It is the ferry terminal from Italy
You cannot avoid it
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...more
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 !more
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...more
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...more
This applies of course only if you drive.Drive in the direction of Ioanina by theE90-E92 road. After 10 km, in Parapotamos, turn left to Filiates (8 km)Filiates is a nice little mountain town, quiet, with two squares. On each square, there are several cafeneion with terraces where you can have a drink. It has also two or three small psistaria where...more
Toponymy in Greece is difficult.1 More often than in any other country, the same name will apply to several locations. 2 If you look at several maps, even considering only Greece designed maps, you will notice that the same place can be named differently.3 Even if the name written in Greek fonts is the same, it can be transcript in different ways,...more
At the peak of the season, Igoumenitsa is invaded by flocks of tourists that eventually search desperately for scarce, dry and yellow grass for a nap. Or for a pee…
Out of season (this photo was taken mid May) flocks of sheeps graze proudly on the abundant and green grass, fertilized by tourists…
Next season, flocks of tourist will come back and feed on grilled mutton cutlets and kokoretzi.
Igoumenitsa has not only tourists and sheeps, according to this road sign, it has also children. On this road sign, amazingly, the tall boy (boys are always taller on school warning signs and always stand on the right!) has a smaller head than the little girl (girl are always shorter on school warning signs and always stand on the left!). Does that mean that she is wiser?
This is part of my “School warning road signs of the world” collection.
If you disembark in Igoumenitsa, the first and only thing you have to do is to run away as fast as possible. Though, that will not be very fast as all the passengers of each ferry will try to do the same. You can drive southwards to Andirio and reach the motorway leading to Athens but the road is loaded and winding. There will always be a slow...more
If you are going to embark on a ferry, since you never know how much traffic jam you will have, you have better arrive in Igoumenitsa in advance and check in at the office of the company of your ferry.Then, what to do?You can stay in Igoumenitsa, but, you are warned, it is dusty, dirty, crowded and noisy. Terraces of the cafes are usually packed.If...more
Inland to Igoumenitsa, on a side road, we found a superb ancient bridge, most probably on the Thiamis river. Was it built by the Romans or was it built later, by the Byzantines ? I have not found any clue about it but I would bet for the latter. It is not used anymore and have been replaced by an ugly metal bridge that spoils the landscape as it is so close.
I have tried by every means to hide it for the photo but, on my best photo, there was still a little bit of railings popping. I allowed myself to Photoshop the recalcitrant metal bridge and here it is ! Photoshop dissolved the metal ! There remains only its shadow that I have chosen to leave as a testimony !
The second photo is just to show how it looks without any precaution ! I hope some day, a new bridge will be built a little further, more discretly !
Favorite thing: The bust of Napoleon Zervas stands in front of the old harbor of Igoumenitsa. At first, I thought it was a hero of the independence war but I found later that Napoleon Zervas had actually been a hero of Greek resistance to Nazi occupation during WWII. General Napoleon Zervas (1891-1957) was from 1942 to 1945 the leader of a main Resistance Movement, the EDES (National Republican Greek League).