Epirus, the region with the most mountains in Greece.

This is a description of a geographic region located in the northwestern corner of Greece. It borders Albania to the northwest, Macedonia and Thessaly to the east, and Aetolia-Acarnania to the south. To the west, it is washed by the Ionian Sea. It has an area of 9,223 square kilometers and a population of 353,820 inhabitants according to the 2001 census. It is divided into the prefectures of Arta, Thesprotia, Ioannina, and Preveza.

It is a mainly mountainous region, with lowland areas primarily situated around the river deltas. The largest mountain range in Epirus, which is also the most significant in all of Greece, is the Pindus mountain range. The Grammos, Smolikas, Tymfi, Athamanika Mountains, as well as the Tsamanta and Souli Mountains, among others, are branches of the Pindus within the region of Epirus. Its main rivers include the Aoos, Kalamas, Acheron, Louros, Arachthos, and parts of the Achelous River, with the largest lake being Lake Pamvotida, near Ioannina. The primary economic activities in the area are agriculture and livestock farming, with mining of minerals also being an important sector.

The mountain ranges with dense forests, rivers, and lakes coexist with castles, churches, mosques, bridges, and lace-edged coastlines, making Epirus an attractive destination.


The climate of Epirus due to the geographic area and the morphology of the terrain that starts from the mountain range of Pindos and ends at the seaside areas of Thesprotia and Preveza as well as the areas of Arta in the Amvrakikos Gulf is as follows:

The lowlands and seaside areas of Epirus have mild winters and temperatures that rarely fall below zero, while summers are sunny with rare rainfall and gentle breeze. In the mainland it frequently rains and the summers are cool while on the mountains there is heavy snowfall and low temperatures. It is often the phenomenon of combining different climatic conditions at the same time (eg mild heat in the sea and dew in mountain areas).


Epirus’ history dates from ancient times and has been renowned worldwide ever since. Always Epirus was a living part of Hellenism. Its geographical location covers the northwestern part of Greece. One of the great advantages of Epirus is that in a short time you can be transported from the mountain to the sea.

Archeology - Attractions


The ancient theater of Dodoni, one of the largest and most well-preserved theaters in the ancient world, with a capacity of 17,000 spectators, is located 22 km south of Ioannina. Every summer, in the framework of the “Epirotiki” Festival, there is the talk of the ancient Greek dramaturgs. Ancient Greek Tragedies come to life again in the enchanting environment of both the Ancient Theater and the rest of the ancient monuments.

Waxworks Pavlos Vrellis

On the 14th km of the Ioannina-Athens highway, near Bizani, there is the wax museum of sculptor Pavlos Vrellis. The waxworks of the museum, in natural size and embedded in a faithful representation of the environment of their time, revive forms of the most recent history. Three thematic sections of the Museum: the Pre-Revolutionary Period (the Hidden School, the founding of the Friendly Society, the martyrdom of Dionysios Psilosofos, etc.), events of 1821 (The Thieves, the death of Ali Pasha, etc.) pictures from the Second World War (the women of Pindos, etc.). Tel. 26510 92128 opening hours 10: 00PM-16: 00PM. for the winter season and 09:30 to 17:00. for the summer season.

Byzantine Museum of Ioannina

The main building of the Museum was constructed in the 1960s as a Royal Pavilion in the area of the inner acropolis of the Castle of Ioannina. The museum was inaugurated in 1995. The silverware collection is housed in a 19th-century acropolis building.

Silverworks Museum

It is located beside the Byzantine Museum. Bronze utensils, objects and jewelry are displayed there. The exhibition is housed in the so-called Treasury.

Archaeological Museum of Ioannina

The Museum was built between 1963 and 1966 and was designed by the architect Aris Konstantinidis. It is open for the public since 1/8/1970. The Museum hosts periodical exhibitions as well as lectures.

The cave of Perama

One of the most important caves in the world is located just four kilometers away from the city center of Ioannina. The existence of the cave was already known from the beginning of the previous century. In 1940 it was used as a refuge for the inhabitants during the bombing by the Italians.


In Greek mythology, Epirus was the daughter of the “spartou” Ehiona and Agaeus, daughter of Cadmus and Harmony.

Epirus followed her grandparents, Cadmus and Harmony, when they abandoned Thebes and headed north to carry the ashes of King Pentheus, Epirus’ brother.

Epirus died in Chaonia and was buried in a sacred grove, which was related to the myth of Anthipis and Khidros. The region of Epirus was thus named after this mythical person.

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