Ioannina prefecture is a mountainous area in the NW end of Greece. Its natural wealth and cultural heritage have not been spoiled by thoughtless human intervention.
The prefecture is ideal for the nature lovers. Imposing mountains, deep gorges created by impetuous rivers with crystal clear waters, rare wild flowers, alpine fields, mountain lakes, forestall slopes and quiet valleys compose a beautiful natural environment and an ideal biotope for rare mammals, birds and aquatic animal species.
Thanks to this environmental diversity, the area is ideal for people who search adventure and offers facilities for all kind of sports. At the same time it is a place that offers tranquility and relaxation away from the stress of the city, ideal for people who seek peace and quietness.
The area is rich in items significative of its bright history. A history that revives in its religious and archeological monuments, museums, traditional settlements, watermills and bridges and is live in its customs, traditional music, feasts and the lifestyle of its inhabitants. Here, the sacred place of Dodoni and cities of Molossoi flourished at the antiquity. The monasteries and churches, places of worship and spiritual uplift which are full of frescos are scattered all over the prefecture, as witnesses of its development during the Byzantine times and Ottoman occupation.
From ancient times this area connects history with legend, cultural creation with civilization and arts with folk tradition. Humanist scholars taught in area schools and created a sublime tradition in education and arts, which continues its development in our days in new, modern conditions. The whole prefecture is famous for its cultural tradition. Silversmiths and goldsmiths, wood sculptors, folk painters, stone craftsmen, weavers and many others even today create amazing works continuing the long lasting tradition.
The gastronomic tradition of the prefecture is also rich and is based on the usage of biological products. Meat cooked in a special way, tasteful pies, homemade bread, famous cheese and wines compose the traditional menu.
Ioannina prefecture is ideal for unforgettable vacations all year long and invites people of all ages to meet its amazing beauty and people’s warm welcome.