Hotel Astoria

2a, Paraskevopoulou Street, Ioannina, 45221, Greece
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small chapel at Kato Pedinasmall chapel at Kato Pedina

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where can one buy ?

by irinaur

Pou tha borousa na agorazo exoplismos gia himerini pezoporia sta vouna ? Eiparhoun exidikevmena katastimata sta Giannina ?
Efharisto ek ton proteron .

Re: where can one buy ?

by gfinesilver

geia sou.

are you asking where to buy mountain gear in Ioannina? and if there are stores? please clarify question in english.

Re: where can one buy ?

by irinaur

Gia sou ,
I'm looking for winter alpine clothing , such as a lightweight water-resistant jacket , pants and footwear for trekking.
Thanks .

Re: where can one buy ?

by irinaur

Yes, I'm looking for a mountain store in Ioannina .

Re: where can one buy ?

by gfinesilver

considering what is around ioannina, i would imagine you can fine some gear, but i can't guarantee anything. maybe re-post your question in english and someone else will reply.
i just wanted to check if my greek was good enough to understand the question.

Re: where can one buy ?

by irinaur

Be happy! Your Greek isn't defficient.
Thanks .

Re: where can one buy ?

by mariakaptein

Hi Inaur, in the Greek Yellow pages I found 1 store with military equipment & uniforms: Zygounas Grigorios,Pavlou Mela 20, Ioannina.
Most times this type of store sells outdoorclothing for hunting.

there is also a section men's & women's clothing& access. but it lists 47 shops without details. see

http://www.xo.gr/categorySelection.jsp?id=5091&lang=en&groupids=5090:5091

hope this was helpfull and your Greek was perfectly understandable !!! maria

Re: where can one buy ?

by mariakaptein

Oh you are Greek !!!!

Re: where can one buy ?

by irinaur

Hi Maria ,
Thanks a lot for your reply. It's been most helpful .

Re: where can one buy ?

by mariakaptein

Típota !! mapía

Travel Tips for Ioannina

Archaeological Museum of Ioannina

by matza

Up behind Central Square( with the clock tower )inside the "Litharitsia" park is the city's archaeological museum. It was designed by architect Aris Konstandinidis. It contains five main chambers with archeological findings from all around Epirus. It has a remarkable collection of vesels, armor, jewellery, coins, inscriptions, and sculptures. You will also see a chamber with a collection of paintings from Greek painters.
Address:
6, 25th March Square
IOANNINA TOWN 452 21
EPIRUS
IOANNINA Telephones/fax:
tel: +306510 33357, 25490
fax: +306510 71835
working hours are Tuesday till Sunday 08.30 - 15.00. Every Monday is closed. Museum is also closed on the following dates: 25 and 26 of December, 1st of January, 25 of March, Easter, 1st of May.
Admission price for adults is 500 GDR., over 65 years old is 300 GDR. Free admission to visitors up to 18 years old, students and soldiers. Free admission: Every Sunday from Nov. 1st till Mar. 31st., the official Greek holidays, March 6th, April 18th, May 18th, June 6th and the last weekend of September.

visit PERAMA CAVE (located in...

by Georgio

visit PERAMA CAVE (located in the homonymous village, 4 km north of the city of Ioannina)
The Cave was incidentaly discovered during the Greek-Italian war of 1940 by a resident of the village who was looking for a shelter to avoid bombardments. In 1951 the speleologists Ioannis and Anna Petrocheilos proceeded to the exploration of the cave and discovered teeth and bones of ancient cave bears.

The cave of Perama is one of the most significant horizontal caves of the Balkans with a total corridor length of more than 1 km. It is composed of a large number of chambers and mazy corridors with impressive stalactites and stalagmites.

Bizani for VRELLIS’ museum

by mindcrime

After your visit to Dodoni you can visit Bizani area. First you can see the monument about the battle of Bizani that led to the liberty of Ioannina city.

Then you can visit the Vrellis museum on your way back before returning to Ioannina. This is one of the most famous museum in Greece, Paul P. Vrellis because very famous with his wax eefigies that represent nicely parts of Greek history, especially the Greek revolution against the Ottoman empire. The effigies are in natural dimensions and you can see scenes from three periods. Before the revolution, greek revolution of 1821 and second world war. My favorite is the one that shows Paul Vrellis making himself! There is a small store inside the museum with some postcards and a book about the museum. You can also drink something there.

The museum is open daily October-march 10:00-16:00 and April-september 9:30-17:00 and the entrance fee is 6euros

The museum is located 12km away from Ioannina at the national road Ioannina-Preveza. You’ll see a sign and you will drive up on the hill for 3’. If you come from Athens it will be on your right hand.

stories from the lake

by mindcrime

Ok, I have to admit it! The reason I love this city is the lake! It’s located at the foothill of Mitsikeli mountain and there’s no way for the visitor not to walk near the lake, at Molos where the edge of the castle is and the cafes and taverns of course. I love to walk along the promenade or at the periphery road and the view is always great at the other side of the lake. Every time I see something different depending the period of year, the colors are so different between spring and autumn, or the snow over the mountains during the winter. It’s really peaceful going there, relaxing at a bench and watching the gulls come and go like the small boat that goes to the little island.

There are some interesting legends about the lake. The most famous is the one about Kyra Frosini, a young beautiful girl that pushed her parents to let her get married with a greek trader from Venice so to avoid being one of the Ali Pasha’s girls at his harem (she was only 12 year old). One day, when her husband was away, Muhtar (Ali’s son) felt in love with her although he was married too (ho, ho, ho). It seems that they had good time together but Ali Pasha liked her too so he sent Muhtar abroad for a military mission and try to get close to her. She denied so he acused her for prostitution (!) and he ordered to kill her (with other 16 girls) at the lake! It was the year 1801. The story of Kyra Frosyni is so popular that many taverns, cafes and the boats of the lake are named after her.

Another story is about Ntourahan Pasha from Rumeli. It was a cold night of 1434 and he tried to find a place to camp with his army. There was fog everywhere so they stopped at a big flat area. In the morning, after the fog had gone he realized that he was standing over the frozen lake! For that reason he built the monastery of Nturahan at the other side of the lake.
After a small research I was impressed by a local that told me that he had seen the lake frozen and people walking on it!! It happens rarely (4 times during the 20th century) but it’s really a weird phenomenon.

Spectacular Natural Beauty

by mikey_e

The Lake is incredibly beautiful, particularly if you come by early in the morning or towards the evening. Part of the shore north of the Kastro is a sort of amusement park/café stretch. There is, however, an entrance to an undevelopment part of the lakefront from the Kastro near the Its Kale. You must go through a sort of portico and you come out to a promenade where there are people fishing and walking in a relatively quiet atmosphere.

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