Regions of Greece: Epir
Located on the very northwest of the country, along the border with Albania Epir (iPiros) is considered one of the most picturesque regions of Mainland Greece.
Thanks to numerous wooded mountain peeks, the gorges and stormy rivers is considered to be a great place and for outdoor activities, and its multinational population and colorful villages will provide a lot of interesting Ethnic lovers. This is the most wet region of the country, which in antiquity called the Earth thunderstorms (in the rest of the regions, ELDA is a natural phenomenon. Mountains always defended Epirus from external intervention – even during the Ottoman Empire, he maintained significant autonomy, and during the times of numerous wars was one of the optics of resistance to foreign invaders. For the same reason, he was on the periphery of ancient Greek culture and still inhabited "Raduchy mixture" Of almost 40 nations and ethnic groups, still retaining the national flavor and ancient culture. Even just looking at the map, it is easy to notice how Greek, Turkish, Albanian and Slavic toponyms were tightly mixed here.
The main decoration of Epiro – Mountains. These edges are so much different from Greece familiar with many dry landscapes, which, not even prone to walking, people are happy to make short excursions on the slopes of Tsandani or Parmity, to the Gios or AOOS gorges, on the Metsovon Plateau (Metzovo) or rest on small but very picturesque beaches of the narrow coast of the Kerkira Strait. In addition, there is also the richest nature in the country – not the territory of Epirus there are as many types of wild animals, how much and in the whole of the rest of Greece along with the islands, and the vegetation is clearly closer to the Balkan type than to the dry McWisis of the southern regions. Therefore, it is not surprising that the government of the country in 2007 announced plans to create a North Pinda National Park, which will expand the guarded zone around the Gorge and River Valley of the AOOS.
To the west of Kamambaki Mountain crosses the only route through the Catar Pass (1694 m), connecting Fessel and Epir. This is one of the most exciting routes in the country passing through the tunnels and viaducts by the old mountains reaching heights up to 2,300 meters. From November to April, the pass often notes snow – an unprecedented spectacle for subtropical Greece.
Town Metzovon (Metsovo) Lies west of Qatar’s pass, just below the Kalambak – Yanina Highway. This is a picturesque, almost alpine city, occupying two sides of the gorge and framed by mountain peaks from the south and east, known for its classic houses of the XVIII-XIX centuries. On the weekend, it turns into a tourist destroyed (first of all – the Greeks themselves) Mountain resort, where the residents of the plains are coming to relax from the heat and breathe with pure mountain air. His main decoration is the complex of the Museum of the Archondo Toshitsa (open daily except Thursday, in the summer – from 9.30 to 13.30 and 16.00 to 18.00, in winter – from 15.00 to 17.00; 3 euros) in a beautiful mansion of the XVIII century. And the city feature is a monastery of Ayos-Nikolaos, built in the XIV century on a rather unusual plan and known for its own original frescoes of the XVIII century.
A little west, around the village of Greventition (21 km from the city), the famous pine-beech forests of Pinda begin, among which the ancient stone churches and picturesque river valleys are hidden. Nearby at the Vovous village (VOVOUSSA), through the milky green waters of Aoos, the bridge of the XVIII century was gone – a favorite place of various photo shoots and the main road to the heart of the National Park of the Valine of AOOS and Valia Calda (Valia Kalda).
Not far from the village of Agnanda (Agnanda), lying on the Western slopes of Carkardians in the Arattos River Valley, the picturesque old resort spread Dasico Chorio-Kedros Of the 19 wooden chalets, 2 km south of which is the main attraction of the region – Caves anemotripa (Anemotrypa, open daily from dawn to sunset, 6 euros). Discovered in 1960 underground galleries are passable for 300 meters and replete with picturesque grots and reservoirs. Unlike many settlements of the region Melissouria (Melissourgi, 5 km south-east of Pramandan) avoided the destruction during the Second World War, although most of its picturesque old buildings, including the Church of the XVII century, lost their characteristic roofs from the slate and now the indoors are rather unsuitable. From here begins a lot of pedestrian trail on the beautiful Highlands Costellate, separating Carkarditsa from Tsumber.
In the presence of transport, you can continue the way from Pramyanda to the north, in the Calaritos Valley, to two picturesque villages – Kalaryite (Cala Rita, one of Greece jewelry centers) and Syracon, stroll along the edge of the crushes dividing these villages (there is an almost vertical staircase carved right in the rocky in the Middle Ages), climb the slopes of the Mount Jice (2048 m), walk to the monastery of Vilice (XVIII in.) or to abandoned now Monastery Kipina (founded in 1212 g.), from the terrace of which will open excellent panoramas.
The coast of Epira
The west coast of Epirus offers guests a lot of interesting places to relax by the sea, primarily a long strip of good beaches between the Igumenitsa and Prese.
Igumeenica – the capital of the region of the Topspotia (TheSprotia), the second largest city of Western Greece and the third largest port – lies in the Bay of the same name at the mouth of the Tiamyis River. Because of his workload, it is little popular with tourists, and his architecture is unpretentious – most of the old buildings were destroyed during the bombing of the Second World War. The only point of attraction here can only be considered an uncommon to the hill a little north of the city Byzantine Monastery Riaio with its half-brine frescoes.
