Ioannina

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City in Epirus

Attractions, Sights & Things to Do in Ioannina

The Clock Tower of Ioannina among the trees of Dimokratias Square.
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The Clock Tower of Ioannina

« Roloi »

A city trademark and a meeting point for the inhabitants stands for its distinctive architecture.

Crowd and dancing people around a fire during the Carnival custom of Tzamales in Ioannina.
photo: Jkravv / CC BY-SA 4.0
↓ S   < 1km

Ioannina Carnival Festival

« Tzamales »

Distinctive local Carnival custom where numerous street parties are organized around big fires.

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The main entrance of the Zosimaia Library in Ioannina among the green trees of the front yard.
↖ NW   < 1km

Zosimaia Library

One of the largest Greek libraries, that is available to Ioannina inhabitants, but also to the broader population in a digital form.

The main entrance and the front yard of the Archaeological Museum of Ioannina.
↗ NE   < 1km

Archaeological Museum of Ioannina

Covering a long period of the local historical evolution with findings that date from the Stone Age until almost the end of the Roman era.

The bastion of the Castle of Ioannina with a Greek flag on the top.
↗ NE   < 1km

Castle of Ioannina

Old Byzantine fortification of the city, that reconstructed to a great extent under the era of the ruler Ali Pasha in the late Ottoman period.

A picture showing the lakeshore promenade, the lake itself and the surrounding mountains of Ioannina Lake.
↗ NE   < 1km

Lake of Ioannina

« Pamvotida »

An absolute trademark that composes the distinctive landscape of this beautiful city of Epirus.

The Holy Ark inside the Ancient Synagogue «Kahal Kadosh Yashan» of Ioannina.
photo: רדיומן
↗ NE   < 1km

The Ancient Synagogue «Kahal Kadosh Yashan»

Unique tourist attraction and a holy place of the Romanyotis Jewish community of Ioannina.

A picture of the exterior of the stone-built building that houses the Silversmithing Museum of Ioannina.
↗ NE   ≈ 1.1km

Silversmithing Museum of Ioannina

Situated inside the city castle, it includes a series of artifacts describing the history and tradition of silversmithing in the Epirus region.

The front side and the yard of the Byzantine Museum of Ioannina.
↗ NE   ≈ 1.2km

Byzantine Museum of Ioannina

Located on the acropolis of the city, next to the Fetiche Mosque it includes Early Christian as well as Byzantine exhibits and icons.

Overview of the Fetiche Mosque of Ioannina with the lake of the city and the mountains in the background.
↗ NE   ≈ 1.3km

Fetiche Mosque of Ioannina

« Fetihie Tzami »

Dominating the acropolis and having a great view, it is the grave place of Ali Pasha and his family.

Ioannina Ethnographic Museum (Aslan Pasha Mosque)

Housed in a monument from the Ottoman era, highlights the multicultural past of the city.

A room with plenty of exhibits and paintings from the Ali Pasha Museum.
↗ NE   ≈ 3.3km

Ali Pasha Museum, Ioannina Island

The building where Ali Pasha was killed, hosts today, items that describe his life, and exhibits related to the Greek struggle of Independence.

The visitors' path among countless stalactites and stalagmites of the Perama Cave of Ioannina.
↑ N   ≈ 4.8km

Perama Cave, Ioannina

Within a very short distance of the city, it is the first cave in Greece that opened officially to guests and became a major attraction.

The Ioannina National Airport "King Pyrrhus" as it seems by the road.
↖ NW   ≈ 5.8km

Ioannina National Airport

« King Pyrrhus »

With the name of a Greek king of antiquity, connects the city with Athens the whole year round, while it attracts seasonal international flights.

A picture of the building that hosts the Wax Museum of Greek History (by Paul Vrellis) of Ioannina.
↓ S   ≈ 16.8km

Wax Museum of Greek History (by Paul Vrellis)

Concentrated in Greek history, it includes the artifacts of its founder, creator and artist.

A picture of the Papingo mountain range taken from the homonymous village.
photo: Dimitris Karagiorgos
↑ N   ≈ 19.9km

Zagori

The mountainous region of two National Parks stands for its pristine nature and the distinctive architecture of its 46 preserved villages.

Panoramic view of the ancient theater of Dodoni with the green valley and the surrounding mountains in the background.
photo: Vasilis / CC BY 2.0
↙ SW   ≈ 20.4km

Archaeological Site of Dodoni

Located in a closed remote valley it is the oldest and the second (after Delphi) in fame and influence oracle in the ancient Greek world.

Ski learning facilities at Profitis Ilias Ski Center in Metsovo.
↗ NE   ≈ 40.8km

Metsovo Ski Center

« Profitis Ilias »

Family friendly ski resort with artificial snow, easy slopes, a café, and equipment renting opportunities.

A picture showing a part of the village of Metsovo built amphitheatrically on the mountain slope.
↗ NE   ≈ 42.3km

Metsovo

Combining local products, exclusive facilities, & preserving the tradition, it's classified as a flagship of the Greek alternative tourism.

An overview of one of the Flega Lakes in Pindos National Park (Valia Kalda).
↗ NE   ≈ 45.8km

Flega Lakes, Pindos National Park

Legendary mountainous lakes on the subalpine highlands of "Valia Kalda", that can be reached through 3 different hiking trails.

Snowy tree in the foggy and snowy landscape of the Anilio Ski Center.
→ E   ≈ 46.9km

Anilio Ski Center

One out of the three ski areas of Metsovo that includes five lifts and slopes for new-starters as well as for experienced skiers.

Questions & Answers about Ioannina

Why Visit Ioannina?
  • Aristotle argues that Hellenes (Greeks) were originating from the broader region.
  • Capital of Epirus, as well as regional commercial, financial, and cultural center.
  • Its lake is the symbol and almost synonymous to the city.
What is Ioannina, Greece?

The city of Ioannina is the largest city in the geographical region of Epirus and the capital of the prefecture. With a population of over 70,000 residents, it's considered one of the most important commercial, financial, and cultural centers of the region. Today the city hosts a very successful university, two hospitals, a water-sports center, while the constant growth of the tourism industry is accompanied by a significant improvement in infrastructure and facilities. The visitor can reach the city of Ioannina, either via the city airport or by using the new Egnatia highway. The distance from Athens is 438 km ( 272 miles) and from Thessaloniki 370 km ( 230 miles).

When was Ioannina founded?

Ioannina was founded in the 6th century AD by the Emperor Justinian on the shore of the lake which name derived from the Monastery of St. John the Baptist located in the castle until 510 AD. During the following centuries it was attracted by numerous enemies and was occupied by Russians, Slavs and Normans.

How was Ioannina during the Ottoman occupation?

In 1439 the city fell into Ottoman rule. Initially, the Turks with Sinan Pasha gave enough rights to the local inhabitants, but after some uprisings hardened their stance but without affecting its substantial economic development. Greek merchants were developing relationships with important commercial centers of Europe (Venice, Livorno etc). This was rising their economic wealth and consequently, they were contributing financially to the Greek society with some of them to be known as national benefactors. Their contribution to literature and the arts is undeniable and related to an important spiritual and educational activity in the city.