Pindus National Park – Valia Kalda
Pindus National Park, also known as Valia Kalda, is located in northwestern Greece and is probably the least known and least visited of any National Park in all of Europe. It was established in 1966 and considered one of the most important protected areas for the maintenance of mountainous biodiversity. The National Park is characterized by extensive forests of black pine and beech in the park's lower and middle altitudes and Balkan pine at higher altitudes. The area hosts a population of Eurasian brown bears which is a conservation priority species. Other mammals that live in the park are wolves, deer, wild cats and the Balkan Chamois. The park further provides shelter for more than 80 species of birds, including 10 types of rare bird species such as the Eastern imperial eagle, the Golden eagle and the Lanner falcon. A large variety of reptiles, amphibians, and insects, complete the picture.
Located in the Νorthwestern part of the country, Loannina sits in the centre of a valley, amongst enormous mountains. The town was built on the famous Egnatia Odos, the road that connects Europe with Asia, one of the most ancient routes in history, spanning over 2000 years, once used by the Persians and ancient Greeks.
From the Stone Age, the ancient Greek civilizations, the Roman magistrates and the Byzantine despots through to the Ottoman pashas and the modern Greek democracy, the history trail leads to the unmissable attractions of today’s multicultural Loannina: six amazing museums, a unique primordial cave, art galleries, twelve churches, one synagogue, sixteen monasteries, twelve well preserved Muslim monuments, and an array of townhouses and public buildings of architectural interest.
But that's not all. The simplest experiences turn into something magical in Loannina! A walk or even a bike ride around the lake Pamvotida offers breathtaking views. Some experiences that you do not get to live every day!
Walk in the town and wander in the silversmith shops. You will find the legendary craftsmen whose work and creations are known all over Europe. The local cuisine of Loannina will satisfy the appetite of even the most demanding visitors. The local pastries of Loannina are known all throughout Greece. Every last bite is a mouthwatering reminder why Loannina is a culinary crossroad between Europe and the East.
Loannina is the city that never sleeps. And how can it sleep with more than 15,000 students living here? The nightlife options are countless, especially during the summer season. The bars and clubs by the lake make for unforgettable fun under the star lit night sky. Summer is also the time of year when dozens of cultural events and promotions of local products take place as well as the famous village fairs.
The Cave of Perama is located by the Pamvotis lake, just four miles away from the city of Loannina, in Perama. It was accidentally discovered in 1940, during the Second World War, It consists of several successive halls and corridors adorned with stalactites, stalagmites, curtains and impressive columns in wonderful clusters. In 1956 he found fossilised teeth and bones of the cave bears. It occupies an area of 14.800 sq.m. and the tourist trail is a total of 1,100 meters.
Ancient Theatre of Dodoni
The sanctuary of Dodoni was a major spiritual place in ancient Greece. It was the oldest of the Greek oracles and ancient people traveled great distances in order to consult the priests who foretold the future. Outside the temple of Zeus the priests gathered under the sacred Oak tree and listened to the sound of the leaves as they shivered in the breeze and glimpsed at the future. People from the entire known world would make the pilgrimage in ancient times in order to consult the future-telling Oak tree and to attend cultural festivals that took place regularly at Dodoni.
A cluster of 48 traditional picturesque villages, built amphitheatrically in the wider area of Timfi and Mitiskeli. The local architecture is defined by stone, wood and slate rock.
Inspiring people, incredible craftsmen and 47 unique villages are among the treasuresto be found in the rich, beautiful and rugged mountains of Tzoumerka.
Above the town of Kalambáka, on the northwestern edge of the Plain of Thessaly, the visitor encounters a breathtaking site of impressive monasteries “balanced” on massive detached stone pinnacles, 400 metres above the ground. Metéora is one ofChristianity’s holiest places as well as a landscape of outstanding natural beauty.Thousands of visitors flock to this place every year, attracted by the daunting size of the rock formations where timelessness and beauty prevail, while they seek spiritual enlightenment far away from the earthly bustle. In 1988 Metéora was declared aUNESCO World Heritage Site.
Aoos Springs Lake
Constructed in 1987 for the production of electricity and became an important habitat and recreational area where guests can exercise angling, and admire the unique landscape.
In a legendary land, where legends are mixed with history, under the deep blue sky, surrounded by emerald green waters and hidden destinations, where history creates chills of mystery and emotion in Thesprotia's Land.
A sandy beach with clear waters and a picturesque tavern
A beach with water slides, perfect for children.
Pebble beach, overlooking Agios Nikolaos island.
One of the most beautiful and sensational beaches in Sivota. It unites Sivota and Mourtemeno island. while access is undertaken both by land and sea.
Organized beach with cool waters.
Mega Ammos and Mikri Ammos (Bakola)
The most cosmopolitan beaches with lots of restaurants and cafe-bars.Pebble beaches with crystal-clear waters.
Beautiful, pebble and organized beach.
Located on Agios NIkolaos island with incredibly clear and calm waters. Accessibleonly by sea
An exotic beach overlooking a small island.