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The Northwest Mainland – Epirus

Walkabout Excursions / The Northwest Mainland – Epirus

The Epirus area

Between the Ionian Sea and the western border of Thessaly rise the mountains of Epirus. The main city of the area, Ioannina, and the villages surrounding the area collectively known as Zagoria, each have a unique identity, style, architecture, and cuisine and are situated in a nature preserve full of lakes, rivers, and canyons. This region of Greece is a perfect winter or summer getaway

The area

Epirus is an area of tremendous historical and natural richness on the mainland of northwest Greece. The landscape is majestic and sharp, deeply furrowed by valleys and gorges. Ioannina, the main city of the area, is a dynamic modern city situated on the shores of Lake Pamvotis. Surrounding Ioannina is the area known as Zagoria whose 46 mountain villages located in the Vikos-Aoos National Park dot the landscape.

The interests

In and around Ioannina you will find the mix of East and West that makes this area so exceptional. From the Byzantine monasteries to the citadel of the Sultan Ali Pasha to the ancient theatre and oracle of Dodoni just outside Ioannina, the orient and ancient Greece meld into a unique blend.

Zagoria situated in a national park full of lakes, crystal-clear rivers and canyons attracts visitors worldwide for the unique flora and fauna of the region. The rich selection of activities available in the area include array of walking, hiking, rafting, horseback riding, and skiing and are the best ways to explore this distinctive area. During your excursions you will encounter houses of beautiful grey stone with wooden balconies, churches with painted interiors, and stone bridges and ancient steps that connected the villages

The views