IGOUMENITSA

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.

 
  • view_headlineSights and routes around Igoumenitsa

    Magical Epirus Riviera with exotic beaches and evergreen bays; mountainous mainland with historic sights and mythical rivers; beautiful traditional villages and cosmopolitan resorts. Having Igoumenitsa as your starting point, you may depart on a journey to Thesprotia and Epirus, a land of many treasures.

    • Famous and cosmopolitan Syvota, with a history that dates back to antiquity; the “Greek Caribbean” and a beloved destination for Italians; a dreamscape with evergreen hills that plunge into the turquoise waters of mesmerizing bays; a true work of art. The islands of Agios Nikolaos, Mavro Oros and Mourtemenos embellish the settlement’s inlet; the beautiful beaches of Bella Vraka, Mega and Mikri Ammos, Piscina, Zeri, Zavia, Gallikos Molos; the sea caves; a true paradise on earth.

    • The traditional village of Perdika, a verdant paradise of olive groves that meet the crystal-clear waters of the Ionian Sea This is where you will find the most beautiful beaches in Greece: Karavostasi, Arillas, Mega Ntrafi, Agia Paraskevi. Next to the magnificent archaeological site of Dimokastro. Stay to enjoy the magical sunset and see the sun set right before your eyes and behind the island of Corfu.

    • The lush green village of Paramythia with the noble past. Built in a crescent-shape on the foot of mount Koryla and overlooking the fertile valley of Kokytou. The picturesque Old Town with the alleyways and beautiful mansions, the Venetian clock tower of 1750, the imposing castle of Agios Donatos, the byzantine church of Virgin Mary; a fantasy tale.

    • Cosmopolitan Parga, a romantic seaside town that feels just like an island, built amphitheatrically around the picturesque bay, bringing out unique natural and architectural gemstones. Cobbled backstreets, beautiful two-storey houses in pastel, the Norman castle of the 14th century, the idyllic island of Panagia with the church of Panagia (Virgin Mary), the beautiful beaches of Lychnos, Valtos, Kryoneri, Sarakiniko, Ai Giannakis.

    Ioannina, a city of legends and long history. The enchanting capital of Epirus, just an hour’s drive from Jgoumenitsa. The serene realm of lake Pamvotida and its mythical island, the imposing byzantine castle, the fascinating museums, the famous silversmithing and goldsmithing workshops, the ancient theatre of Dodoni, the astonishing cave of Perama, the renown Zagorochoria.

    • The mythical river of Acherontas, a wild scenery of unprecedented beauty and a paradise for nature-lovers. From its springs in the settlement of Glyki, in Thesprotia, to its delta in Ammoudia, on the Ionian shore. Ideal for rafting, canoe kayak, horseback riding and hiking. The “Straits of Acherontas”, the majestic gorge between the mountains of Souli and Paramythia, as well as the hiking trail of “Skala tis Tzavelenas” are a life-time experience.

  • view_headlineWhat’s not to miss...

    • Climb to “Panorama” hill for a breath-taking panoramic view of Igoumenitsa and the port from high up.

    • Visit the marvellous archaeological site of the Gitana, one of the most important ancient Greek cities of Thesprotia, where archaeologists have revealed an ancient theatre seating 5500 people.

    • Enjoy unique seafood at the local fish taverns that give life to “Skaloma”, the little port of Sagiada, with is magnificent με sunset views.

    • Take a boat (or a “kaiki”) to river Kalamas delta, a protected wetland habitat of rare ecological value but also a landscape of unique beauty.

    • Explore the area of Filiates. Its traditional settlements are a fine example of post-byzantine architecture with stone-built houses, cobbled streets, old bridges and fountains. The Holy Monastery of Giromerio, built in the 14th century, one of the most important monasteries of Epirus, rises in a magical location surrounded by plane trees and running waters.

    • Organize a day-cruise to Paxoi and Antipaxoi, the emerald islets of the Ionian Sea.

  • view_headlineTravelling to and from Igoumenitsa

    Travel to and from Igoumenitsa and enjoy a magnificent journey in the blue crystal-clear waters of the Ionian and the Adriatic Sea with one of the leading passenger ferry operators in the Mediterranean.

    ΑΝΕΚ LINES connects the port of Igoumenitsa with daily itineraries with the port of Venice, Ancona and Bari, in Italy, as well as with the ports of Patras and Corfu in Greece. The company offers top quality services and authentic Cretan “philoxenia” on board.

    The routes ITALY - GREECE are jointly operated with Superfast Ferries.

    The modern fleet and highly trained crew of ANEK promise a pleasant on board stay, meeting the needs and demands of the modern traveller. ANEK ferries have spacious cabins of all categories, comfortable and air-conditioned all-user areas with many entertainment options, modern stores, gourmet restaurants and café -bars.

    ANEK LINES highly values gastronomy and offers exquisite menus based on authentic Cretan products and tastes of the Cretan and the Mediterranean cuisine. All ΑΝΕΚ ferries offer 24hour internet service (wi-fi and Internet Corners) at designated areas. An open-deck swimming pool and on board camping facilities are available on international routes.

    Discover our best prices for ferry tickets and unique offers for passenger tickets and cabin accommodation throughout the year.

  • view_headlineArriving at Igoumenitsa

    ANEK LINES ferries dock at the New Port of Igoumenitsa, the second largest port in terms of passenger traffic after Piraeus. A hub for north-western Greece, the port of Igoumenitsa serves its role well as the “Greek Gate to Europe”

    Thanks to its geographic location, Igoumenitsa is one of the most important transport hubs in Greece and the Mediterranean. 445 km away from Athens and 323 km from Thessaloniki, the city of Igoumenitsa is connected with the ports of Italy, Corfu, Paxi, Antipaxi and Patras. It also provides easy road access to all large cities of the Prefectures of Thesprotia and Epirus.

    From Igoumenitsa, you can take the A2 Motorway (Egnatia Odos) to easily and quickly reach main destinations of northern Greece: Ioannina (40 minutes), Preveza (1h 20m), Thessaloniki (3h 15 m), Kipoi Evrou (6 h). You can also take the A5 Motorway (Ionia Odos) and reach Patras in 3 ½ hours.

    Setting off from Igoumenitsa, you can drive to any corner of the Greek mainland as well as various Balkan cities. ANEK LINES offers reliable and value for money transportation service so you can take along your own car, motorcycle, trailer or caravan and enjoy unforgettable trips to unique destinations in Italy and other European countries.

  • view_headlineNext stop … Corfu
    From the port of Igoumenitsa you can easily travel to the enchanting island of Corfu. The most cosmopolitan island of the Ionian, and one of Greece’s top resorts, Corfu is warm-heartedly offering strong experiences as it gathers all the best features: unprecedented natural beauty, unique monuments, emerald beaches, famous delicacies, intense nightlife and very good tourist infrastructure.
  • view_headlineUseful telephone numbers
    ΑΝΕΚ LINES - Central Reservation Dept.: 0030 210 4197400, 0030 210 4197420 S. Mpakolias & Co. Ltd– Euroline (Igoumentisa Central Agency): 0030 26650 29063 S. Mpakolias & Co. Ltd – Euroline (Igoumenitsa Port Terminal): 0030 26650 26081 Port Authority: 0030 26650 99400 Municipality: 0030 26653 61100 Health Centre: 0030 26650 24420, 26650 28346 Police Department: 0030 26650 29665 Tourist Police: 0030 26650 21200 Intercity Buses :0030 26650 22309 Taxi Service: 0030 26650 23200, 26650 23500

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