Top 5 things to do in Ioannina

Posted By : leventisd/ 534 0

Ioannina is a beautiful town, the largest in the region of Epirus, which satisfies even the most demanding visitors. It is a lively and modern town with many green areas that also hosts a bustling university. Here are the top 5 things to do in Ioannina.

Ioannina is a beautiful town, the largest in the region of Epirus, which satisfies even the most demanding visitors. It is a lively and modern town with many green areas that also hosts a bustling university. The slab-paved streets and old picturesque buildings of great architectural importance attract a large number of tourists throughout the year.

These are 5 of the things you shouldn’t miss out on your trip in Ioannina.


1) Have a tour in the Castle

The castle of Ioannina is a major town landmark. It is definitely worthwhile to take a stroll around in the slab-paved picturesque alleys. Pay a visit to the Municipal Museum which is located at the Ioannina Castle from which the view is unique, as well as the Byzantine museum within the southeastern citadel. After your tour, the ideal spot to enjoy your coffee is in the historic Its Kale (meaning “inner fortress”) which offers a magnificent view of Ioannina.


2) Explore the island of Mrs Frosini

If you want to visit the famous island, you will have to take one of the traditional boats tied to the pier of the lake. Daily round trips take place every half hour in the summer and hourly during the winter. Once you arrive, take a stroll around the perimeter of Lake Pamvotis Island (about half an hour). Taste the local specialities, such us  frog legs and eel. Before you leave, buy local products from the women’s co-operative (such as spoon sweets, liqueurs, klostari -a kind of baklava, etc.).


3) Go to the town’s tsipouradika

After touring the historic sights, it is time for some evening fun. The drink that brings young people together and warms them up on the frozen and rainy winter evenings in Ioannina is tsipouro (a Greek kind of pomace brandy). So, make sure you spend a night or two in one of the dozens of tsipouradikathat are full every night. Drinks are always accompanied by free mezedes (titbits).


4) Winter and summer excursions

One of the biggest advantages of the town is that it is the basis for both winter and summer excursions. ZagorochoriaTzoumerkaMetsovo and Dodoni are located in the same region, at a short distance from Ioannina. During the summer months, tourists tend to prefer the beautiful Ionian Islands, as well as Parga and Syvota, two seaside towns which are now on the rise as tourist destination, at a handy distance from Ioannina.


5) Taste and buy local cheeses

Epirus is renowned for the variety and unique quality of its dairy and cheese products. Taste the famous traditional metsovone – a local smoked cheese- and of course the Dodoni feta. Once you’ve tried them, you’ll want to stock up with these goodies on your way home.


Click here: To see the original article


10 things to do in Portaria, Makrinitsa and nearby villages

Posted By : leventisd/ 830 0

Pelion, a destination for all seasons. If you wondered what I will see, where I will stay, what I will eat. Well we’ve put together a quick guide to suggest a few choices if you are thinking of visiting Portaria, Makrinitsa and the surrounding villages. Here are our ‘Top 10 things To Do’ in these magical villages.

Pelion, a destination for all seasons. Portaria and Makrinitsa, two villages with hotels, hostels, restored mansions, taverns with delicious food, cobbled paths in the nature of Pelion that are a breath away from Volos since their distance is very small. Pelion and the villages of western Pelion such as PortariaMakrinitsa, Anakassia, Chania etc. are there to welcome you all year round. So if you wondered what I will see, where I will stay, what I will eat we suggest a few choices if you are thinking of visiting Portaria, Makrinitsa and the surrounding villages.


1) Makrinitsa

Is one of the most popular destinations in Pelion. A stop in the village square is required to enjoy the view to Volos, but also to enjoy your coffee or your food under the age-old platinum of the square. On the central square you will also see the marble fountain with ” Immortal Water ”, four bronze litho heads that render water with many stone reliefs.


2) Kritsa

A name associated with Portaria. It is located in the central square of Portaria with its shady plane trees and offers for years, authentic traditional food with a variety of cooked meals, grilled meats, pies with traditional leaf, pasta etc. Still, Greek cooking classes are organized in small groups of tourists. The Kritsa Hotel also boasts beautifully decorated and carefully decorated rooms.


3) Aeriko

Abeautiful café located at the road between Portaria and Makrinitsa. At the weekends, many observers choose Aeriko since the view to Volos and Pagasitikos gulf is magical.


4) Skiing

One of the most popular activities in Pelion is skiing. In winter, if you find yourself in the villages of western Pelion, there is a great opportunity to ski in the ski center that has lots of slopes, chalets, equipment hire and hotel to stay at its base! The Agriolefkes Ski Center is located just 2 km from Hania Pelion, which is a settlement with hotels and taverns. In winter, many choose Hania for their stay as they are near the ski center and the villages of eastern Pelion and the villages of western Pelion


5) The Museum of Folk Art and History

Housed in the Topali mansion and is located in Makrinitsa. Topalis Mansion is a three-storey mansion and is just below the main square of Makrinitsa. Inside, you will find over 1500 exhibits such as local costumes, household utensils, jewelery, tools, photos and more.


6) Hiking

Trails to and from Portaria and Makrinitsa. Cobbled paths that are crossed by many visitors from Greece and abroad since Pelion is known for its huge network of trails. Apart from the tour you can take to the cobbled streets in Portaria and Makrinitsa you will find other routes like Ag. Onoufrios – Makrinitsa, Drakia-Hania, Hania – Portaria, Portaria – Drakia, Makrinitsa-Pouri (16km), Makrinitsa – Koukourava – Ano Volos, Hania – Kissos, Hania – Aghios Ioannis etc


7) The museum of Theophilos

The museum hosts at the Kontou’s residence, one of the most important monuments in Pelion. The painting decoration inside the house was begun by the painter Theophilos Hatzimichael in 1912 and is divided into two zones. In the first zone he painted various decorative themes, such as a wide variety of pots of flowers and birds, fountains, wildlife and hunting scenes, and in the second zone there are 14 large paintings with themes taken by the Greek Revolution.


8) Visit the natural waterfall of Karavos

Karavos is a small natural waterfall, where the visitor has the opportunity to see Portaria from above and spend some hours of relaxation in the cafeteria that is there. From Portaria and towards the road to Makrinitsa it is definitely worth a stop any time you pass from Chiosoula square Zioga, a characteristic square for the water that falls from a small altitude and many visitors stop for the necessary photos. Last but not least, a visit to the Manas Pine is a landscaped area with a square between running waters and plane trees.


9) Taverns & restaurants

Taste delicious local traditional recipes. In Portaria and Makrinitsa you will find taverns and restaurants and you will have to choose among many that offer beautiful food corner. One of the recipes that you should try because Pelion is famous for this is Spetzofai. Try it in some of the taverns and then you can do it and your home, the materials they need are: sausages (which have more goat and less sheepmeat), peppers, potatoes, eggplant, tomato sauce, salt and hot pepper.


10) Drakia

Visit Drakia if you want to see a village away from the tourist development of the other villages. At Drakia Square you can taste delicious food under the dew of platan, with only the noise of the wind blowing the branches of the plane tree. In Drakeia you will also find traditional houses, fountains, picturesque paved paths with running water and lush vegetation, the Folklore Museum of Agrarian and Cultural Heritage and the Triantafyllou mansion, which has 18th century wall paintings.