This idyllic city of Epirus is home to a port that welcomes travellers from all over Europe. A maritime transportation hub on the route that connects Italy to Greece, the port of Igoumenitsa is the key point of entrance for anyone travelling to Western, Central and Northern Greece and one of upcoming tourist destinations in the Mediterranean.
Built around a beautiful bay on the north-western coast of Epirus - the magical coastline of Epirus' Riviera - and surrounded by evergreen mountains, the administrative and trading capital of the District of Thesprotia is one of the most enchanting seaside towns of Greece. A city with a fresh sea-breeze, a long history and beautiful people. Welcoming, generous and kind, the locals honour their ancient traditions and love outdoor activities as well as nightlife.
Although the city was officially established at the beginning of the twentieth century, the history of Igoumenitsa dates back to Homer's era and the civilization of ancient people of Thesprotia. The port of Igoumenitsa has maintained a key role throughout its history. The "deserted port”, in Thoukididis, that was inhabited by aristocrats from Corfu and rich Roman landowners; the Venetian commercial terminal of "Porto delle Gomenizze”; the base of the Ottoman fleet, an ever-safe anchorage for ship crossing the northern Ionian Sea. Today, the old port stands as a gate for many travellers who wish to discover the rare natural beauties and culture of Thesprotia.
Igoumenitsa is a vibrant city with many students and high tourist activity. It is the ideal destination for those who wish to relax and enjoy tranquillity and a true connection with nature but also those who appreciate the ancient civilization.
Enjoy a walk along the waterfront of the Old Port and the famous "Platania”, one of the most romantic parts of the city. Ride your bicycle and relax next to the sea, in the dedicated, 5km long bike lane that takes you up to Cape Drepano. Walk up to the beautiful Grove to admire the fascinating ruins of the 15th century Venetian castle, the town’s stronghold during the Turkish rule. Visit the magnificent Archaeological Museum of Igoumenitsa where you will find rare exhibits that shed light to the life and times of the ancient people of Thesprotia. Explore the peninsula of Lygia to see the imposing Tower of Ragiou (Pyrgos Ragiou), the military stronghold of 5th century BC. Swim in the crystal-clear, exotic waters of Drepano and Makrigialos, very close to the city centre. Feel the vibrant city life in the crowded cafés, the "ouzeri” (traditional bars serving ouzo) and the seaside restaurants where locals, students and travellers mingle.