IGOUMENITSA OPENS UP A WHOLE NEW GREECE

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The Port of Igoumenitsa provides

The Central Passenger Terminal of the New Port has a modern waiting room, restaurant and shops for the service of passengers, info kiosks and a free wireless network. It provides passengers with a friendly environment and high quality services.

  • Passenger Terminal Building covering a total surface of 6,326 sq.m.
  • Land zone 21,000 sq.m, of which 13,000 sq.m land port zone and 8,000 sq.m parking areas and other auxiliary areas.
  • Provision of water supply and electricity services to ships.

   

Quays:
Total number of quays: 12
Total length of quays: 781 m
Quay depth: 10.5 m
 
Approach Information:
From canal’s entry to port 15’
Entry Canal: 1,700 m length /170 m width / 10.5 m depth
Maneuvering area: 12-18 m depth
 
In the port area are also provided services as:
1.     Coast Guard
2.     Customs House
3.     Sanitary and Veterinary Station
4.     Fire Station
It will be our great pleasure to welcome your esteemed passengers to Igoumenitsa and offer our warm hospitality as they come ashore to discover the ancient land of Epirus and some of Greece’s best kept secrets. 

 

Destinations 

Among the many destinations that can be combined to create a variety of exciting and popular excursions to an area previously inaccessible from the coast, such as: Unesco World Heritage Site of Meteora, Syvota and Parga’s magnificent seaside villages, lakeside town of Ioannina, Arta’s rare Byzantine treasures, Octavian’s Nicopolis and the eagle nest villages of Zagori... and therefore unknown to the cruise lines. The recently completed Egnatia highway that starts at our port and cuts right through the massive mountain ranges of Epirus has made it possible for the cruise lines to access safely and with comfort a totally new dimension of Greece.

Meteora 

The number one attraction that is accessible from Igoumenitsa is the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Meteora, one of the world’s most remarkable monastic clusters. Meteora literally means “suspended in mid air”.The amazingly imposing rocks of Meteora were formed about 60 million years ago and evidence dates human presence there as far back as 50,000 years. Christian hermitage probably started around the 12th Century.  Of the six monasteries still active today, Great Meteoron and Varlaam are the two largest and most visited.

Ioannina, Metsovo, Zagori and Dodoni

Epirus is an astounding region that combines virgin alpine landscapes with green plateaus, rivers and valleys. Steeped in history, with sites and monuments covering all ages of man, Epirus is also rich in local culture, traditional stone built architecture, unusual arts & crafts, as well as special gastronomic interest. The charming lake city of Ioannina, the traditional market town of Metsovo and the pinnacle village cluster of Zagori offer unique travel experiences that combine history with culture and natural beauty. Also, close to Ioannina, is the fascinating archaeological site of Dodoni, one of the main centers of the Ancient Epirot League. 

Thesprotia - Syvota

Apart from its lively waterfront and vibrant shopping district, modern Igoumenitsa offers a glimpse of its long history at the new Archaeological Museum. The port and city have greatly benefited from the extensive Egnantia Highway network, now connecting the whole of Northern Greece from Igoumenitsa in the west to the border with Turkey in the East. Previously Mt Pindos and the mountainous region of Epirus had kept this part of Greece quite isolated.

One of the most important Byzantine monuments of Thesprotia is the 14th Century Monasteryof Giromeri located north of the town of Filiates. Of particular note are the unique 16th Century frescoes, the gilded woodcut templon and the plethora of ecclesiastical artifacts.

Thesprotia is also a summer vacation choice. Washed by the aqua green waters of the Ionian Sea, the beautiful coastline is a series of secluded bays dotted with tiny islets and seaside villages. Long popular with yachtsmen, quaint Syvota is just such a resort. Its busy marina, waterfront tavernas and cafés and pristine beaches nearby are just a few reasons for visiting Syvota.

Parga - Preveza

Parga is a charming seaside town set in an attractive bay with a small green islet at its centre. Like Preveza, the old quarter is reminiscent of a Greek island settlement and its waterfront is lively with cafés, taverns and shops. Among its features there is a 17th Century Venetian Castle, originally built by the Normans in the 14th Century, a number of churches and an ecclesiastical and folkloric museum. Not far from Parga lies the important archaeological site of Necromanteio (Oracle of the Dead), near the Acheron River. According to ancient belief, it is close to where the souls of the dead would begin their journey up river to reach Lake Acherusia and the Gates of Hades.  Close to Preveza is the fascinating archaeological site of Nicopolis. Literally “Victory City”, it was founded by Octavian after crushing Mark Anthony’s fleet in the Battle of Actium (31 BC). Nicopolis flourished as capital of the Roman province Epirus Vetus, but from the 9th Century AD onward barbarian invasions drove it to decline. Visitors can see the city walls, a monument  to Octavian, a theatre, an Odeon, the Nympheon, early Christian basilicas and a nearby archaeological museum.

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