On the shores of the lake Pamvotida and 445 kilometres from Athens, is the town of Ioannina with its 90 000 inhabitants located. Ioannina has the charm of an old city but is also a modern and vibrant city. Here in Ioannina is one of the Greek universities located.
Ioannina is wonderful, the scenery is beautiful here. Around the lake there are many terraces with taverns, cafes and bars, and for those who love walking, a walk around the lake is a brilliant experience. From the Litharitsa Park there is a splendid view of the lake and in the summer months many festivals are organized here.
The history of Ioannina is closely related to the Turks. In some neighbourhoods of Ioannina you imagine yourselve in Turkey, especially when viewing the local markets.
In the middle of Ioannina lake, is the island of Ali Pascha, with its monasteries. The story of "Kyra Frosini" is legendary, it dates from the year 1801 . Kyra Frosini was a woman who was murdered because she didn’t want to go in bed with Ali Pasha, the Turkish governor at that time.
Ioannina is a traditional town. A lot of buildings from centuries ago are well preserved and worth to visit. Near Ioannina is the museum Vrelli located where the history of Greece revived in the form of wax figures. The caves of Perama, are the largest and oldest caves with impressive stalactites and stalagmites which you must visit if you are in Ioannina. Ioannina which lies 350 km from Thessaloniki, has its own airport.