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Small town of 4,000 population on the west coast, 6 kilometres from the sea, with good transport connections to  Preveza (45 km) and Parga (30 km).

Places of Interest to Visit

13th Century Byzantine Monastery (Kipseli Village)

On the outskirts of the village you will find Agios Dimitrios, a beautiful 13th century Byzantine monastery, built on the ruins of an ancient temple to the Goddess Artemis. Inside the monastery fine frescoes are still in-situ on the walls. Opposite is a small chapel, Agios Georgios, where further frescoes can be found.

Glyki gorge

Glyki gorge is a beautiful setting you will dine al-fresco alongside the clear azure blue waters of the River Acheron and watch the water sparkle and shimmer in the incandescent sunshine. There are restaurants on either side of the river. Why not enjoy a meal in this mystical setting; you can also indulge in a paddle in the icy mountain spring water whilst you wait for your meal. There are many activities on offer here including rafting, horse riding, canoeing and kayaking.

Nekromanteio of Ephyra (Mesopotomas village)

Situated about 5 miles from Kipseli is the ancient Necromanteion of Ephyra or Sanctuary of Persephone and Hades – Nekromandio in Modern Greek. Compared with many of Greek’s ancient remains, this site is shrouded in mythology and legend, Nekromandio receives few visitors.

The sanctuary is situated on a low rocky hill above where in ancient times, the River Acheron (Aherondas in Modern Greek) associated with the mythical river Styx, river of the underworld and the River Kokytos crossed before flowing into the marshy lake of Acherousia. (This lake has now been drained).

Legend dictates that the river was the place where the soul carrier, Hermes, brought the souls of the dead to Haros who took them to Hades on his boat for 1p. Necromanteio was Homer’s legendary gateway to the underworld and was colonised by the Mykinians during the 13th – 14th century BC. This is the oldest known place in Epirus and was the commercial centre of its time. You can see ruins of the exterior walls that are noteworthy because of their polygonal construction.

Ancient Kassopi

Ancient Kassopi was built before the middle of the 4th century BC on a naturally defended site approximately 600 metres above sea level on the southern slopes of Mount Zalongo. It was a typical flourishing small city with a population of c 8,000 – 10,000 that was at its best during the 3rd and early 2nd century BC.

There are significant remains of the large theatre in the northwest area of the city and of the Temple of Aphrodite outside the walls to the east.

Today the site is accessed via a pathway through a scented pine grove. From this site you will be rewarded with panoramic views, laid out at your feet, towards Lefkhada and the Ambracian Gulf where in 31 BC the combined fleets of Mark Antony and Cleopatra were defeated by Octavius. He was later rewarded by becoming the Emperor of Rome, using the title Augustus from where we get the name of our 8th month August.


Nikopolis, the “victory city” founded by Octavius on the site his army had camped upon prior to the battle of Actium is another large and impressive site close to modern day Preveza. You can view its formidable and impressive walls, hundreds of yards long and up to 30 feet high together with baths and a great theatre.


The monastery at Zalongo is remembered mainly for the sad but defiant mass suicide of a group of Souliot women and their children. In 1803, Ali Pasha’s troops trapped a large number of Souliots, who were fleeing the destruction of Koungi, in the monastery. Some 60 Souliot women and their children fled to the top of the cliffs above and to the amazement of the pursuing Albanian Muslims the women danced one-by-one, with their children in their arms, right over the edge of the cliff. To commemorate their brave and defiant act a modern sculpture has been placed on this spot.

Dodoni (or Dodona) & The Oracle of Zeus
This site is completely unspoilt and boasts a magnificent theatre, the best we’ve ever seen! It was built for King Pyrrhus (297-272 BC) and was one of the largest theatres in Greece.

The Romans modified the theatre to suit their own entertainment needs. For example they enjoyed blood sports so added a protective wall to the lower seating and dug a horseshoe shaped drainage channel.

In the summer months the theatre is used for performances of ancient drama and music. This is one of the most glorious settings in Greece nestled in a verdant valley stretching to the slopes of Mount Tomaros.