But the beaches around the city are surprisingly good – River Tiamyis (Kalamas) for many millennia launched around his mouth Excellent sandy shores. The best of these includes a two-kilometer sand crescent on Cape Dapanon (Dhrepanon), almost 6 km beaches south town Soryada (Sayiadha) on the border with Albania, sleepy town Sivota (Syvota, 23 km south of Igumeenitz) with good marina and beaches Islands Mavron Oros (Murtos), tiny resort Zavias With two isolated bays, as well as considered the best beach in all epic Karavostasi Near the live town of Perdika (Perdhika) with his excellent nightlife.
South, already in the number of preveys, lies small (only 150 meters long) Sarakiniko bay with a wide sandy-pebble beach and a better tavern region – Christos. And also south, 10 km from Perdyk, it is worth a visit to an attractive seaside town Ayia (AYIA) with lined amphitheater houses, the Church of Ayos Eornos and more like folk museums by taverns on the commercial Oasis street.
53 km south of Igumenitz lies the thriving resort of the parga, which is the center of the charming coastline with a strip of rocky bays and islands.
The coastline around the city is several consecutive bays separated by capes and stretching to the very mouth of Aheron. V Cygoneri Bay Lies a tiny island with monastery and Napoleon fortifications. A short walkway leads from Krionery’s berth to castles Ayia (actually lies between Anthusa and the very village of Ayia) and Trikorfo (3-5 km from the Pargi). Tiny, but very beautiful beach Golfo It stretches a little south-east, and near the city dock there is almost a kilometer beach Valtos, from which the Lichnos can be released through olive groves, from which the hand to the deep bay of Ayos-Joanis.
And the south of the fanari and keriedz bays, which are the ancient mouths of Ahheron, punched in the rocky coastal terrace of this cult for the ancient Greeks by the river. According to Hellenistic mythology, Aheron (Aherondas) was one of the sleeves "River dead" Styx and poured into the swampy lake Aherucia. It was by his waters that the boat of Charon was slid, transfer the soul of the dead in Aid, so on the banks of the river since ancient pore Sanctuary Aheron, Described in Homerova "Odyssey". Now almost nothing resembles the gloomy glory of these places – "Lake Charon" It has long been dissolved among the swampy banks of numerous river sleeves of the fanarion valley, only Grove Persephone Around the ancient temple (ruins are open for visiting daily from 8.30 to 15.00, 2 euros) everything will also ride the foliage of their poplars and Yves, and the trickastron gorge between the town of the same name (TRIKASTRON) and Serisian (Seriziana) 22 km east of the Pargi is still called Pyles Adi ("Gate Aida").
The hilly coast between the mouth of Aheron and the presee is overwhelmed with small resort towns, very popular with the Greeks themselves. The very northern of them is the village Amudia, considered not only a beach holiday destination, but also a recognized environmental center – the swampy shores of the northern sleeves of Aheron literally sishe birds and fish, and although some of them have long been dying, lovers of nature there is something to see. On the other side of the river lies the village Velenidorahi, around which you can swim on the beaches Kerentza (Kerentza, ORMOS ODHYSSEA; 3.2 km from the village), Amon and Alonaki (Alonaki, 2.8 km).
Even south begins a whole series of new resort villages Paralia-Lucas (Paralia Loutsas), Paralia-Vijeka (Paralia Vrahou), Paralia-Liyas (Paralia Lygias) and Paralia Rizon (Paralia Rizon) – all are all named after villages lying slightly above the slope (Luza, Enemy, Liya and Riza, respectively).
And slightly deep into the mainland, 28 km south-east of Mesopotamon (Mesopotamo, Mesopotamon) and 3 km from the village of Kamarin (Kamarina), you can see the ruins of an ancient city Casope (Plot is open daily from 8.30 to 15.00; 3 euros) and famous Monastery Chalgo (Calonon). This is one of the cult places of Greek History – it was here that the inhabitants of the town of Kungi have fled from the troops of Ali-Pasha committed mass suicide, rushing from the rock. And also south, 7 km north of the preservation, the ruins of the ancient begin Nikopolis, Pledged by Octavian in honor of the victory of his fleet at Cape Achsium.
Approximately 50 km north-east of the preservation lies Art – One of the most pleasant provincial capitals of Greece. One of the oldest market centers of the region (during the antiquity is known as the Ambress, the capital of Pyrrhr), it is still famous for its bazaars. Here it is worth seeing the ruins of the temple of Apollo, Odeon, Ancient Acropolis and Citadel Frurio with an open theater, the huge Church of Panayia-Parigorithis (1283-1296., Open from Thursday to Sunday with 8.30 to 15.00; 2 euros), as well as the church of Ayia-Theodore and Ayios Vasilios (XIII in.). Among citrus groves surrounding Art, numerous monasteries and churches are hidden – Kato Panayia (1231-1271.), Panayia-Vlanernon (XII-XIII centuries.), Panaiia Brionis (1232 g.), Ayios Dimitros-Katsuris (XV in.), Ayos Nikolaos-Rodias (XIII in.) other. And in the Gulf of Amverkos South of the city there is a small reserve Rhodium WWW.Rodiawetlands.GR, within which you can not only get acquainted with the life of the largest freshwater system of Greece, but also make excursions to the boats in the medieval monastery of Panayyas-Romas.
