Epirus is the most mountainous part of Greece; three quarters of
it consists of high peaks and steep hills.
It has lost many of its inhabitants to the search for a kinder
fate. Emigration has left its mark on Epirus, with the pain of
separation inspiring the richest collection of Greek popular
songs, while at the same time the sons of Epirus were great
benefactors who did much to support the modern Greek state.
When the emigrants returned to their homeland, they felt obliged
to use the traditional building crafts to erect a home, and thus
today we have in the villages of Zagoria the most important
chain of mountain settlements in the country.
Epirus is known for its exquisite stone bridges, whose
architecture and legends culminate in the bridge at Arta.
Dracolimni on Mt. Gamila and Pamvotis at loannina are among the
country’s most beautiful lakes.
The rivers of Epirus are rated among the best in Europe for
trout fishing and for white water canoeing.
The old myth makes it possible for the visitor to the very
ancient oracle of Dodona to hear in the rustling of the oak tree
prophecies of his destiny.
On the islet in lake Pamvotis you can see icons in the Monastery
of the Philanthropists which have the faces of the philosophers
of antiquity, a genuine expression of the Greek Christian