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The City of Ioannina

The city of Ioannina, with a population of approximately 100,000 is the capital of the region of Epirus and spreads around the shores of lake Pamvotis. It is located 450 km northwest of Athens, 350 km southwest of Thessaloniki and 100 km east of the port of Igoumenitsa in the Ionian Sea.
In a few hours driving distance, the visitor can enjoy both the beauty of the mountainous nature of Epirus as well as the magnificent seashores of the Ionian Sea.
The city of Ioannina was first mentioned in 527 AD by the historian Prokopios who wrote about the founding of the city, the new Evroia. However it was not until 879 AD that the name Ioannina was used for the first time in the Acts of Constantinople. The city flourished in time, becoming an important financial and cultural centre. During the Byzantine times it was referred to as the "Metropolis of knowledge".

Today, the city of Ioannina is a fast developing urban centre based on commerce, high quality services and culture. The city of Ioannina has also gained a reputation for its famous silver and jewelry craftsmanship.
The visitor may admire the castle, the lake with its picturesque island, the Byzantine Museum, the Cave at Perama, the Wax Museum of Vrellis, and the ancient theatre of Dodoni, which is dated from the 3rd century BC and where performances of ancient Greek tragedy take place every summer.


Traveling to Ioannina

Ioannina is connected by bus to Athens (7 hrs), Thessaloniki (6 hrs), Igoumenitsa (1.5 hrs) and other main centres of Greece. A ferryboat connection to Italy and Corfu from the port of Igoumenitsa, is also available. The city has a modern airport, at a distance of 4 km from the city centre and 10 km from the University Campus, with daily flights to Athens (50 min) and five flights per week to Thessaloniki (40 min). There is also one international flight per week to Tirana, Albania (1 hr).


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