AN EXCURSION TO THE ISLAND WITHOUT A NAME
The Island of Ioannina, as it is known, is formed in the center of the lake Pamvotida, the second most ancient European lake, that hosts rare species of flora and fauna. It is one of the few lake islands in the world, which is inhabited and the only one that does not have a name. The arrival in the Island gives the impression that time in this place has stopped. The settlement of the Island has been described as traditional because of the scenic houses, with their small yards full of flowers, and the little souvenir shops selling folk and objects.
Nowadays, the Island is the third most important monastic center in Greece, after the monastic community of Athos and Meteora, due to its seven remarkable Monasteries. The history of the Island is connected to the infamous Ottoman Albanian ruler Ali Pasha, also known as the Lion of Epirus. Ali Pasha has a tragic end, as he was assassinated by Soultan's toops, in the cells of the Monastery of St. Panteleimonas, in the Island.
Minimun Number of People: 5 pax
Professional Religious Guide: Katerina Ioannidou
We will visit the following remarkable monuments accompanied by a tour guide:
- The Monastery of St. Nocolas Philanthropion or Spanos (free entrance)
- The Monastery of Panagia Eleousa (free entrance)
- The Museum of Ali Pasha and Revolutionary Period (entry price: 3€/per person or 2€/per person for groups)
* There will be a stop for coffee and food (not included in the cost)
Departure: at 11.00am from Molos (lakefront), the small port that serves the ferries to the Island (the boat ride takes 10 minutes and the ticket costs 2€/per person.
Returning to Ioannina: at 14.20pm.
Cost per person: 25€ (transfer with the ferry-boat is included/in the city center)