Great Epirus – Greece’s Northwest Nook and Gateway to Europe

ATHENS – Individuals who uncover little-known locations for holidays have blended emotions: they need to inform the world how great it’s there – however they need to maintain the world at bay too. Epirus is a type of locations, the northwest nook or Greece, full of gateways to wild nature, historical past, mythology, and gastronomy – and the colour of the day, all year long, just isn’t Hellenic Blue, however… inexperienced! Sure the sky is as deep and beautiful a shade of blue as another a part of mainland Greece, however it’s a marvelous factor to behold the slopes of pine-covered mountains and hills cascading down into the enchanting sea – whose blue additionally blends with…inexperienced.

The mixture of blue and inexperienced embracing each other on the seashore and round tiny close by islands, in addition to the dance within the sky of these evergreen hills with the good blue heavens has earned the coastal area the moniker ‘Caribbean of Greece’.

There are quite a few cities and villages on the Ionian coast: breathtaking Preveza, pleasant Parga – and a spot referred to as Maras – which could be the ancestral house of Yankees nice Roger Maris. The well-known slugger modified his title from Maras, and his household has some Greek origin reminiscences, though its extra firmly-planted and better-remembered roots are farther north up the coast in Croatia.

Right here we’ll highlight three locations beloved of natives and guests alike: Sybota, Igoumenitsa, and Paramithia.


The city of Sybota is one in all a number of that hugs the coast of the Ionian Sea and is a captivating base for fantastic close by seashores. (Picture by Eurokinissi)

The city of Sybota is on the coast, proper reverse the southern tip of Corfu, 24km south of Igoumenitsa, which, we will even ‘go to’. The third locale is the quaint city of Paramithia and its most well-known close by resident, the Acheron, mythology’s ‘River of Woe’.

Sotiris Mitsis, a local son of Sybota and president of the municipal water companies firm, was the primary to share the ‘Caribbean of Greece’ nickname with The Nationwide Herald. “Due to its lovely seacoast, and the inexperienced land goes proper right down to the ocean, with capes, fingers stretching into the Ionian, and a number of other little islands simply off the coast, like little fjords.”

The picturesque village is in-built a bay with 5 close by inexperienced islands – Agios Nikolaos, Mavro Mountain, Megalo Mourtemeno, Mikro Mourtemeno, and Hoironisi. And there are seventeen (17!) seashores within the space, together with Mega Ammos – a Blue Flag seaside – Mikri Ammos, Bella Vraka, and Zavia.

The picturesque harbor gives many spots for rest and pleasure, with eating places, taverns, and cafe-bars overlooking the Ionian Sea.

Mitis factors out that “tourism investments are shifting ahead, together with extra 5-Star motels. “We’re very happy with tourism’s growth. It’s a small place, however its lovely and we like it, and it is best to come go to us,” he mentioned.


Acheron river.

Ioannis Karagiannis, a financial institution supervisor by career, is the proud mayor of the city of Paramithia – a municipality with 10,000 folks and 33 communities, seated in a traditional agricultural area that grows corn, wheat, and extra lately… asparagus. There may be some livestock too.

The curious title (it feels like ‘paramithi’, fable or tall story) is derived from the well-known church of Panagia Parigoritissa – Our Girl of Mercy – by way of its different title of ‘Parigoria’.

The realm’s tourism magnet, nonetheless, is the Acheron River. When fashionable man thinks of ‘different worlds’, he thinks of outer area, however in historical occasions, the closest ‘different world’ was the ‘underworld’ of faith and delusion, which in some spots was not distant actuality for folks in any respect – figuratively and actually – the river being quarter-hour west of Paramithia, on the border with the Parga municipality.

“The river Acherontas is fed by the tears of the family members of the lifeless when Hades took them away to his realm,” Karagianis defined. The majestic mountain overlooking the city additionally triggers a little bit of concern – a minimum of within the sense of what its title evokes: Mount Gorila.

Aside for the names and myths and a few historical past, nonetheless, the realm is a delight.


Giannis Lolos is the mayor Igoumenitsa, a city that’s more and more within the information – for good causes.

“It’s a metropolis on the fringe of Greece that connects Europe and Greece,” he advised TNH, “and it’s a newly constructed metropolis – it doesn’t have city riches, however there’s a wealthy shoreline – and the port is older. There are stays of a fortress constructed by the Venetians across the starting of the fifteenth century – but it surely was additionally destroyed by the Venetians in 1685.

The city is surrounded by pine forests and the river Kalamas, which ends up in the Ionian Sea, nonetheless, the glory of Igoumenitsa are its seashores. Once more: “the place inexperienced blends into the blue,” Karagiannis says, including that there are many fulfilling and inexpensive lodging.

“Whoever visits has an exquisite time,” the mayor assures.

Karagiannis was educated in forestry – comprehensible given Epirus’ imposing mountains – however he developed an appreciation for public service and is completely satisfied to be serving the group. “It’s good to be concerned with the place the place you reside, whenever you work for the development and progress of your city and area. You develop a way of responsibility that provides you the vitality to maintain shifting ahead and to like your work.”

Like its sister port of Alexandroupolis, modern occasions and tendencies are growing Igoumenitsa’s significance – for Greece in addition to for Europe as a complete. For instance, there are plans to create LNG amenities. Town is situated on the western finish of the Egnatia Odos freeway that extends throughout all of northern Greece and finally connects to the main north-south routes of the Balkans. There are additionally good airport connections close by, together with on Corfu and in famend metropolis of Ioannina, maybe the jewel in Epirus’ crown – however extra on that one other time.



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