery of Vlaherna – Parga
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

This monastery once lay in ruins but has been renovated and now serves as one of Parga’s emblems. Its most noteworthy features include a 15 meter tall bell tower with its nine bells. It was built in the Ionian style, and people claim they can be heard within a twelve mile radius when ringing. The foundation date is unknown, though some people claim it was first built sometime within the 14th century. The church holds a celebration in which it honours the Virgin Mary and the founding of the church every 2nd of July.

Museum of Nikopolis
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

This relatively new museum is a must-see for any travellers passing through Preveza. The current museum is the third of its kind, with the first being destroyed during World War 2 and the second being built and finished in 2006. It was finally open in 2009 and lies just 5 miles outside the city next to the site itself.The museum features several fascinating artefacts that span the entire span of the city from its foundation by Octavian in 31 BC up until its abandonment in 1291. The latest museum is an impressive space totalling more than 2,000 square meters and displaying remnants of both the Roman and Byzantine periods of the city.

The Castle of Anthousa
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

In between the villages of Agia and Anthousa north of Parga, stands one of the most well – preserved castles within the region. Built by Ali Pasha in 1814, its location on a hilltop allowed the ruler to control and defend Parga from its walls. It was built in the shape of a polygon and features a large tower and exceptionally tall walls.

Aherontas River
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

In and outside of the River, the Aherontas region is teeming with wildlife. Within the river, fresh water fish such as Trout, eels, and frogs…… on which otters feed. There is also a large variety of turtles and snakes, as well as wild cats and wolves which are supported by the river’s diverse ecosystem. These animals pose no threat to hikers, though walkers should stick to the paths to avoid accidental encounters with snakes.

Kalodiki Marsh
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

This incredible marsh lies in the northernmost section of the prefecture and spills into part of neighbouring Ioannina region as well. Despite the fact that it occupies a space between 100 -150 meters (depending on which season it is) the Kalodiki Marsh is an invaluable ecosystem with over 300 types of plants, 120 species of birds, 20 different mammals, 11 reptiles, 5 kinds of amphibians and several fish species. Kalodiki Marsh is part of the Natura 2000 initiative designed to protect such important ecological environments. The marsh is a haven to several species that enjoy the protection of its waters and the bounty of the food it provides. Several types of frogs, salamanders as well as beavers and otters make their homes within the waters of the marsh while skunks, weasels, foxes, hedgehogs and wild cats take advantage of the rich supply of food along the banks of the marsh.

Lake Ziros
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

This natural lake and surrounding area remind visitors more of Switzerland than Greece. Nevertheless, it is one of the country’s most beautiful landscapes and an invaluable ecosystem that supports a wide array of wildlife including Swamp, River and Meadow Turtles, the Common Toad and the Green Toad, the Dalmatian Frog, Tree Frog, Green Frog, and Western Greece Frog as well as a few snake species. It is also home to a number of mammals including 70 different species of bats, otters, wild cats, wild boars and jackals as well as several fish species.

Louros River
Epirus / Preveza & Parga

Excavations at both Kokkinopilos and the Cave of Asprohalkou have both shed light on the important role the Louros River Valley area played in prehistoric times. Experts believe that the river supported an abundant range of wildlife that enabled groups of hunter-gatherers to survive in the area over centuries. Today the river continues to support a diverse variety of birds, fish mammals, reptiles and amphibians in the area. Otters, moles, wild cats, Mediterranean, Rock and Swamp Turtles, toads and frogs are just some of the animals that depend on the Louros River for their sustenance. Within the river, eels, Trout, and other species of fish flourish, though during the last few decades, their numbers have been reduced due to the severe pollution problem the river faces.

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