IGOUMENITSA OPENS UP A WHOLE NEW GREECE

The modern day history of our port begins in 1939, shortly after the city of Igoumenitsa was declared capital of Thesprotia Prefecture. The first regular ferry services were established here in the 1950s’, linking Greece’s northwest mainland to Corfu and Paxoi islands. In the 1960s’ the historic Hellenic Mediterranean Lines inaugurated regular ferry services to Italy and a pier was constructed in what today is the “Old Port”. In 2001, our Port Authority was incorporated and restructured to meet modern international standards. Currently, about 3 million passengers, 650,000 private cars and 250,000 trucks travel through our port each year. The recently completed Phase B’ of our development projects greatly increases our port’s capabilities, particularly with regard to passenger shipping services, and this encourages us to have an optimistic view of the future. Among our highest priorities is to become an important Mediterranean cruise port. Certainly, the bulk of our year round business will continue to be ferries and cargo, but we have designed our New Port in such a way so as to be able to operate diverse activities without disruptions between them. This is why we have allocated the docking area closest to the city centre and one of our new terminals for serving cruise calls, keeping ferry and cargo activities well separated.

When it comes to cruising, our philosophy is based on flexibility and a willingness to customise to each different brand by working closely with operators to achieve their fullest possible satisfaction. Among the many highlights that are accessible from Igoumenitsa on full and half day tours are the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Meteora, the fascinating lakeside city of Ioannina, the rare Byzantine treasures of Arta, Octavian’s city of Nicopolis, the charming seaside towns of Syvota, Parga and Preveza and the amazing eagle nest villages of Zagori. Epirus is a destination full of historic, religious and cultural attractions, breathtaking landscapes and untouched natural beauty, and has some of the best beaches in the Ionian.

 

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