Epirus lies in the north-west of Greece, in the mountains of pind. According to ancient tales, apollo and his muses visited this area and were charmed by its captivating scenery and crisp mountain air. No wonder then, that epirus became a destination for creative types in past times. Nowadays, tourists come to epirus for both the beautiful sights and the delicious cuisine.
Traditional dishes include savoury pies with meat and vegetables, fish baked in foil, and a selection of cheeses. The ingredients are of the highest quality, featuring fresh eel and mullet, natural butter, and top-grade feta. Furthermore, due to the turkish influence in the area, one can find an array of sweet treats in ioannina. To go with the food, enjoy some of the local greek wine.
Ioannina is the capital of the region of epirus and the largest city in the area. It is known for its rich history and past, which includes centuries of rule by the ottoman sultanate. This time has left a special mark on the city, which is noticeable in its ancient monuments.
The old city is located at the picturesque lake, and it is washed by the island of nishi. Travelers can take a boat or ferry to the island to explore the nearby orthodox monasteries, as well as the ali pasha museum. The legendary ruler was popular in europe at the beginning of the 19th century, and alexandre dumas` character gaydet was said to have been saved by ali pasha’s daughter in the count of monte cristo novel. This may be a work of fiction, but it just shows how renowned ali pasha was at the time.
Kastoria, a city located in Greek Macedonia, is renowned for its beauty. Its shores are lapped by lake Orestiada, while the city is renowned for its furrier business traditions. But kastoria is not only known for its fur products: its ancient byzantine churches, huge plane trees and red tiled roofs offer a feast for the eyes and a breath of fresh air.
The higher the altitude, the better the appetite! Enjoy the local cuisine featuring a wealth of vegetables and meat, try some fresco, and finish with a cup of greek coffee. Lose yourself for a time in the amazing beauty of its natural landscapes and monuments of different eras which are sure to inspire you to take photos and videos.
Spread among the pindus mountain range in the vikos-aoos national reserve are over 40 unique villages. The canyon has made it into the guinness book of records as the deepest. The local rock is a gray slate which locals use to construct dwellings, churches, bridges, and roads.
Many of the settlements are abandoned and the bridges lead to nowhere. The gray stone and emptiness only amplifies the mysterious atmosphere of the area, especially during foggy days in the highlands.
Take your time to explore the uniqueness of Greece in the northwest. It will be like a storybook journey back in time. Here, it is as if time has stood still. Revel in the incredible ambience of peace, calm, and natural beauty with a two-day tour that we offer, crafted in the finest Greek hospitality traditions.
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