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February 11, 2024

Epirus villages and towns

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From picturesque coastal villages to enchanting mountain towns, here are some must-visit destinations in Epirus:

Destinations, nestled in the scenic landscape of Epirus, that offer a mix of history and local vibes. From timeless villages to lively towns in Epirus, our exploration takes you through the heart of Ionian culture. Join us as we uncover the hidden villages and towns that are the gems of Epirus. Each village and town has its own story, adding to the magic of this enchanting region.

The Villages and Towns

Sivota Town

Sivota, a coastl town in Epirus

Sivota, nestled in Greece’s Thesprotia region along the Ionian Sea, is a historic seaside town boasting ancient roots and breathtaking surroundings. Ideal for those seeking a blend of Greek culture, history, and natural wonders. The town center features small supermarkets, souvenir shops, and boutiques, providing convenient access to essentials and local treasures. Sivota’s town center offers modern amenities and a quaint, character-rich atmosphere with restaurants, tavernas, cafes, and bars.


Parga, a renowned maritime town in Epirus, is not only a well-known holiday destination but also a picturesque haven. Nestled in a bay with the small island of Panagia beneath its Venetian castle, Parga offers a charming old town. It features distinguished architecture and cobblestone streets. Explore flower-filled neighborhoods, colorful mansions, and enjoy a captivating sunset view of the Ionian Sea from the Venetian walls. As night falls, take a romantic stroll along the waterfront, adorned with tourist shops, stylish restaurants, and cozy bars, all offering a view of the illuminated castle and Panagia islet.


Ioannina, the capital of Epirus, embraces the picturesque Lake Pamvotida, shaping the town’s natural environment and character. The lake, adorned with a small island, serves as a natural monument, influencing the area’s cultural traditions and intellectual life. Known for its strong literary heritage, Ioannina has been home to great novelists and poets, with various artistic and intellectual events held throughout the year. The city itself exudes a bygone charm with historic landmarks like the House Matei Hussein and the Ottoman mosque of Veli Pasha. The entire historic center offers a glimpse into the town’s rich history. Ioannina’s multicultural past, influenced by Christian, Islamic, and Jewish elements, is evident in its historic city center, with places like the Stoa Louli arcade showcasing the harmonious coexistence of these cultural influences.


Metsovo, a vibrant mountain town in Epirus, captivates visitors with its rich history, enduring traditions, and picturesque setting. Nestled below Katara Col in the Pindos Mountain Range, this tree-shaded village maintains its traditional charm and offers a year-round haven for nature enthusiasts. The town, enveloped in a serene atmosphere accompanied by the soothing sound of flowing water, transforms into a winter wonderland, resembling a picturesque painting when draped in snow. Particularly renowned as a beloved winter holiday destination in Epirus, Metsovo is the birthplace of national benefactors like Tositsas, Stournaras, and Averof. The town comes alive with activity. It invites travelers to immerse themselves in its cultural treasures.


Arta Bridge

Arta sits atop the Peranthi hill and borders the Arahthos river. Its iconic bridge and rich historical significance have earned it renown. Once the capital of the kingdom under Pyrrhus and later the Principality of Epirus, Arta has evolved into a bustling modern city, serving as the capital, transportation hub, and commercial center of the prefecture. The city boasts archaeological sites, vibrant pedestrian zones, and contemporary shopping centers, creating a lively atmosphere with cafes and bars. The broader prefecture of Arta features diverse landscapes, including imposing mountains, fertile plains, and picturesque lagoons with vital ecosystems. Nestled between the Tzoumerka mountain range and the Amvrakikos gulf, it stands as one of Greece’s most beautiful regions, seamlessly blending the rugged beauty of mountains with the gentle shores of the Amvrakikos gulf and the fertile valleys of the Arahthos river.


Preveza promenade

Preveza, situated at the mouth of Amvrakikos Gulf in Western Greece, is a destination of natural beauty, historical richness, and diverse holiday options. Explore the old town’s charming traditional buildings, wander along the seaside pedestrian street for an island-like ambiance, and savor local cuisine in picturesque tavernas tucked away on narrow, stone-paved streets. Serving as the capital of Preveza Regional Unit, the town is a hub for administrative, commercial, cultural, and tourist services. With its roots tracing back to ancient Vereniki town, founded by Pyrrhus in 290 BC, and its establishment in the 11th century, Preveza encapsulates a history marked by conquests until it became part of Greece in 1912.

Zagori aka Zagorochoria

Mikro papago in Zagori

Discover the enchanting Zagorochoria National Park, nestled amidst the stunning Tymfi mountain range in the heart of Epirus. Home to 46 traditional villages in the Zagori region, this picturesque cluster, surrounded by pine and fir trees, offers a magical setting for exploration throughout the year. With its rich ecosystem, Zagori provides an exquisite backdrop for various outdoor activities. It also showcases unique local architecture crafted from stone, wood, and slate rock. Divided into three areas—Western, Central, and Eastern Zagori—each with its own distinct charm,. This destination boasts impressive stone mansions and natural forested surroundings that create an unparalleled experience not to be missed.

Let’s discover the villages of Zagori, one by one!


Explore the rugged peaks of Mount Pindos in the heart of Greece. This is where the Tzoumerka Villages, totaling 47, create a captivating landscape along the Athamanian Mountains. Serving as the natural boundary between Epirus and Thessaly, the Tzoumerka impress with their wild beauty, abundant waters, and charming stone-built villages. The region is nestled between the Arachthos and Acheloos rivers. It unveils authentic natural wonders such as stone bridges, hidden monasteries, artificial lakes, caves, and imposing canyons. Rafting on the Kalarritiko and Arachthos rivers offers thrilling adventures, while the villages, including Vourgareli, Agnanta, and Syrrako, present awe-inspiring scenery. Tzoumerka, a haven for nature lovers and adventure seekers, provides diverse accommodation options, including guesthouses, hotels, and wooden chalets, ensuring an unforgettable journey on unbeaten paths.


Aerial photo of Igoumenitsa

Igoumenitsa is a port city in northwestern Greece known for its large passenger port. It offers connections to the Ionian Islands, Italy, Albania, and other parts of the Mediterranean. Having said that it is usually rarely visited for more than a few hours. Yet, as all Greek towns and cities, Igoumenitsa has links to Greek Mythology. Legend has it that the renowned Odysseus frequented Igoumenitsa during his legendary adventures. Originally known as “Grava” during medieval and Ottoman periods, the name means “cave” in Greek. In 1938, Igoumenitsa became the capital of Thesprotia prefecture and was renamed to its current name, meaning “Commander” in Greek. Apart from the numerous taverns along the promenade, Igoumenitsa boasts an impressive Archaeological Museum worth visiting.

The villages and towns of Epirus offer captivating experiences, whether by the coast, in the mountains, or at historical sites. These experiences leave visitors enchanted and inspired.