The isle of Ioannina (350 stremmata/3.5 he), located in the NE part of Pamvotis Lake. Once a renowned monastic center, it is still today the home of seven historical monasteries (Philantropinoi, Dilios, Eleousa, Metamorfosis, Profitis Elias, Prodromos, and Aghios Panteleymon).
Its unique housing settlement (population: approx. 300) is an architectural gem, with picturesque cobblestone alleys and small shops selling local folklore arts and crafts. Visitors may find here the Ali Pasha Museum of Prelevolutionary Times housed within the Aghios Pandeleymon Monastery where Ali Pasha’s murder took place in 1822 and where some of Ali Pasha’s personal belongings and period pieces are also on display.
When you are in the city of Ioánnina enjoy a long afternoon promenade around the Lake Pamvótis. It is worth following the 2.5-km route that goes perimetrically around the isle.
Small boats leave at regular intervals from the Ioannina “Molos” area for the isle (last boat run: 24:00 hrs in summer, 22:00 hrs in winter).