The Ioannina district
The district of Ioannina is a breathtakingly beautiful mountainous region on the northwest extremes of Greece where the physical environment and the rich cultural inheritance have remained unaffected by the rapid and often irrational development of the modern age. For lovers of nature the region is a paradise: awe-inspiring mountain ranges with deep ravines carved out by gushing crystal clear streams, rare wild flowers, mountain lakes and wooded hillsides with hidden meadows reminiscent of the Alps combine to create a perfect natural environment that provides an ideal habitat for rare species of animals, birds and aquatic mammals. Together with the delight of its varied natural beauty, the region offers endless opportunities for all kinds of sport to those who seek adventure. At the same time however the area abounds with silent and relaxing havens for those wishing to leave the stresses and pressures of the modern world far behind them. The region is rich with religious and archaeological monuments, which bear physical witness to its bright and fascinating history. The past is also reflected everywhere in the traditional homes, watermills and bridges found all over the region and in the ancient customs and traditional music with which the inhabitants continue to celebrate their way of life.
Built at the edges of Lake Pamvotis, Ioannina is a beautiful traditional town that combines in a unique way the historical memories with the reality of a contemporary town. It is the town of legend, tradition and silver makers. In the green waters of the Lake, the legendary tales of Ali- Pasha and Kira-Frosini take life, while in the traditional alleyways of the Castle the memories of Byzantine past and yesterday’s history are dominant.