The Sanctuary of Zeus

This was the site of the Oracle. Until the 5th century BC there was no temple and worship centred upon the sacred oak, which stood alone. Legend would have us believe that Jason and the Argonauts built their ships from the timber of the sacred oak. They hoped the sacred properties would protect them from mishap.

The Oracle of Zeus is the oldest in Greece. The worship of Zeus and the sacred oak tree has been linked to the earliest of Hellenic tribes who are said to have arrived in the Epirus region around 1900 BC. Many oracular inscriptions have been excavated and give one an indication of the Oracle’s influence even after it was eclipsed by the Oracle at Delphi.


Birds and wildlife can be seen at the Wetlands only a few miles away en-route to Parga. Alternatively, the Rodia Wetlands consist of a large sea lake dedicated to Eco-tourism where you can bird watch and even see water buffalo.


If you fancy more cosmopolitan sophistication a visit to Preveza, situated at the mouth of the Amvrakikos Gulf, is the ideal trip. Numerous coffee shops, bars and tavernas line the quayside facing Actium (the site of the battle where Antony and Cleopatra were defeated) offering reasonably priced food.


Arta is a very pleasant Greek mainland town, very much the provincial capital, still retaining its old centre resembling an Ottoman bazaar.

The packhorse bridge is inspiration for many folk songs throughout the mainland. In ancient times Arta was known as Ambracia and was the capital of Pyrrhus, King of Epirus. The foundations of the temple of Apollo and an odeion are still visible as is the ancient acropolis and the citadel.

The Amvrakikos Gulf

The gulf is beautiful and several villages flank the length offering the opportunity to stop at a fish taverna.


Further inland you will find the capital of Epirus, the city of Ioannina. It is well worth a visit if you desire something more sophisticated. The shopping centre offers a variety of different shops from the traditional to the modern.

Ioannina thrived during the Ottoman period from the 15th century to the early 19th century. During this period its famous Craftsmen Guilds were formed, including the Silversmiths. We recommend you spend time looking at the silver filigree items for sale here, they really are exquisite and very reasonable priced.

Turkish influence is very much in evidence in the fortress (Kastro) area extending to Lake Pamvotis on a small headland. Inside the fortress nestles a quiet residential zone with narrow alleys and its own shops. There are various museums to visit ranging from Popular Art to Jewish History and a Muslim Wing, which offers the opportunity to glimpse the interior of a Greek mosque. They offer an insight into life as it was a few hundred years ago, before Greece became independent. You can even view the lead tablets inscribed with questions for the Oracle of Zeus.

Perama Caves

A visit to Ioannina can be combined with a visit to the Perama Caves, which is claimed to be the largest network of caves in Greece. The walkway through the caves extends to 5,600 feet beneath the hillside.



Photogenic Parga is approximately 12 miles from here and is certainly worth a visit even though during the height of summer it is crowded with many visitors and parking can be problematic.

The Kastro (castle) offers excellent views to the town, waterfront and the mountains. Further in the distance are the islands of Kerkyra (Corfu), Paxi (Paxos) and anti-Paxi (little Paxos).

Ammoudia Beach

Ammoudia literally means sandy beach. It is an unspoilt beach resort and does not attract the hordes of visitors that Parga does, therefore it is one of our favourite beaches. The sheltered, sandy beach is approximately 700 metres long with a scenic mountain backdrop. The beach is also the mouth of the River Acheron, which cools the sea and flows into a funnel shaped bay.

From the quayside you may choose to take a boat trip towards Necromanteio, spot kingfishers, water turtles and dazzling electric blue dragonflies that dance around you like fairies from a fantasy world. There is also plenty of choice of eateries alongside the quay.

If the main beach is not your choice there are two more sandy coves a short distance across the river: Kerentza and Alonaki, another of our favourite beaches, where you can swim out to a large rock in the cove.

There are many beautiful beaches along the coastal route towards Preveza. Our favourites include Lygia, Loutsa and Vrachos they are mainly sandy beaches but there are rocks and boulders in the sea.

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