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West Epiros
Typical Beach in West Epiros

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).

To go back to the Epiros main page, click here!

This is the main town and the major port of entry for ferries arriving from Italy and Western Europe. Igoumenítsa is also a lovely town

and the center for the entire western part of Epiros as well as the main port for ships connecting Kérkyra and the mainland.

Immediately after exiting customs, relegated to avoidance of illegal immigrants, visitors meet many travel agencies and travel offices offering cut rate tickets. Revis is one of them and offers special deals on ferries. Students are catered for with their travel needs, including Eurail passes (Eurail passes normally include the train to Brindisi and ferry into Greece).

There are two camping sites in Igoumenitsa, one to the right as we arrive (about 15 minutes walk) and the other, to the left as the ferry arrives (we see the beach and tents before the ferry nears Igoumenítsa.

Cost for either of these is about DRA 1500 per night for a tent. Bring or purchase mosquito repellents. They will drill you otherwise. Two hints are useful here:

  • If its windy, Mosquitos will keep at bay so if you susceptible, sit where there is a good draft
  • If you are eating in a restaurant, remember that mosquitos will attack you under the table, aiming at your bare feet, so always wear loose trousers and put the hems inside your socks.

Savoy furnished apartments, 0665/ 23957
Xenía, 0665/ 22282
Aktáeon, 0665/ 22330
Astória, 0665/ 22704
El Greco, 0665/ 22245
Epiros, 0665/ 22504
Jolly, 0665/ 23970
Oscar, 0665/ 23338
Acropolis, 0665/ 22342
Egnatía, 0665/ 23648
Lux, 0665/ 22223
Rex, 0665/ 22255
Rhódos, 0665/ 22248
Stavrodrómi, 0665/ 22343

A beautiful village and the last bastion of Turkish occupation in the area. Sívota is a very pretty seaside village adorned with lovely sea, sandy beaches and wonderful clear water.

There are many 'free' camping sites nearby, right after the village on the right. You would need a 4 wheel jeep to negotiate the 'roads.'

Further on the road, there is a intersection, one side of which leads to the village of Pérdika (up a hill), the other side leading to a new road heading for Párga, not yet finished. On this main road, there are many little side roads leading to the sea, in really pristine beaches. Worth trying!

Long Summer (apartments), 0665/ 93260
Robinson, 0665/ 91461
Mourteméno, 0665/ 93314
Sívota, 0665/ 91467
Evi, 0665/ 93307
Acropolis, 0665/ 93263

A nice small village, built right on the south side of hill, about 50 kilometers from Igoumenítsa. The site is near the Agios Donátos monastery. The road from Paramithiá towards Ioánina is very pretty going through mountain passes and narrow roads. The direction takes us through Agía Kiriakí, Pardalítsa, Agía Anastasía and Dodóni. We cross the mountain range of Tómaros (1816 meters altitude) which offers superb vístas.

Paramithiá used to be a center of copper production and even today produces much copper and pewter cups and accoutrements. Restaurants abound, in both sides of the small town.

Souli, 0666/ 22208

A very nice town, on the seashores of the Ioanian sea, built in an old Italian style, completely over-run by visitors in the summer. Built in a bay littered with small islands, it offers variety of views, friendly atmosphere and excellent food, outside the peak season.

Párga has more hotels than Ioánina (which is twenty times bigger) and is more expensive. However it is a treat, and this can't be emphasized enough!

Alfa, 0684/ 32111
Bacoli, 0684/ 31200
Lichnos Beach, 0684/ 31257
Miltos Beach, 0684/ 31384
Parga Beach, 0684/ 31294
Valtos Beach, 0684/ 31610
Acropole, 0684/ 31239
Alkyon, 0684/ 31022
Avra, 0684/ 31205
Della's, 0684/ 31655
Magda's apartments, 0684/ 31228
Olympic, 0684/ 31360
Oréa Théa, 0684/ 31457
Rezi, 0684/ 31627
Torini, 0684/ 31219
Calypso, 0684/ 31316
Tourist, 0684/ 31515
Antzela, 0684/ 31614
Possidon, 0684/ 31056

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