Date visited: September 2017

Photos taken by: Effie Edits Inc.

Our home base in Greece was in a small town just outside of Ioannina called Katsikas.  This is where Alex is from and a perfect place to be for day trips to Ioannina and Surrounding Area.

The city of Ioannina is so pretty.  The focal point of the city is Ioannina Lake, also known as Lake Pamvotida.  There is a walkway around much of the lake with cafes, restaurants and many tourists shops.  This picture below is the view from town, across the lake at a small town called Lingiades, halfway up the hill.

In this next picture, we took a little drive up to the town of Lingiades and took a photo looking back down at the town of Ioannina.  As you can see it’s an amazing view!

Ioannina is a great city to walk around in.  It’s quite small, with a population of 65,000.  Most shops in town are small, family owned shops.  Lots of restaurants, cafes, and silversmiths are big here.  

If you head southwest from Ioannina, you end up in Parga.  Parga is my favourite little seaside town in Greece.  It take an hour and a half to drive from Ioannina to Parga.  The water here is crystal clear, the hills are green, and the homes absolutely charming.

A short drive from Parga is Sarakiniko Beach (about a 20 minute drive).  It feels like paradise!

If you head north from Ioaninna, you end up in Vikos National Park.  One of the deepest gorges in the world is here at Vikos Gorge.  The views in this park are breathtaking.  It’s the perfect park for hiking.

After hiking uphill for about 2 hours, we reached the Monastary of Stomio.  It’s open to the public for viewing, lighting a candle and having a moment of peace.  Also, absolutely incredible views from this point.

Last but not least, here are a few images from the small farming town of Katsikas.  It’s only a 10 minute drive from the city of Ioannina.  Most of the town’s older population are chicken farmers or sheep herders.  Or both!  Life is wonderfully simple here.  The air is clean, the landscape is stunning and the people pretty wonderful.

Ioannina and Surrounding Area


Ioannina was the second stop in our European vacation.  Paris was the first stop, and London was the third stop.  Take a look if you’re interested.  Thanks for reading!

Yours Truly …. Yula