Epirus, the Land of cypress green and turquoise blue
Epirus, located in the northwest corner of Greece, only just arrived as a tourism destination. Its landscape is still unspoiled, and reaches from lacey coastal line with the turquise waters to the mountainous landscape of Pindos.
Whether it is a relaxed swimming holiday you wish, or an adventurous hiking trip, a religious pilgrimage or an educating experience, Epirus offers it all.
Historic monuments reaching from the depths of Greece's history, to breathtaking gorges, sandy beaches, rare flora and fauna, there certainly is enough to do, see, hear, live. Enough to enrich your holidays with wild, asthonishing, wondrous experiences.
Explore our informative subsites on Sivota to learn about things to do in Sivota and on Excursions to learn about nearby daytrip destinations. Naturally, the hotel offers reservations for organized excursions, where applicable (even when you book your room), and lunch baskets for your daily adventures.
The city has rich history, apparent in the modern cityscape. It experienced its peak during the turkish domination in the late 18th century, until the Greek revolution. The city has many attractions worth visiting, but one cannot leave the city without having visited: the Pavlos Vrellis Museum of Wax effigies, the lake and its island (with the Ali Pasha residence and a museum), the Perama Cavern, the castle of Ioannina (with the Museums of Byzantium, Ethnography and Weapons in it), the mosques and the Archaeological Museum.
Also worth a visit while in the area is the ancient city of Dodoni, one of the best preserved ancient cities in the country. Its theatre is still in use today. Many byzantine churches and locations of interest are also visitable in this area.
By use of Egnatia Odos, Ioannina is only one hour away from Sivota, by car, making it an ideal destination for a short visit during your stay with us.
Attractions most worth visiting: the Liston Esplanade, filled with cafes (try their Ginger beer), the church of Saint Spiridon (the towns patron), the Old Fort, the Palace of St. Michael and St. George. Definitely buy handmade lace, for which the island is famous. Also visit Kanoni and Pondikonisi (the known postcard view from Corfu) with its monastery of Panagia Vlachernon.
First stop is Lakka village, in the north of the island for a brief stop so you can poke around the village a little. Then it takes you to around Paxos islands and enters a visitable cave to the back and proceeds to Antipaxos, where it docks briefly for a swim. The cruise continues to Gaios village, which is the islands capital, for a lunch break. Pick one of the island tavernas for your lunch. In the evening, it returns back to Sivota harbour. The perfect setting for a day trip!!
Most interesting sites are the roman and byzantine fortifications, the Roman theatre, the Roman conservatory, the Nimfeo water tanks and the northern baths. Do not omit the Museum of Nikopolis.
Also worth visiting is the Acheron Oracle (nekromanteio), near the village of Messopotamos, the gates to Hades. Three rivers of the area merged to the Acherousia lake (no more in place), in a gloomy atmoshpere. Charos would row the souls of the diseased accross the lake, to Hades. The remains of the Oracle may be found today on a hill over the village of Messopotamos, with remnants of the original structures clearly visible. Infact, one of them has excellent acoustics. A must see!