Katie and went on a boat trip to Igoumenitsa for a BBQ beach party in 2008.
We had a great time "Theo" the captain of the boat took us to the beach then whilst we swam in the sea and lazed on the beach he and his crew set up a BBQ.
The food was delicious, I had steak and chicken with salad and a couple of glasses of wine.
After a couple of hours at the beach we set sail to a stretch of water called the "blue lagoon" where we lowered the anchor and people were jumping into the sea and sliding off the slides attatched to the boat. I just sat drinking gin. Katie enjoyed it especially when the other boat that was with us came up alongside and we both had a water fight with people throwing buckets of water at each other.
When you drive out of Igoumenitsa towards Ioanina, after 15-20 km, you get a very different landscape with several levels of mountains framing the valley. In the background, the Pindus massif and the mountainous Epirus vith first Ioanina and further, Metsovo and Kastoria. These three places alone make it worth to pass through Igoumenitsa !
When the ferry sails northwards into the Corfu channel, it passes very close to the coast which is Greek for half a dozen kilometers and after that, it is Albanian. The following photos were taken along the sailing but I am unable to tell where is the border between Greece and Albania.
Butrint should be on the last photo, in the background, on the far left, half hidden by the haze. For more, visit my Butrint page.
Note : this series of photos were not taken from the ferry but from Corfu but the channel is so narrow that the sight is almost the same.
The best sight of Igoumenitsa is when you have parked your car in the ferry and that, sitting on a comfortable (no matter if it is not that confortable!) chair, you leave the harbor and have the wonderful sight of the town getting smaller and smaller and disappearing behind the first cape Too bad that, we western Europeans, have to go through Igoumenitsa to reach Greece!
What to do in Igoumenitsa ?
Rien, que dalle, zero, nul.
"Lasciate ogni speranza voi che entrate" (Dante Allighieri)
(Leave any hope, thou who come in)
The only hope is to get out!
A pleasant village on the coast with a little harbour, some tavernas and a long beach.
When we were here in June it was really quiet and nobody about. We did wonder just when things got going. It is obviously a very Greek resort, the season being so late in starting.