Traditional local cooking
Ioannina aerial view
Ioannina lake sunset
The Silversmithing Museum
Ioannina Castle (from the inside
Nikos is a Greek History-Archaeology expert, and will help visitors discover the most significant hotspots, historic places of interest, and authentic local people. They will also learn the works of traditional silversmithing, as well as the basics of the mouth-watering local cuisine
WHAT you will LEARN:
Comprehensive local walk-around, to appreciate the rich history and culture of the city
Experience local traditional silversmithing and cuisine
Nikos – Ioannina, an insiders’ trail on local crafts and history
Itinerary: how we'll spend the day and what we'll do together
Visitors will enjoy a thorough walk-around, which will cover the most significant hotspots and historic places of interest. They will have a chance to discover and appreciate the rich local history, tradition and architecture, visit little-known areas, and socialise with authentic local people in order to delve into their day-to-day way of life
A close encounter with local crafts is included, which will cover traditional silversmithing at local workshops, which Epirus is renowned for, and food tasting that will offer ample opportunity for guests to appreciate the diverse multitude of local dishes, recipes and wines
Place of ORIGIN: Sparta
LIVES in: Ioannina, Epirus
LOVES: reading, sports, dancing, music
Has TRAVELLED to: many places in Greece
Personal TRAITS: has excellent knowledge of local history and traditions, further to his active involvement in academic research programs
Nikos Zacharakis is your Host
Nikos is a Greek History-Archaeology university graduate and holds a post-graduate degree in Folklore Arts. He is currently finishing his Ph.D and is also a certified tour guide, with his unique specialization and profound knowledge covering Epirus and the Ionian Islands
Place: Ioannina, Epirus
Meeting Point: Ioannina central square
Duration: 8 hours
Price: 90 euros per person
Availability: 1 May - 31 October
Group size: 4 persons max
What’s SPECIAL about this experience: visitors will enjoy a unique opportunity to become acquainted with local way of life, folklore and history, by meeting and socialising with local people and taking part in their activities and traditions
Ioannina - Where the Experience will take place
What Wikipedia says
Ioannina is the capital and largest city of Epirus, an administrative region in north-western Greece. Its populations is 112,486, according to 2011 census. It lies at an elevation of approximately 500 metres (1,640 feet) above sea level, on the western shore of lake Pamvotis (Παμβώτις). It is the capital of Ioannina regional unit and the region of Epirus. Ioannina is located 450 km (280 mi) northwest of Athens.
Founded by the Byzantine Emperor Justinian in the 6th century AD, Ioannina flourished following the Fourth Crusade, when many wealthy Byzantine families fled there in the early 13th century following the sack of Constantinople. It was part of the Despotate of Epirus from 1358 to 1416, before surrendering to the Ottomans in 1430. Between 1430 and 1868 the city was the administrative center of the Pashalik of Yanina. In the period between the 18th and 19th centuries, the city was a major center of the modern Greek Enlightenment. Ioannina joined Greece in 1913 following the Balkan Wars.
Landmarks and sights include: Isle of Lake Pamvotis, Ioannina Island, Ioannina Castle, Fethiye Mosque, Greek Orthodox churches, Ottoman mosques, Jewish Synagogue of Ioannina, The National Archaeological Museum of Ioannina, the city's Byzantine, the Municipal Ethnographic Museum and the Municipal Art Gallery of Ioannina. Near Ioannina, 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) south of the city, lies the Pavlos Vrellis Greek History Museum, a wax museum which covers events and personalities from Greek history.
The region of Ioannina is well known for the production of Feta cheese and its Baklava. The area is also famous for its spring water Zagori, which is sold over much of Greece. Ioannina is famous throughout Greece for its silverwork, with a plethora of shops selling silver jewelry, bronzeware and decorative items (serving trays, recreations of shields and swords, etc.).