Top 10 Things to do in Ioannina Region, Greece

September 6, 2017 Janean Rudisill

Discover the best top things to do in Ioannina Region, Greece including Silversmithing Museum, Voidomatis River, Vikos – Aoos National Park, Folk Art Museum Tossizza Mansion, Pavlos Vrellis Museum of Greek History, Averoff Gallery, Agia Paraskevi Monastery, Ali Pasha Museum, Papingo Rock Pools, Ioannina Castle.
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1. Silversmithing Museum

Castle of Ioannina, Ioannina 45221, Greece +30 2651 064065
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5 based on 133 reviews

Silversmithing Museum

Reviewed By Marciahi - New York City, New York

A true hidden treasure. Excellent museum telling the story of silver making in Ioannina with examples of the craftsmanship. I particularly enjoyed the extensive exhibit on Judaica.

2. Voidomatis River

Klidonia Voidomatis, Greece +30 694 475 0009
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5 based on 180 reviews

Voidomatis River

Reviewed By OphirB - Yokneam Moshava

This rive has fantastic colors once it gets out of the ground. If you'll visit the Vikos canyon observation points, which have amazing views of their own, you'll be quite surprised to see that the river is (may be) actually dry on those spots. But further down, definitely below the village of Vikos and under the bridge of the road that leads to Papigo and Micro Papigo, the river is flowing in marvelous colors and allows a wonderful rafting experience (as long as you're in for the views and not for the rafting itself which is VERY calm). Overall, wonderful experience with amazing nature and river views.

3. Vikos – Aoos National Park

Greece
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5 based on 132 reviews

Vikos – Aoos National Park

Reviewed By AlexanderP6308 - Uppsala, Sweden

We walked from Monodendri to Vikos. Prior to our walk, the owner of Karpouzis Guesthouse at Vikos gave us a ride to Monodendri (40 min, 35 EUR).
We had a problem finding good descriptions of the route. Neither it is well marked. Most of the way one should follow red marks "03". It took us 7.5 hours including a 1-hour picknick lunch break.
The weather was hot and there was no running water in the gorge, just few poles inhabited by frogs. Water that we dared to drink was available in only one (!) location, in the middle of the route.
The first half of the path is quite uneven, stony, up and down. The second half is much easier, except the final steep ascend to Vikos.
Views are magnificent, especially closer to Vikos where the landscape is more open. Otherwise one needs to enter the river path to enjoy the views. But: don't even think continuing along the river path instead of the trail. In other words: don't leave the trail.
We managed to see a turtle in the forest soon after leaving Monodendri.
At Vikos, we enjoyed a dinner at Karpouzis Guesthouse a lot - recommended!

4. Folk Art Museum Tossizza Mansion

Off main street, Metsovo 442 00, Greece +30 2656 041084
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5 based on 160 reviews

Folk Art Museum Tossizza Mansion

A traditional 19th century mansion, decorated in the style of the period with objects of local handicraft, wood carvings, hand-woven rugs, traditional costumes, collections of jewelry, bronze and silverware, swords and rifles. The museum also houses a rare collection og Byzantine icons. Recently opened on the third floor is the apartment of Evangelos Averoff-Tossizza. Operating hours: Closed on Thursdays 9.00-13.30 / 15.00-17.00 (winter time)and 9.00-13.30 / 16.00-18.00 (summer time)

Reviewed By rahsan y

It is a little bit difficult to find. There are not enough signs to guide you. You have to ask locals several times. While walking on the road to the museum, when you see a small park like place with roses on your left, climb up.

5. Pavlos Vrellis Museum of Greek History

12th km National Road Ioanninon - Athinon, Bizani 45500, Greece +30 2651 092128
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5 based on 686 reviews

Pavlos Vrellis Museum of Greek History

Reviewed By SophiaSeriouslyNow - Athens, Greece

This is the Madam Tussaud's of Ioannina. A time-travel through greek history, the turkish occupation and the greek uprising against the Turks. Single-handedly made by one man with vision, Mr Vrellis. Excellent work

Metsovo 44200, Greece +30 2656 041210
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4.5 based on 187 reviews

Averoff Gallery

The Averoff Gallery is a museum of modern Greek Art. The permanent exhibition displays a selection of 250 paintings, drawings, sculptures and engravings by the foremost Greek artists of the 19th and 20th century, Temporary Exhibitions are also organised.

Reviewed By NomadicTraveller7 - Fuerteventura

This was a very nice and surprisingly large museum. The collection of 19th and 20th century Greek paintings was very good, , however we particularly liked the extensive exhibition of old pictures from Metsovo. We were the only visitors when we were in the museum....MoreThank you for your kind words for our Museum. Our permanent exhibition displays a selection of 250 paintings, drawings, sculptures and engravings by the foremost Greek artists of the 19th and 20th century. We hope to welcome you again!

7. Agia Paraskevi Monastery

Monodendri 44007, Greece +30 694 480 9615
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4.5 based on 128 reviews

Agia Paraskevi Monastery

Reviewed By NomadicTraveller7 - Fuerteventura

The monastery was interesting and built with lovely local stone. It is not far from the main square in Monodendri. The highlight is the view of the Vikos Gorge from the Terrace through a little archway at the northern end of the monastery. Keep walking though until you find it. Strangely for such a quiet place, there was a lady in a little gift shop with little things for sale. We did not find any to buy.

8. Ali Pasha Museum

Ioannina 455 00, Greece
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4.5 based on 152 reviews

Ali Pasha Museum

Reviewed By arcas2017 - Tripoli, Greece

The house where Ali Pasha was murdered is located on the island of Ioannina. To go there you will need to take the boat which costs 2€ per person. As you walk through the alleys you will see shops with jellewery, homemade sweets, cafes and restaurants.
The entrance for the museum and the house is 3€ and 2€ for the kids. You won't need a guide because as you enter the story for his life, his wedding with lady Frosini and his murder are recorded.

9. Papingo Rock Pools

Papigo, Papigko 44004, Greece
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4.5 based on 367 reviews

Papingo Rock Pools

Reviewed By LadyPavlova - Essex, United Kingdom

These are on the road towards Papingo and are so interesting to see. Unfortunately there was no water when we went end September/early October but after the winter snows melt, they are bursting with running water when we have been in Spring. You can even swim in early summer. The formations in the rocks are truly beautiful and a lovely place to cool off and have a picnic in warmer months. One thing that concerned us this time, was a huge tube that seemed to come from up the mountain side that was pumping liquid into the poolside???

10. Ioannina Castle

Averof Street, Ioannina, Greece +30 2651 064065
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4.5 based on 544 reviews

Ioannina Castle

Reviewed By Spiros T

Not much remains from the 19th century splendor of Ali Pashas palace . However someone can easily understand how well fortified this place was and the Ottoman legacy that has been left back through the beautiful mosque .

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