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East Epiros
Ancient theater of Dodóni

This description provides information of ancient sites, seaside resorts, churches, monasteries, landscapes and small towns and villages. Additional details can be found in various books printed on Greece, such as the 'Blue Guide to Greece.' The names of places conform to the accented Greek pronounciation which would be the one a traveller would face upon a potential visit.

For a general map of Epiros, click here!(40K).

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This is the capital of Epiros and the fourth largest city in Greece. Situated on the side of the kale by the same name, it is built around the old city, originaly done in a Turkish style. Epirus and Ioanina were occupied by the Turks until the beginning of this century and have kept the original style, pretty much untouched.

Ioanina has a major airport, a university, many hotels and plethora of things to see. The Old city is a must as is a trip to the little island in the middle of the lake, where restaurants abound, as do the millions of mosquitos. The food is excellent, especially the local Ouzo and the feta cheese (Greece's premier Féta, called Dodóni, is produced south of Ioanina).

Ioanina is bordered at the northern end by a mountain range and the descent from Métsovo is exhilarating as is the view from Pérama mountain. To the South, the road heads for Arta and Préveza and the lowlands of Epirus.

Palládion, 0651/ 25856
Xenía, 0651/ 25087
Aléxios, 0651/ 24003
Astória, 0651/ 20755
Bretannía, 0651/ 26380
Dioni, 0651/ 27032
Egnatía, 0651/ 25667
El Gréco, 0651/ 30726
Espería, 0651/ 27682
Galaxy, 0651/ 25432
Parádissos, 0651/ 25365
Paris, 0651/ 20541

A very typical lovely town, built at an altitude of 1100 meters, between Ioánina and Kalambáka(the site of the Metéora monasteries).

Métsovo is the center of the area and the center of Vlach culture. Vlachs were the descentands of most of the inhabitants of Métsovo and they speak a language totally different to Greek. Métsovo offers nearby skiing lifts, plenty of accomodation coupled with a small town atmosphere.

Diáselo, 0651/ 41719
Flokás, 0651/ 41309
Apollon, 0651/ 41844
Galaxy, 0651/ 25432
Acropolis, 0651/ 41672

A nice small village, north of Métsovo built within rich pine forests alive with plenty of deer. Roads are gravel and not surfaced, so four wheel drive should be the norm in these areas. Nearby is a huge artificial lake, serving Métsovo and Ioanina, lake Pígon.

Another nice village with no amenities except camping next to the church. A small Kafenío serves light snacks as well as the ubiquitous chips (crisps for the UK/Ireland).

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