Ioannina, a city of exceptional beauty, enchants and excites the visitor
Ioannina, the city of the ancient King Pyrros, is built on the shores of Lake Pamvotis. A lively and dynamic city, as befits the capital of the prefecture, Ioannina presents its long and rich history seen through the monuments of every era, and fruitfully grafted with legends and traditions that resonate in every corner of the city.
Begin the tour with a visit to the city castle, a trademark of Ioannina and see what remains today of its monuments, witnesses of the harmonious coexistence of Christians, Muslims, and Jews of Ioannina. Climb the Acropolis of Its Kale and enjoy the unsurpassed panoramic view of the city and its lake, before touring the expansive site chosen by Ali Pasha, the great lord and governor of the city to build his palace during the Ottoman occupation.
Visit Fethiye Mosque, the remains of the imposing Serai of Pasha, as well as the Byzantine Museum and the emblematic Silversmithing Museum. Following the paved alleys that resemble a labyrinth, exit the castle, and reach the modern city, where today the commercial heart beats. Stroll Independence Street to reach the shores of the lake, passing the numerous shops and galleries along the boulevard, and choose a visit to the island of the lake, using one of the boats standing on the pier. On the small verdant island, indulge in the picturesque atmosphere of the settlement of the only inhabited island in a lake in all of Europe and following the path to the main square of the island, visit Agios Panteleimon, a place of memory of recent Greek history.
Enjoy local cuisine
The local cuisine of Ioannina offers a gastronomic feast of high demands. A wide variety of herbs season the fine ingredients. Trout, Eels, and the well-known frog legs are among the dishes that are worth trying, as they are the trademark of the local cuisine. The city of Ioannina is famous for its sweets. Syrup desserts such as baklava and kadaifi, but also the rest of the cakes are some of the flavours that will be unforgettable.
Best time to visit Ioannina
The city is suitable for visiting all year round. However, due to the high rainfall rates during the winter and spring months, you should be prepared for frequent and abrupt weather changes and therefore equipped with the appropriate supplies (umbrellas, raincoats).
How to use transportation in Ioannina
Transfer from/to Ioannina
Ioannina has a daily connection with Athens International Airport
From Thessaloniki Airport is easy to reach Ioannina using the brand-new Highway Egnatia Odos (292 kms. Approx. 3 hours)
We recommend a Car Rental
Public Buses and Taxis are available