On the other side of the Bay of Amrudicos, the direct highway displays to the popular yacht center and the resort Paleros, lying on the shore of the bay of the same name. South is sleepy, but a pleasant town Mitikas (Mytikas) whose old buildings literally framing a good pebble beach.
In front of Mikais lying Calamos Island, Ionian islands. In addition to the old castle and a pebble beach, there is almost nothing to look here, but the island itself is quite beautiful. South, already within the Delta of the Aheelos River (aspopotamos), lies Katokhi (Katohi), near the archaeologists found the ruins of the anida city of Enida (Trikardokro) – the main port of Western Greece in the ancient period.
Lying on the southern shore of Etolia city Mesalongion (Mesolongi, Missolongi) for most visitors is associated with the name of Bairon (in Greek pronunciation – the Virone, almost every city of the country has a street named this poet), which died here on April 19, 1824. Now this is a fairly inconspicuous city, known, perhaps, only with its rainy weather, two small villages and a memorial park of heroes. Approximately 4 km north-west of the city are the ruins of ancient PRAURONE (Pleuro) with its massive citadel and the theater, and approximately 10 km east of Malołongion you can see the excavation of another ancient city – Kalidon.
Prefecture Topspotia (TheSprotia) call "The country of good ports". The coast is rugged, with a lot of small coves and beaches, with steep descents to water. Capital of the region – Igumeenitis.
Macrigali (Makrygiali) and Dappen (Drepanon) – Two urban Beach (owners "Blue Flag") with snow-white sand 5 km from the center of Ighebyenits. On the territory – water sports, camping, bars, cafes, tennis courts, beach volleyball, basketball courts, on which competitions are held regularly. Shady eucalyptuses grow along the embankment. Not far – small ponds with sea water, in which blue and white cranes nest. Summer on the beach shows exhibitions photos and paintings. For children from 6 to 12 years old – individual water and sports games and environmental programs.
Mega-Ammo (Mega Ammos) – Sandy Beach near the town of Sivota (Sivota). Beach Length – 250 m. On the territory: water sports, hotels, rescue station. Beach is equipped for recreation disabled. Nearby are three small fishing villages, near each – charming sandy beach. To them very convenient to get on a boat or boat.
On the coastal road between the Parg and Sivota lies the largest traditional Greek village in Tespotia – Perdika. Around her there are many beaches. The biggest one is the sandy beach Karavostasi (Karavostasi). On the territory: restaurant, dining room, hotel (entrance to the beach at the hotel is limited). It is possible to sunbathe topless, put tents. Underwater cliffs in the southern beach are very picturesque, but for snorkeling here too strong surf.
Agia Paraskevi (Agia Paraskevi) – Idyllic pebble beach, great place for fishing and snorkeling. The beach is equipped with toilets, drinking water. Near the shore – a tiny picturesque island, which can be reached bypass.
Arylla (Arilla) – Little Sandy Beach in a semicircular bay. Ideal for children, since the depth increases gradually for 50 meters from the coast. On the territory there is a soul with fresh water. Next – the port from which you can go on a trip around the neighborhood.
Prefecture Preising (Preveza, the capital – the city of Preveza) is mainly a supplier of agricultural products: exports olives, wool, dairy products. The beaches of the preserves are mostly sandy, small, located in the cozy picturesque bays surrounded by wooded hills.
Monolithic (Monolithi) – Sandy beach, located near the preserver. Beach Length – 1 km. Shrubs, eucalyptus, cypresses and pines grow on the territory, immediately behind the beach begins pine forest. Lectures, seminars and environmental events are held. Rental cars, bicycles and other vehicles no. Topless lighting is not encouraged. On the territory – dining room, club, salvation service, camping is prohibited.
Kastrosikia (Kastrosikia) (Kastrosikia) – Long pebble-sandy beach 25 km from the preservation. Beach landscaping. On-site – Bars, Restaurants, Taverns, Hotels, Parking. Beautiful place for windsurfing. Topless lighting is not accepted, there is no camping.
Lutsa (Loutsa) – semi-kilometer sandy beach near the city Fanario (Fanariou). On the territory – water sports, hotels, apartments. Descent to the beach – on concrete and wooden stairs. Beach is equipped for recreation disabled.
Enemy (Vrahos) – Brown sand beach, located between the preclusive (40 km) and Pargoy. On the territory – water sports, bar, restaurant, souls, dining room, hotels, shops. Store owners installed free umbrellas for vacationers. Therefore, by choosing a place to accommodate, it is better to subsequently go shopping for the owner of these umbrellas. Topless lighting is prohibited. A good space for snorkeling is an interesting bottom and rocky capes on the northern and southern tip of the beach. The beaches rise hills covered with olive groves. In season, the beach is very crowded.