The Epirot capital and gateway to the Vikos-Aoös National Park, hip Ioannina (ih-o-ah-nih-nah or yah-nih-nah) is a bustling commercial and cultural centre, and home to 20,000 university students who energise the local nightlife. Ioannina is set on the placid (though polluted) Lake Pamvotis and faces sheer mountains. This idyllic setting is further enhanced by an evocative old quarter (the Kastro), interspersed with narrow lanes and architectural wonders from Byzantine and Ottoman times. The city also has excellent restaurants, bars and cafes.
Ioannina destination guides
Zagoria, the Secret Villages
Explore the Zagoria Villages in the Pindos Mountains of Greece