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Road from Ioannina to Kalamaka
I am coming to Ioannina at the end of January and I intend to travel to visit the Meteore. I heard that the tunnel under Katara is not open yet... does it mean that I have to go over Katara pass to reach Kalamaka? If so, is it likely to find snow on the road in this period?
Would anybody suggest an alternative itinerary to reach the Meteore?
Also I am looking for a good but cheap hotel in Ioannina for one night. I would like some suggestions.
Thank you all. Massimo
Re: Road from Ioannina to Kalamaka
Yes. You have to drive over Katara pass, this is the only way to Kalambaka. The tunnel will be used by the new Egnatia highway, that is under construction. Katara pass closes for a few times during the year, especially when there is a sudden snow and the snow-ploughs do not have the time to clear it. Another cause may be that some heavy truck has glided on the slippery icy road and closed it. In any case, intervention is quick in order to reopen the road. You must have wheel-chains with you to be assured just in case. In difficult situations, Traffic Police allows only the cars with wheel-chains to pass.
As about a hotel, you can stay in Ioannina or Metsovo (both worth a visit), please check the site:
You can find a two bed room for 30-40 euros, D or E class.
Re: Re: Road from Ioannina to Kalamaka
Thank you Syefanos for your help... this time I will avoid that road and reach athens via Patras... In spring hope the road will be more safe....
Travel Tips for Ioannina
visit the ISLET ON THE LAKE. A...
visit the ISLET ON THE LAKE. A Very picturesque place. Frequent boat departures from 'molos' (every half an hour during the summer). You can visit the house where Ali-Pasha's killing and decapitation took place (there's a small museum and wood-carving shop there), visit the 'secret school' in Filanthropinon Monastery (note an unusual fresco of Ancient Greek Philosphers on the cathedral's wall!). And then you can have a lunch or dinner in the restaurants that offer fresh fish, trout or even roasted frog...legs! (local dish!)...
Apokries by the fire!
The greek version of Halloween is Apokries but it’s really funny the way they celebrate Apokries in Ioannina. There are big fires in many squares of the city and the people (dressed in funny costumes) holding bottles of wine go from fire to fire and dance around! They start late in the afternoon and they go like this till the morning!...
Apokries is some kind of carnival that is celebrated every year 3 weeks before the orthodox easter. The word “apokries” means “abstinence from the meat” from that day until the Easter but the majority don’t follow that anymore. I think the latin word carnival means the same (carne – vale(passed)).
A left turn inside the Plateia Giorgio gate onto Odos Ioustinianou leads (in about 2 blocks) to the Synagogue. Dating from 1790, this white-walled synagogue, with a Hebrew inscription above its locked door, will be interesting to those willing to track down someone who can let you in--try asking at the shop of Mrs. Allegra Matsa, Odos Anexartisias 18 (tel. 0651/27-008). The Jewish community of Ioannina traces its origins to Jews who came here at least by the 13th century. The Germans removed all 5,000 or so in 1941 and took them to labor and extermination camps. After the war, about 150 survivors came back, but today only some 100 Jews still live in Ioannina.
Aslan Pasha Mosque
This is the building in which the Municipal Museum is housed, but I felt that I should create a separate page for the Mosque itself, given that there are important artefacts not connected to the Museum around the Mosque. In particular, you'll notice that there is a collection of Muslim funerary stelae, some of which are entirely intact. There is also an abandoned madrassa on the grounds where some of the guns used in the war for independence are on show.
INTERNATIONAL FOLKLORE FESTIVAL of TRADITIONAL DANCES.
Also known as 'International Folk Festival'. Tarditional dance groups, clubs and societies from many countries of the world, Greece included, dressed in traditional costumes and accompanied by the proper folk music... Great spectacle-do not miss it if you are in Ioannina on July!
Popular Hotels in Ioannina
Katsimitrou 57, Perama, IoÃ¡nnina, Epirus, 45500, Greece