Arta

City in Epirus

A window to Byzantine Greece, this quiet town has churches dating back to the 12th century, stone arch bridges, and calming walks by the river.

Arta Attractions

Bridge of Arta

According to a traditional poem, the master mason had to burry his wife alive into the bridge in order to complete its construction.

The monument of Zalongo on the top of the cliff where the women of Souli committed suicide.
photo: Andreas Papageorgiou / Pappasandreas
hidden gem
distant ≈ 36.1km

Monument «Dance of Zalongo»

When the Ottomans were approaching to recapture their town, the women of Souli danced their way to the cliff to die free. It's many stairs till the monument.

A picture showing the yard and the Byzantine Church of Saint Theodora in Arta.
hidden gem

Byzantine Church of Saint Theodora

The church was restored into its current form by Theodora of Arta in the 13th century, the town's patroness. Here you will find her reliquary.

A bastion and one of the gates at the fortification of the ancient city of Nikopolis.
distant ≈ 38.2km

Archaeological Site of Nikopolis

Emperor Augustus founded Nikopolis to commemorate his victory over Antonius and Cleopatra at Actium. Don't miss the biggest archeological site in Greece.

Byzantine Church of Panagia Parigoritissa

Masterpiece of Byzantine architecture and art, ceramics and marble work, and a dome that looks as suspended in the air. Do not miss it.

Arta Riverside Lake Park

Located by the artificial lake, next to the Arachthos river, it is an ideal place for a walk in a natural environment close to the city.

Arta Castle & Clock Tower

Dating from the 17th century, the oldest Clock Tower of Epirus stands in front of a 13th-century Byzantine fort.

Arta Museums

Archaeological Museum of Arta

A new museum displaying historical items and findings from Arta's wider area, some of which 3000 years old. Excellent guides.

Archaeological Museum of Nikopolis

A modern and large exhibition inaugurated in 2011, that hosts findings unearthed during the excavations at the ancient Roman city.

Folklore Museum «Skoufas»

Exhibiting the region's customs and traditions, it is housed in a 1864 building which used to be a guard post on the Greek-Ottoman border.

Arta Day Trips

Preveza

Surrounded by the Ambracian Gulf to its east and the Ionian Sea to its west, this calm port-town has gorgeous sunsets, promenades, and walks.

Questions & Answers about Arta

Why Visit Arta?
  • A well-known folk song narrates the legend, linked with the old bridge of the city.
  • Numerous important monuments related to its rich Byzantine past.
  • Famous for the orange production of the nearby vast orchard.
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