Top 9 Things to do in Ioannina, Greece

August 9, 2017 Franklyn Hardiman

Ioannina (Greek: Ιωάννινα, Greek pronunciation: [io̞ˈɐ.ni.nɐ]), often called Yannena (Γιάννενα, Greek pronunciation: [ˈʝɐ.ne̞.nɐ]) within Greece, is the capital and largest city of the Ioannina regional unit and of Epirus, an administrative region in north-western Greece. Its population is 112,486, according to 2011 census. It lies at an elevation of approximately 500 metres (1,640 feet) above sea level, on the western shore of lake Pamvotis (Παμβώτις). Ioannina is located 410 km (255 mi) northwest of Athens, 260 kilometres (162 miles) southwest of Thessaloniki and 80 km (50 miles) east of the port of Igoumenitsa in the Ionian Sea.
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1. Silversmithing Museum

Castle of Ioannina, Ioannina 45221, Greece +30 2651 064065
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5 based on 133 reviews

Silversmithing Museum

Reviewed By Marciahi - New York City, New York

A true hidden treasure. Excellent museum telling the story of silver making in Ioannina with examples of the craftsmanship. I particularly enjoyed the extensive exhibit on Judaica.

2. Gianniotiko Kosmima

Spilaiou 102, Perama, Ioannina 45500, Greece +30 2651 081209
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Gianniotiko Kosmima

It is a family business which for almost thirty years offers a wide diversity of silver jewels and objects of traditional art. Gianniotiko Kosmima, the jewelry shop of George Kontogiannis, is located in Perama. Perama is a village four kilometers away from the centre of Ioannina city. The shop of Gianniotiko Kosmima is just ten meters away from the entrance of the remarkable natural's beauty cave of Perama. Customers may find jewels and objects of unique beauty and of excellent quality in our shop. Staying loyal to tradition but also following the latest fashion trends we intend to satisfy every need of our clients. We also created an online eshop in order to cover the needs of our clients that live far from Ioannina and for those that they wish to know us.

3. Ali Pasha Museum

Ioannina 455 00, Greece
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4.5 based on 152 reviews

Ali Pasha Museum

Reviewed By arcas2017 - Tripoli, Greece

The house where Ali Pasha was murdered is located on the island of Ioannina. To go there you will need to take the boat which costs 2€ per person. As you walk through the alleys you will see shops with jellewery, homemade sweets, cafes and restaurants.
The entrance for the museum and the house is 3€ and 2€ for the kids. You won't need a guide because as you enter the story for his life, his wedding with lady Frosini and his murder are recorded.

4. Ioannina Castle

Averof Street, Ioannina, Greece +30 2651 064065
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4.5 based on 544 reviews

Ioannina Castle

Reviewed By Spiros T

Not much remains from the 19th century splendor of Ali Pashas palace . However someone can easily understand how well fortified this place was and the Ottoman legacy that has been left back through the beautiful mosque .

5. Lake Pamvotis

Ioannina Town, Ioannina 452 21, Greece +30 2651 081791
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4.5 based on 603 reviews

Lake Pamvotis

Reviewed By Hotel R - Ioannina Region, Greece

Lake Pamvotida or Pamvotis (Greek: Λίμνη Παμβώτιδα/Παμβώτις[1]), commonly also Lake of Ioannina (Greek: Λίμνη των Ιωαννίνων, Limni ton Ioanninon) is the largest lake of Epirus, located in the central part of the Ioannina regional unit in northern Greece. The regional capital Ioannina to the west and the town of Perama to the north are urban settlements fringing the lake while the remaining of its periphery is composed of farmland. The lake features small fishing ports and a boating port. There is a regular boat service to the Ioannina Island. The Greek National Road 6 surrounds the northern half of the lake.

6. Archaeological Museum of Ioannina

Plateia 25 Martiou, Ioannina 452 21, Greece +30 2651 001052
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4.5 based on 101 reviews

Archaeological Museum of Ioannina

Reviewed By Stavros S - West Greece, Greece

This is a modern in design small museum that you can visit easily. It is one of the museums in Europe that was voted "exellent". The theme of the exibition is the life of the local inhabitands more than 2000 B.C including agricultural, cosmetic, industrial and ethical aspects of their life. It is interesting as here was esrablished one of the oldest open Theaters and parliaments as well " churches" in the ancient world, named Dodoni. The museum is well organized easy to understand with videos and nice "windows". It is situated in the city center and you can park in the nearby open municipal parking.

7. Dodoni Sanctuary and Theatre

Dodoni, Ioannina, Greece +30 2651 082287
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4 based on 239 reviews

Dodoni Sanctuary and Theatre

Reviewed By VVThanx - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Very interesting archeological site about 20 minutes from Ioannina . The interpretation could be better, it helped that we had read about it and had a guide book. The theatre is large and in excellent condition. A trip to the Archeological museum at Ioannina before hand would be helpful also.

8. The Clock of Ioannina

Plateia Andrea Papandreou 5 | Averof, Ioannina 45221, Greece
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The Clock of Ioannina

Reviewed By R_TheReader - NY

As a clock tower, there is little to say about it - a regular clock tower, with some touches: a bell on top and inscriptions in arab script.
The thing is: visible from the main road right in the town center, the clock is both a reference and a meeting point. So, much more than a clock, it looks like the symbol of the town.

9. Municipal Ethnographic Museum of Ioannina

8 Noutsou Alexiou, Ioannina 452 21, Greece +30 2651 026356
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4 based on 42 reviews

Municipal Ethnographic Museum of Ioannina

Reviewed By Kostis K - Maastricht, The Netherlands

This is a nice small museum which contains artifacts from the three communities that coexisted in the town until the early twentieth century. As other commentators have already noted, presentation of the exhibits is rather dated and the tombstones that are piled and abandoned at its exterior are a rather sad picture. The ticket is affordable. The museum is located at the NE Citadel of the fortress. It is housed in a remarkable building, the mosque of Aslan Pasha, which is worth a visit in its own right. The mosque was built in 1618 in the location of an earlier christian church. The tomb of Aslan Pasha is located next to the mosque, at its SE side.

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