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Arta is the second largest town in the region of Epirus, with a population of twenty thousand. It is situated 76km south of Ioannina, and 50km North-East of Preveza.

Arta (Greek: Άρτα) is one of the fifty-one prefectures of Greece. It is within the Epirus periphery. It is also the capital with the same name, and was the capital of the Despotate of Epirus in the Middle Ages. The location is north of the Ambracian Gulf. Mountains surround the northeast with only one road linking into the Peneus and Thessaly, and low-land agricultural plains to its west. It is bounded by Preveza in the west, the prefecture of Ioannina to the north, the prefecture of Trikala in the east, Karditsa to the east and the prefecture of Aitoloacarnania to the south. The eastern boundary is bounded with the Achelous river and teh western boundary up to near GR-5/GR-21 jct is the Louros River.

Much of the population live in the west, within the Aous valley, the south and east of Arta, further southeast, the Athamanian mountains and the southeast with a few parts of the north are the leastly populated.

Three hundred and seventy kilometers from Athens, via the Rio-Antirrio, Arta, the capital of the named prefecture, intoxicates you with the fragrance of orange blossom and the view of its sculpted trunks of endless olive groves...

The Capital of the State of Pyros, which occupied it in 295 BC, it later passed over to occupation by the Romans, to become the capital of the Despot of Ipiros in c 13th, by Komnino the Great until 1449, when it was taken over by the Turks. The Arta of today unfolds memorials within its many Byzantine churches, its graphic valleys and its wonderful age-old forests, which are traversed by three rivers, the Arachthos, the Louros and the Acheloos. The sea lakes of Rodia and Longaro, stream down one side from the Ambrakikos Gulf, while the olive groves in the villages of Drosopigi or Voulgareli stretch to the southern slopes of the Tsoumerkon Mountains.

The legendary bridge holds primacy on your tour. "They took all day to build it and by night it toppled" and the Foreman, in order to support it, built his wife into its columns. The towns castle, set within the wonderful forest and the splendid church of Parigoritisas, is a work of art not to be overlooked. You can enjoy coffee in the pine forest and if it is hot, you may sit under the shade of the famous Sycamore tree, where Ali Pashas hanged the Greeks. If, again, you prefer to see up close the everyday life of the inhabitants, from their exhibits and crafts, you should visit the splendid folklore museum of Arta.

You can go for a walk in the Forest of Ailia and coffee in the tourist kiosk, while in the evening you return to the town for the special mainland flavours. The delights of Arta begin with moussaka with leeks, rice-pies, clam balls and the wonderful "souvlista", which is available throughout the prefecture, as well as walnuts, feta, ouzo and the local tsipouro, which you mustnt fail to buy for your return journey home.

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