The city of Ioannina is the capital of Epirus and the largest commercial, spiritual and cultural center in North Western Greece. Ioannina city is situated 440kms from Athens and 295kms from Thessaloniki, on the west shore of lake Pamvotis ta an attitude of 480m nested among the mountain peaks.
The castle of Ali Pasha, the island of Kyra Frosini, the oracle of Dodoni and the contemporary university of Ioannina are the benchmarks of the city, combining traditional with modern, contemporary lifestyle with historical memory and natural beauty with progress and evolution.
The Ioannina archeological museum hosts findings witnessing human presence and action in Epirus, dating from the Stone Age to the Roman years. The exhibits in the archaeological site of Dodoni, where lies the premier ancient Greek oracle, present remarkable interest for the visitors.
On the island of Ioannina, one of the few inhabited lake islands worldwide, you can visit the byzantine Monasteries and admire the elaborate murals with their special style and themes. There, you can also visit Ali Pasha’s house-his last resort. His legend, inseparably linked to the traffic fate of Kyra Frosini, comes to life on the lake shores, along the narrow cobbled streets of the medieval castle and around of the acropolis, where you find Ali Pasha’s tomb and his seraglio, today operating as the byzantine museum. Traditional silversmith and goldsmith workshops, which bloomed in the past worldwide, are awaiting to supply visitors with wonderful souvenirs.