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The springs of the Acheron River must not be missed just as it’s delta where it meets the Ionion sea on Ammoudia beach is also an absolute must. Regular boat trips leave Ammoudia in order to explore the many natural treasures the river holds.
The Necromantion at Messopotamos beholds the mythological Oracle of the Dead. It is said the have been the point of crossing to the underworld of Hades.
Nearby is the 14th century bc colony of Efyra which was inhabited as far back as 14-13 bc by the Myceans. By the internal wall two children’s graves were found dating back to the iron age.
The monument of Zaloggo represents an event in Greek history depicting love of freedom and self sacrifice. On December 16th 1803 after the fall of Souli to the Turks a group of 63 women, many with children and babies, chose to jump to their deaths from the steep cliffs rather than become enslaved by the Turkish army.
An archeological site with an ancient theatre dating back to 4bc. The colony was founded by the Thesprotic tribe called the Kassopians in order to protect the plains from the Ilion colonists. The ancient theater held an audience of up to 2,500-3,000, but was largely destroyed by the Romans in 167 bc.
PREVEZA & NIKOPOLIS
A modern town which still manages to maintain it’s historically venetian character. It’s narrow pedestrian throughways, traditional tavernas and ouzeris appeal to both residents and tourists. The town was founded to commemorate the battle of Actium on the 2nd September 31 bc in which Gaius Julius Caesar Octavius ( who later took the name Augustus) defeated the fleet of Marcus Antonius and Queen CleopatraVI of Egypt. The Nikopolis museum is situated in the south east corner of the Byzantine City.
The Amvrakikos gulf is the largest wetland eco-system in Greece, made up of lagoons, reed beds, bush and salt marshes. Named “Rodia”, the Wetlands are situated in the north west part of the gulf and has the largest singular expanse of reeds in the whole of the Balkans and is inhabited by many species of fish and birds. Take the opportunity to observe the feathered inhabitants of the marshland which include gulls, herons, kingfishers, plovers, wild pelicans and many more rare species of birds. Organised excursions leave on a daily basis, with experienced guides full of information.
A stunning and relatively unspoiled area of coastline is hard to find nowadays, but Sivota is certainly one of them. Looking from the Epirus coast, Sivota faces the Ionion Islands of Corfu, Paxos and Anti-Paxos and can be reached after a tranquil mountain drive through lush untouched Epirus landscape, mountain villages and unspoiled beaches.
Lefkas is at the centre of the Ionion Islands a stones throw from Mainland Greece (25m approx). The area we call Lefkas is in fact made up of three islands, those being, Lefkada, Meganissi and Scorpios (owned by the famous Onassi family). There are many small uninhabited islands dotted short distances from Lefkas which can be explored and enjoyed with relative privacy.
History says Palairos was inhabited from the age of Homer the famous Greek poet, but this is not proven. It is certain however that around 600-625 bc the Korinthians had colonies on the Akarnanian coast. The site of Kechropoula is without doubt a large sacred city with uncountable graves and an ancient temple possibly dedicated to Zeus or Hercules. Visitors can freely walk the site and take a trip in time to when this archeological site was in it’s full glory.
Souli is a mountainous settlement approx 73km south east of Igoumenitsa. This autonomous association of villages is famous throughout Greece for their resistance to Ottoman rule in the 17th & 18th centuries. Their resistance to the infamous Ali Pasha earned them nationwide respect. However, in 1803 they were finally overcome and the “Souliotes” were forced to move to many parts of Greece where many joined local resistance groups and continued their war against the Turkish invaders.
Found inland 22km to the south of the capitol city of Epirus, Ioannina, is the ancient Theatre of Dodoni and the Oracle of Dodoni. It is situated in the foothills of the Tomarus Peaks. In it’s time Dodoni was considered a “cultural torch-holder” and was the hive centre of many civilizations from across the world.
Ioannina is the largest city in Epirus. Standing by the lake of Pamvotis it is a lively city with a population of approx 100,000. Many historical monuments and museums will enthrall the visitor, such as it’s castle, it’s lake and island and the breathtaking Perama caves.
4km north east of Ioannina. It is a stalactic cave covering a vast area of 14,800 sq.m. Discovered in 1940 by accident the caves remain at a constant temperature of 18c all year round.
An area in the north west of Greece in the prefecture of Ioannina famous for it’s Vikos Gorge and the Vikos-Aoos Nature Reserve Park.
History in Zagoria begins about 2,500 bc with tribes known as Pelasgians and still to this day remains of their architecture can be found in villages in the area. Zagoria has a rich history of many different cultures and remains of these colonies are widely spread all over the surrounding countryside.
The Meteora is a complex of monasteries on the north west plain of Thessaly between the two mountain ranges of Pindos and Antichassia. It is here on these untrodden peaks that a determined and daring hermit supposedly discovered the ladder to heaven. Legend and tradition say that as early as the 11th century ad the first hermits inhabited the crags on the top of the rocks and by the early 12th century ad the first rudimentary monastic state was in existence. A wonderous and spectacular landscape well worth the journey to reach it.
Delphi is the ancient site of the Oracle of Apollo, the most important site in Greece’s ancient religion. For the ancient Greeks this place was literally the centre of the world. Legend states that Zeus released two eagles from opposite ends of the earth and Delphi was where they collided into each other and fell to the ground. Thus the ancients believed it to be the centre of the world. Delphi was first inhabited in 15 bc but from 8 bc priests from Knossos, Crete, had brought the cult of Apollo with them and used the site for worship. A fantastic place to visit.
Olympia is the site where the original Olympic Games took place every 4 years. Situated in a valley in Elis, western Peloponissos it was not a town but a sanctuary, and the buildings were all associated with Games and with worship of the Gods. Of these the most famous are the Temple of Zeus and the Heraeum which was dedicated to Hera the wife of Zeus, in which was found the table where they placed all the garlands for the victors of the Games. Also within the sanctuary were numerous gymnasiums, schools, stadiums and even a hippodrome.
Biult between the 1st century b.c. and 1st century a.d. The aqueduct is approximately 50km in length carried water through valleys and over hills from the wells in Louros to the holding tanks in the Nikopolis, Preveza.
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