The Castle of Ioannina is built on the west bank of the lake on a small rocky peninsula, on the two hills of which an equal number of citadels are formed.
A town by the lake
Located in the Νorthwestern part of the country, Ioannina sits in the center 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 Ioannina: 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.
Ride, wander, taste, LIVE!
But that's not all. The simplest experiences turn into something magical in Ioannina! A walk or even a bike ride around the lake Pamvotida offers breathtaking views. Some experiences that you do not get to live everyday!
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 Ioannina will satisfy the appetite of even the most demanding visitors. The local pastries of Ioannina are known all throughout Greece. Every last bite is a mouthwatering reminder why Ioannina is a culinary crossroad between Europe and the East.
Ioannina 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.
No matter whether you are looking for an adventurous trip or want to enjoy the beauty of nature, Ioannina has something for everyone!
Ioannina stands as one of the best offbeat escapes in Europe because of its view-a-licious lake.
Whether it’s strolling hand in hand on its banks, birdwatching, riding a bike in the lightly used rural roads or enjoying your wine and good spirits by the serene waters in the sunset, the turquoise lake (a National Park and Pamvotis by name - a riddle for the literature aficionados) will offer the perfect backdrop for romance, family holidays, congresses and city breaks.
A walk in the historic center, which extends in the "front" of the city to the lake, is worth only if you desire to wander and get lost. A good starting point for the walk is the Clock Square (1905), opposite the Town Hall.
Go down the main road, where you will find jewelery and shops with folk art and souvenirs, and let your instinct guide you. Right and left of the main street, every little street, every alley is a surprise.
Ioannina University is one of the most attractive univercities in Greece, because studying in Ioannina is a lot of fun.
Located in a beautiful, modern European town, the university is simply perfect for students, as everyone who studies there thinks so! The town is large enough to offer a variety of activities, but small enough to feel like home. The distances are short, so everything is less complicated than in a big city. That's why it's also an ideal place to live.
In the heart of the city of Ioannina, at Litharitsia Park (6, 25th March Square), lies the Metropolitan Museum for the Epirus Antiquities. It showcases a multitude of important cultural artifacts from prehistoric times up to the fall of the Roman rule (4th century AD). Through a variety of finds- such as tools, equipment, weapons, jewellery, coins, architectural fragments, inscriptions – are unfolded aspects of daily life the economy and social organization in camps, villages and towns/citadels.
Almost a breath from the historic center, there is the lakeside. From the square Mavili until "12", the "Skala" the Katsari Park, the multi old municipal slaughterhouses, Akti Miaouli and lakeside bicycle - pedestrian. In some places along this route many restaurants and cafes are developed.
Near the Coast Miaoulis there is the Ioannina Centre of Traditional Crafts (KEPAVI) where you can find jewelry and any other creation of silverwork. A lakeside stroll or by bicycle, ii a must. Those of you who are fans of fishing or bird watching, do not forget your equipment.
In 1617-1618, in the area of the north-eastern citadel the religious-educational complex (Kyliye) of Aslan Pasha was built which included the mosque, the Madrassa (seminary) and the Mageiria (hearth).
It is a life's work of the sculptor Pavlos Vrellis- a graduate of the Athens School of Fine Arts- who created it from scratch. In 1983, at the age of 60, he bought a barren space in Bizani, Ioannina (located in the 12th klm. of the Ioannina-Arta National Road).
Πρόκειται για τη βασική πηγή πλούτου των 17ου και 18ου αιώνα. Τα Ιωάννινα ως κέντρο αργυροχρυσοχοίας γίνονται γνωστά σε ολόκληρη την Ευρώπη. Οι τεχνίτες δε δημιουργούν μόνο τουριστικά σουβενίρ αλλά και μαγειρικά σκεύη, εργαλεία, όπλα. Μάλιστα εξειδικεύονται σε κάτι περίεργο. Φτιάχνουν περίτεχνα κουταλάκια και πιρουνάκι στο χώμα, μία τεχνική δύσκολη και σπάνια. Οι νέοι αργυροχρυσοχόοι χρησιμοποιούν τις τεχνικές των προηγούμενων γενιών αλλά αφήνουν σε αυτές τη σφραγίδα του νέου δημιουργού.