Ioannina is one of Northern Greece's most atmospheric cities. It is set on the western shore of the lovely Lake Pamvotis, and framed by the impressive mountain range that turns lilac at sunset. The walls of the Kastro enclose an atmospheric, tranquil old quarter, and the lakeside area is lined by opulent plane trees that let in dappled afternoon sunlight. Together with jutting minarets, the fantastic fortress and the unique appeal of To Nisi (The Island), Ioannina makes a beautiful place to spend at least a couple of days.
The large student population means that bars far outnumber any other entertainment option – there is a lively atmosphere here year-round. Ioannina's rich history as an arts and culture centre is still keenly felt throughout the town.