“INSPIRING EPIRUS” – An unspoiled corner of Greece!
Epirus is a rural and unspoiled part of the Greek mainland often missed by tourists because it is tucked away in the north western corner of the country, next to Albania.
However, Epirus has much to offer the discerning traveler. Wonderful historic sites… stunning scenery (coastal and wetland, mountains and valleys, gorges and rivers)… beautiful beaches…. picturesque and traditional villages… it has it all!
Those who enjoy a relaxing holiday will find Epirus the perfect location - it is traditional Greece at its most peaceful and laid back. There are plenty of beaches along the attractive coastline,from long sandy beaches to shingle coves.
For the more active person, there is walking, climbing and horse riding, as well as a wealth of places to visit, such as archaeological sites, museums or cultural centres. There are also many natural sites of great beauty worth visiting. All of these can be reached easily, either on foot or by car.
It’s worth considering hiring a car, because there is so much more of Epirus to see. The area contains some stunning sites that really should be world famous but which are hardly known or visited, and they are all within an hour’s drive of our base, the attractive seaside village of Sivota.
Within easy driving distance are:
- The hills and traditional villages of Zagoria
- The ancient oracle and theatre at Dodoni, one of the most sacred sites in the whole of Greece
- The historic city and lake of Ioannina.
A new driver-friendly motorway gives you access to:
- The Meteora, with its monasteries perched precariously atop strange rock formations
- Vergina and the tomb of Philip of Macedon (father of Alexander the Great)
- And many other places of interest...
Closer to Sivota there are plenty of excellent tavernas and traditional cafes where you can experience the best of Greek cooking and the old Greek way of life – something which can be hard to find on the most popular Greek islands! There is also a good selection of shops and supermarkets in the area to supply all your needs. And don’t forget, of course, that some of the best beaches in Greece are to be found in the Sivota area and along the Epirus coast.
You will receive a very warm welcome from the locals all around the Epirus region, who will be genuinely delighted to show you to their corner of Greece. Visit the new archaeological museum in Igoumenitsa, for instance, or the Natura sites Information Centre in Sagiada, or any of the tourist information centres, and you will find the staff only be too pleased to explain anything you want explaining to help you make the most of your visit.
Choose Epirus, this wonderful undiscovered corner of Greece, for your next Greek holiday - we are certain you will have the most memorable time.
Give it a try!
Sivota - Thesprotia
The seaside village of Sivota lies in a small natural harbour on the coast of Epirus, opposite the Ionian island of Corfu and about 20 miles south of the port of Igoumenitsa. Recognised for its beautiful natural surroundings and pristine beaches along its neighbouring coast, Sivota has already been discovered by travellers to Greece and by Greeks themselves. An attractive holiday centre in its own right, Sivota is an excellent base from which to explore Epirus and all the treasures it has to offer.
Sivota is a large village of some 3000 people. Most of the holiday accommodation in and around the village is quite new and built to high modern standards. Some of the latest villas are exceptionally well designed and luxuriously equipped.
The harbour area has a range of tavernas, cafes and shops and is a hive of activity in the season, with sailing flotillas bringing additional custom for the locals. For those who don’t sail, an easier option is to hire a small motor boat from the harbour. From here, you can explore the intriguing tiny islands just off Sivota, where a day can easily be spent sunbathing and picnicking on the deserted beaches.
Sivota offers much more than just a beach holiday and there are few more interesting or scenically beautiful parts of Greece than the surrounding region. The picturesque villages of Faskomilia, Argyrotopos and Polyneri are redolent of the old Greece and well worth a visit. The more celebrated sites of Necromanteion and Dodoni are an easy hour’s drive away. Drive slightly further and you will come to the lake and town of Ioannina, the beautiful landscapes of Zagoria and the mysterious cliff-top monasteries of the Meteora.