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At a stone's throw from Ioannina

At Perama, 4 km NW, a very frequented touristy village, famous for its silver craft workshops and its popular-art shops. The imposing cave of Perama was discovered in 1940. This cave is one of the largest in the country and contains rare types of stalactites and stalagmites. The Amfithea area has many popular taverns and entertainment clubs.

At Katsika, 6 km SE from the city of Ioannina, a settlement which contains model apiculture and dairy-farm facilities. Its taverns make it a popular destination. The nearby village of Dafnoula provides a wonderful view.

At Ligiades, 12.5 km NE, a village built on mount Mitsikeli, with a wonderful view of Ioannina and the lake. You can follow a wonderful trail down to the historical monastery of Dourahani, on the eastern banks of the lake.

At the villages of Ano and Kato Lapsista, 15.5 and 13 km NW respectively, built on the dried-out bed of the Lapsista lake, with a developed aviculture. Nearby are the ruins of ancient Passarona (ancient capital of the Molossians) and the temple of Marsian Zeus (Ariou Dios), from the 4th century B.C. Also, at the villages of Metamorfosi-Asfaka-Petsali, 19 km NW, in the Lapsista valley which was created from the exsiccation of the Lapsista morass. The villages are famous for their wine, tsipouro and honey.

At Dodoni, 21 km SW, a famous archaeological site near the village of Dodonoupoli (Mandres), on the foot of the Tomaros mountain. The famous oracle of ancient Dodoni, which was a centre of worship for Zeus, was built adjacent to one of the most ancient chthonic sanctums (the Earth was worshiped here since 2600 B.C.). The priestesses interpreted Zeus‘ oracles from the rustle of the sacred oak tree’s leaves and from the pigeons’ flight. 

The renowned ancient theatre of Dodoni is one of antiquity’s largest, with 55 rows of seats and a capacity of 18,000. The theatre was built in the 3rd century B.C. under Pyrrhus, king of the Molossians, who united the Epirus tribes and brought great prosperity to the region. The theatre was used for hosting cultural events which later stopped to avoid its deterioration. A prefabricated theatre has been set up at the archaeological site in order to host the summer events of “Dodonea”.

At Theriakisio, 24.5 km S, a village famous for its mountaineering and climbing activities, built on the edge of mount Tomaros.

 

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