A unique trip to the roads of tradition
WHAT TO DO IN IOANNINA
USEFUL INFORMATION FOR THE CITY
The center and the neighborhoods
The vibrant city center bites every day thousands of locals, students and tourists creating a lively atmosphere. This everyday energy of the world is channeled into the paved and pedestrian shopping area in the heart of the city, where dozens of shops and cafes serve every visitor.
A walk in the shops of the city will delight your interest in shopping as you can find from branded products and clothes to local traditional silverware as well as extravagant desserts. The Yanniths are famous for the art of silver making, so on many streets and narrow streets there are old and new shops and workshops that present each one’s own technique and its own jewelery and silverware.
The particular natural environment of the city, which is mainly based on the beautiful Lake Pamvotis with its islet, is the biggest tourist attraction, since the walk around the castle in the lakeside area creates a nostalgic atmosphere for the visitor. The castle of Ioannina itself constitutes a tourist “jewel”, since it is still inhabited to its fullest extent by permanent inhabitants, while the exceptional archaeological sites and museums are not missing.
The nightlife of the city of Ioannina is known all over Greece. A middle, provincial city that managed to keep alive the fun at all times of the day, every day. The bars of Independence, the cafes-bars-Tsipouradika of Kallari, the taverns of Garali- dad, the cafes in the Molos lakes create an unstoppable appetite for an outlet that is constantly supported by the local community and the tourists.
There is also the very good food, with barbecues and restaurants that are famous for their high quality meals and the warm and welcoming service. For those of you, the fun includes a night out until the morning, the countless creperies and gymnastics will be unforgettable.
WHAT TO SEE IN IOANNINA
THE MUST FOR EVERY VISITOR
It hosts three collections representative of the inhabitants of the castle during its long history: Christian, Jewish, Muslim
Opening hours: daily from 08:00 to 15:00
The Byzantine Museum is built on the ruins of the central building of Ali-Pasha’s serai, which was completely destroyed in 1870 by a fire. In its place was built the Military Hospital, which was demolished to build in 1958 the Royal Pavilion where today the Byzantine Museum is housed. At the acropolis dominates Fetichie Jam and in front of it the imposing grave of Ali Pasha.
Opening hours: 08:00 – 20:00 daily except Mondays
It is a thematic museum, as it concerns the technology of silversmithing during the pre-industrial period, while simultaneously being a regional museum, as it focuses principally on the history of silversmithing in the region of Epirus. Temporally, the exhibition refers essentially to the post-Byzantine period, from the 15th century onwards, but without excluding references to the more distant past, given that the technology used to produce silverware often dates back to much older periods of time.
Opening hours: 1st March – 15th October: 10:00 – 18:00, 16th October – 28th February: 10:00 – 17:00. Closed on: Tuesdays, January 1st, January 17th (local patronal feast), Good Friday (until 12:00 noon), (Greek Orthodox) Easter Sunday, May 1st, August 15th, December 25th & 26th
The collections of the Archaeological Museum of Ioannina are developed in seven rooms, the main corridor and three atriums, with a total area of 1,200 m2. The exhibits cover a long period of time since the first appearance of man in Epirus, during the Lower Palaeolithic era 250,000 years ago, until the late antiquity in the late Roman times (3rd century AD). Particular emphasis is placed on the findings from the temple of Dodoni, which are exhibited in a hall devoted exclusively to one of the most important divinities of the Greek world. The new permanent exhibition preserves the old-fashioned dimension of the old one, as inspired by AMI’s first Director, Ioulia Bokotopoulou. It includes about 3,000 archaeological finds from all over Epirus. Its structure is based on three axes: one chronological, one geographic and one thematic. These axes intersect with the museological flow, attempting to highlight the particular physiognomy and course of the area during antiquity.
The Museum of Greek History Pavlos Vrellis, also known as the Wax Museum, is located in Ioannina, in Epirus. It was founded on the initiative of Paul Vrellis in February 1983 and opened its doors in 1995. It is the most famous museum of its kind in Greece.
Opening hours: all days of the year 10:00 – 16:00
The island of Lake Pamvotis is the most characteristic attraction of the city. Maintaining the traditional island architecture, all houses, alleys and the surrounding area travel the visitor several years before, in a quiet and welcoming place. Local dishes, folk art and boat rides, flavors and pictures that will accompany you a lifetime. It is worth visiting the Ali Pashas House-Museum, where he lived during his stay in Ioannina and where he was murdered, the holes from the bullets are still intact on the outdoor terrace of the house.
DESTINATIONS OUTSIDE THE CITY
The wider region of Ioannina is ideal for any type of tourism, compensating every visitor with unique experiences. The famous Zagorohoria, with more than 40 villages, are located in the Vikos Aoos National Park, an impressive and wild natural landscape that attracts tourists from all over the world for touring, climbing, trekking, rafting and many other activities. On the East, the proudly Tzoumerka offer a more gentle form of tourism, amidst lush landscapes with unique villages that have for hundreds of years kept the architectural and musical tradition unchanged.
The famous Metsovo, with its traditional woven and meat skewers, attracts thousands of tourists from all over Greece and the world at any time of the year, especially during the winter season where the ski resorts of Metsovo and Anilio also operate. In summer every village of Ioannina organizes traditional folk music festivals that attract the interest of visitors from other regions.