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
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 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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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 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
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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