A town by the lake

A town built on Egnatia Road that spans two millennia connecting Europe to Asia. With its rich history as a melting pot of traditions and cultures, Ioannina's multicultural characteristics are still visible in everything, from its architecture and traditions, to lifestyle and cuisine.

Ioannina Town By The Lake pamvotida

Located in the Νorthwestern part of the country, Ioannina sits in the center of a valley, amongst enormous mountains. The town was built on the famous Egnatia Odos, the road that connects Europe with Asia, one of the most ancient routes in history, spanning over 2000 years, once used by the Persians and ancient Greeks. 

From the Stone Age, the ancient Greek civilizations, the Roman magistrates and the Byzantine despots through to the Ottoman pashas and the modern Greek democracy, the history trail leads to the unmissable attractions of today’s multicultural Ioannina: six amazing museums, a unique primordial cave, art galleries, twelve churches, one synagogue, sixteen monasteries, twelve well preserved Muslim monuments, and an array of townhouses and public buildings of architectural interest.

 

Ride, wander, taste, LIVE!

But that's not all. The simplest experiences turn into something magical in Ioannina! A walk or even a bike ride around the lake Pamvotida offers breathtaking views. Some experiences that you do not get to live everyday! 

Walk in the town and wander in the silversmith shops. You will find the legendary craftsmen whose work and creations are known all over Europe. The local cuisine of Ioannina will satisfy the appetite of even the most demanding visitors. The local pastries of Ioannina are known all throughout Greece. Every last bite is a mouthwatering reminder why Ioannina is a culinary crossroad between Europe and the East. 

Ioannina is the city that never sleeps. And how can it sleep with more than 15,000 students living here? The nightlife options are countless, especially during the summer season. The bars and clubs by the lake make for unforgettable fun under the star lit night sky. Summer is also the time of year when dozens of cultural events and promotions of local products take place as well as the famous village fairs. 

No matter whether you are looking for an adventurous trip or want to enjoy the beauty of nature, Ioannina has something for everyone!

Once upon a castle

What gate you walk through to enter the castle, does not matter. By entering into this, the city bustle stays outside. A traditional settlement is scattered through the Ottoman buildings like Soufari Seraglio and Aslan Pasha mosque, which houses the municipal museum and the Jewish synagogue.

A crossroads of cultures and religions. And high above, the Kale, the Acropolis: a cultural park with small museums and collections. In summer this is the area of cultural heart of the city, with concerts and other events that take place.

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Relaxing by the lake

Ioannina stands as one of the best offbeat escapes in Europe because of its view-a-licious lake. 

Whether it’s strolling hand in hand on its banks, birdwatching, riding a bike in the lightly used rural roads or enjoying your wine and good spirits by the serene waters in the sunset, the turquoise lake (a National Park and Pamvotis by name - a riddle for the literature aficionados) will offer the perfect backdrop for romance, family holidays, congresses and city breaks.

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Ioannina Walks: The historic center of Ioannina

A walk in the historic center, which extends in the "front" of the city to the lake, is worth only if you desire to wander and get lost. A good starting point for the walk is the Clock Square (1905), opposite the Town Hall.

Go down the main road, where you will find jewelery and shops with folk art and souvenirs, and let your instinct guide you. Right and left of the main street, every little street, every alley is a surprise.

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Best student life in Greece

Ioannina University is one of the most attractive univercities in Greece, because studying in Ioannina is a lot of fun.

Located in a beautiful, modern European town, the university is simply perfect for students, as everyone who studies there thinks so! The town is large enough to offer a variety of activities, but small enough to feel like home. The distances are short, so everything is less complicated than in a big city. That's why it's also an ideal place to live.

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Archaeological Museum of Ioannina

The collections of the Archaeological Museum of Ioannina are developed in seven halls, the central corridor and three terraces, a total area of 1,200 sqm. The exhibits cover a long period, from the first appearance of man in Epirus, during the Lower Palaeolithic age 250,000 years ago, until the twilight of late antiquity in the late Roman period (3rd century AD.). Particular emphasis is given to the findings from the sanctuary of Dodoni which are exposed in a room dedicated exclusively to one of the major oracles of the Greek world.

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Aslan Pasha Mosque - Municipal Museum

Municipal Ethnographic Museum Ioannina is located in the castle and is housed in the mosque of Aslan Pasha built in the early 17th century (probably in 1618) by Aslan Pasha, who ruled in Ioannina during the period 1600-1612.

It was built on the site where according to tradition during the Byzantine era, the church of St. John was there.

The Mosque of Aslan Pasha was the core of a large religious - educational complex, from which today survives the homonym Tourbes (mausoleum), the Mendreses (seminary) and Mageiria (hearth and home).

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Ioannina Walks: The Lake Pamvotis

Almost a breath from the historic center, there is the lakeside. From the square Mavili until "12", the "Skala" the Katsari Park, the multi old municipal slaughterhouses, Akti Miaouli and lakeside bicycle - pedestrian. In some places along this route many restaurants and cafes are developed.

Near the Coast Miaoulis there is the Ioannina Centre of Traditional Crafts (KEPAVI) where you can find jewelry and any other creation of silverwork. A lakeside stroll or by bicycle, ii a must. Those of you who are fans of fishing or bird watching, do not forget your equipment.

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Municipal Ethnographic Museum of Ioannina

Municipal Ethnographic Museum Ioannina is located in the castle and is housed in the mosque of Aslan Pasha built in the early 17th century (probably in 1618) by Aslan Pasha, who ruled in Ioannina during the period 1600-1612.

Built on the site where according to tradition the Byzantine era, there was the church of St. John.

The Mosque of Aslan Pasha was the core of a large religious - educational complex, from which survives the homonym Tourbes (mausoleum), the Mendreses (seminary) and Mageireeia (outbreak).

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The famous silversmiths of Ioannina

Πρόκειται για τη βασική πηγή πλούτου των 17ου και 18ου αιώνα. Τα Ιωάννινα ως κέντρο αργυροχρυσοχοίας  γίνονται γνωστά σε ολόκληρη την Ευρώπη. Οι τεχνίτες δε δημιουργούν μόνο τουριστικά σουβενίρ αλλά και μαγειρικά σκεύη, εργαλεία, όπλα. Μάλιστα εξειδικεύονται σε κάτι περίεργο. Φτιάχνουν περίτεχνα κουταλάκια και πιρουνάκι στο χώμα, μία τεχνική δύσκολη και σπάνια. Οι νέοι αργυροχρυσοχόοι χρησιμοποιούν τις τεχνικές των προηγούμενων γενιών αλλά αφήνουν σε αυτές τη σφραγίδα του νέου δημιουργού.

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Wax museum "Paul Vrellis"

The "Greek History Museum" is located outside Bizani in Ioannina. Housed in a building Urban Castle Architecture Epirus 18th century, founded in 1983 and ended in 1994.

150 wax models, life size, and embedded in a true representation of the environment of their era, mainly revived forms of modern Greek history, in thematic sections. The operating hours for the whole year are: daily 10:00 to 16:00

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