PIC INTERREG IIIA Greece - Italy 2000-2006 Axis 3.2 Project Code I3201060.


...from Preveza to Ioannina...

Leaving Preveza, we visit the archaeological site ofNikopolis and we head towards the village Nea Sampsounta and the workshop of traditional clothing “ESTHITA”, where one can admire or even buy traditional costumes from all places of Greece. The events taking place in the area are popular: the Tea party, organized by the Women’s Society, the parade during the Carnival, and the 3-day festival of the Society “Amisos”.
A few kilometers away from Sampsounta there is glorious Zalogo. The sight of the statues representing Souliotisses (the women from Souli) dancing just a few seconds before jumping over the high cliff will definitely compensate the visitor for his tiring effort to go up the 410 steps. The celebrations taking place on the second Sunday of August are popular.
Our next stop is the village Vrisoula of Louros and the monastery of Avassos with its fκte on the 15th of August. Thesprotiko (also known as Lelova) is famous for the church of Panaghia Lambovitissa, where many people come to pray. Visitors can buy traditional local products from the Female Agricultural Association of Thesprotiko “MIKRI LAKKA SOULI”.
From Kalogirou bridge, we take the national road that leads to Ioannina and we reach Filippiada. One visit at the carpet making school of the town can teach us a lotabout weaving and we can buy handmade carpets from the exhibition there. The Holy Monastery of Pantanassa is on our way leaving the town. It is now ruined but still makes an impression to people who see it. The same applies for Agios Georgios, the village with the traditional “nerotrivi” (i. e. cleaning especially of the thick wool textiles by the power of the falling water), which caters for local people’s needs. As we leave Kleisoura tunnel behind, we reach the prefecture of Ioannina, through a truly breathtaking route. In the historic village of Bizani, visitors will be really impressed if they choose to go to the Greek History Museum of Paul Vrellis with the wax figures.
Just before Ioannina, and if we follow the newly constructed Egnatia Odos (motorway) to Igoumenitsa for only a few kilometers, stands the archaeological site of Dodoni with the oracle, the temples and the impressive ancient theater which is still operational during summer months. Ioannina, the town of Lady Frossini and Lady Vassiliki, the town of Literature and Arts and the capital of Epirus, impress even the most demanding visitors. The Castle, with its alleys and cafes with traditional sweets, the square with its modern appearance, Archimandrio, the lake and the route around it are things that stand out and leave visitors with the best of impressions. The town offers a wide variety of accommodation. The Byzantine and postbyzantine monasteries with the remarkable icons and wallpaintings and the house where Ali-Pasha was killed are the most important sights on the island in the lake of Ioannina, where one can get by one of the boats services that run throughout the day. The island is also famous for its cuisine: frog legs, snails, eels are some of the dishes that the daring visitor is challenged to taste. The same dishes, blended with local, traditional ones, can be found in restaurants around town. On the shore of the lake and in the area of Amfithea, there is the monastery of Panaghia Dourachani, which was founded after a miraculous intervention of Virgin Mary.
As we start ascending to Zagoria, we are heading to Kalpaki and Panaghia Vella. Close to it, there is the War Museum and the village Aspraggeloi, where the statue of the Woman of Pindus stands. In the mountainous areas of the Prefecture of Ioannina, and especially in Metsovo, in Zagorochoria and in Pogoni, a number of churches and monasteries honour the grace of Virgin Mary and organize traditional celebrations on Her major feast days.


Community Initiative INTERREG III 2000-2006


PIC INTERREG IIIA Greece - Italy 2000-2006 Axis 3.2 Project Code I3201060

Co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund