Epirus and Thessaly

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  • 1. Kastro


    One of Ioannina's main attractions is the Kastro, with massive, fairly intact stone fortress walls that once dropped into the lake on three...Read More

  • 2. Nissi Island


    Look back at the outline of the citadel and its mosques in a wash of green as you take the 10-minute ride from the shore toward small Nissi...Read More

  • 3. Agios Nikolaos ton Filanthropinon


    Of Nissi's several monasteries, Agios Nikolaos ton Filanthropinon has the best frescoes. The monastery was built in the 13th century by an important...Read More

  • 4. Ali Pasha Museum


    The main attraction on Nissi is the 16th-century Ayios Pandelimonos Monastery, now the Ali Pasha Museum. Ali Pasha was killed here in the monks...Read More

  • 5. Archaeological Museum of Ioannina


    Located in the center of town, this museum is the best in the area. It houses exhibits from the greater Epirus, such as Paleolithic tools,...Read More

  • 6. Byzantine Museum


    Within the larger citadel is the fortress, called Its Kale by the Turks, where Ali Pasha built his palace; these days the former palace serves...Read More

  • 7. Kostas Frontzos Museum of Epirote Folk Art


    In a finely restored Ottoman house, this small museum has a collection of richly embroidered local costumes, rare woven textiles made by the...Read More

  • 8. Lake Pamvotis

    Body Of Water/Waterfall

    Despite the fact that the water level is so low (the streams that feed it are drying up) and it has become too polluted for swimming, Lake Pamvotis...Read More

  • 9. Mavili Square


    This waterfront square is lined with large, noisy cafés that fill with locals and travelers waiting for the next boat to the nearby isle of...Read More

  • 10. Monastery of Stratigopoulos

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The 11th-century Stratigopoulos is set on a grassy knoll at the other side of the village from Agios Nikolaos ton Filanthropinon (signs point...Read More

  • 11. Municipal Museum

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The collections in the well-preserved Aslan Mosque, now the Municipal Museum, recall the three communities (Greek, Turkish, and Jewish) that...Read More

  • 12. Old Bazaar


    Vestiges of 19th-century Ioannina remain in the Old Bazaar. On Anexartisias are some Turkish-era structures, such as the Liabei arcade (where...Read More

  • 13. Pavlos Vrellis Museum of Greek History


    Want to see a tableau of Ali Pasha's legendary murder? Head to this museum to be shocked and amused, by turns, by its collection of historical...Read More

  • 14. Perama Cave


    The cave's passageways, discovered in the early 1940s by locals hiding from the Nazis, extend for more than 1 km (½ mile) under the hills. You...Read More

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