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Ionian Epirus

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A June 2011 trip to Greece by MagdaDH_AlexH

Acheron River Photo, Evia, Greece More Photos
Quote: 10 days at the Ionian coast, from Iguomenitsa to Perveza

Nekromanteion Oracle of Ephyra

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Attraction | "The Halls of Hades"

Nekromanteion Oracle of Ephyra Photo, Igoumenitsa, Greece
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If I was writing eighty or even sixty years ago, I would simply start thus: 'Do you remember when the Odysseus goes to the underworld to ask the spirits of the dead the way home?'. Nowadays of course such an assumption of a canon would be foolish, or worse (the worst, perhaps, post-modern offence), naïve. Let's go back to the text then. Circe thus advises Odysseus when he asks her the way to Ithaca: "You must go to the house of Hades and of dread Proserpine to consult the ghost of the blind Theban prophet Teiresias." Odysseus is rather dismayed, but still sails "to the fertile shore of Proserpine's country with its groves of tall poplars and willows (...) to the dark abode of Hades (...) n...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 9, 2011

Nekromanteion Oracle of Ephyra
Prefecture of Preveza - Municipality of Fanari In Mesopotamo
Parga
30-26840-41206.

Sarakiniko Beach

Attraction | "Pretty cove with white shingle beach"

Sarakiniko Beach Photo, Milos, Greece
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Sarakiniko Beach lies a bit of a drive off the main road, turning off in Anthousa. The road is narrow, bendy and not great at the very end, but at the end lies a pretty cove enclosed by two craggy headlands, with several rocks dotted in the bay and a crescent of a mostly shingle beach. There are quite a few parasols and loungers for hire, but also a section free of those for visitors who came with their own gear. We visited in the later afternoon, and what seemed like a large boat party was just departing and thus we had quite a bit of space. I think it would be quite crowded and a bit claustrophobic if we were there where all those people were occupying the loungers. There is ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 9, 2011

Sarakiniko Beach
Near Anthousa
Milos Island

Ammoudia resort and beach

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Ammoudia beach Photo, Greece, Europe
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Ammoudia (or Amoudia) is a small resort village located by the mouth of the Acheron river about 4km from the main Igoumenitsa – Perveza road and a bigger village of Mesopotamos (Mesopotamio). There are other Ammoudias in Greece, so make sure you find the right one if looking it up. The village is situated on a sheltered bay and has a choice of accommodation (hotels, rooms and camping facilities) in addition to several shops selling food and holiday gear, a cahspoint and a few restaurants (many in hotels). We stayed in the great value and friendly Panorama hotel (see review) but ate several times in the restaurant of the Spiros hotel where we found friendly service and really go...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 8, 2011

Acheron River

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Attraction | "Bitter Sweet"

Acheron River Photo, Evia, Greece
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Acheron river, originally the ancient river of woe, with waters bitter and poisonous, flows into the Ionian sea from the Epirus mountains. It springs to live some 25km inland, near the village of Glyki, named thus in memory of St Donatus who, in the Christian legend, killed the ogre that made Acheron's water foul and turned them sweet. Nowadays, the mythological significance aside, the springs of Acheron are an out-doorsy sort of attraction, known for the unearthly beauty of the landscape and the challenge of wading up the river in the gorge. The drive inland is itself interesting, the hills getting wilder and the roads narrower with every kilometre. It's dusty and hot, hot, h...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 9, 2011

Acheron River
Epirus Region
Gliki, Greece

Castle of Anthoussa

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Attraction | "The better Parga Castle"

Castle of Anthoussa Photo, Greece, Europe
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The coastal settlement of Parga, now a busy resort that still retains quite a bit of an old-village charm is situated beautifully on the coast of the Ionian Sea opposite the small island of Paxos. It is a popular place, with masses of accommodation, shops and restaurants catering to holiday makers, many of the British. The harbour is rather pretty, and the islet of Virgin Mary located in the middle of the cove adds a special charm. All in all, it's not a bad resort as far as resorts go, and if you come here in the shoulder or low season you are likely to get the best of it. We visited in late July and it was just a bit too busy and crowded for our liking. The beach especially was astonishi...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 9, 2011

Castle of Anthoussa

Parga, Greece

Angelika Pallas

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Hotel | "Comfortable sleep very near the ferry terminal"

Angelika Pallas Photo, Igoumenitsa, Greece
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Angelika Pallas is a large hotel located very near the Igoumenitsa ferry terminal, easily accessible and very easy to find for anybody arriving on a ferry or planning to travel on one. It is nominally a three star and I think the actual standard of the hotel fits this rating. We arrived very late (around 2am) and in a bit of a state, but the guy at the reception was calm, understanding and helpful. We were offered a triple room for 75 Euro with breakfast, which is not a great price for Greece but not a terrible one for a decent three star. The lobby with its glass lift and a spacious aspect has quite a grand but a bit dated (sort of 90's) feeling, and the room matched the lobby...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 8, 2011

Angelika Pallas
Agion Apostolon Street 145
Igoumenitsa, Epirus 46100
877-662-6988

Panorama Hotel

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Hotel | "Exceeds Expectations"

Panorama Hotel Photo, Greece, Europe
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Panorama figures as a one or two star hotel or possibly even just "rooms to rent" on various websites. We found it with excellent customer ratings and good-looking prices (40 euro for a triple room in July) and thus decided to spend a few days of the Greek part of our mega-European tour there. The hotel is located in a small resort village on a Ionian sea coast, equidistant (at around 30 miles) from Iguomenitsa and Perveza. The village of Ammoudia lies at the mouth of Acheron river, on a gently curving, semi-sheltered bay with a sandy beach. Panorama hotel is within couple of minutes walk of the beach – which can be seen from some of the rooms, and as close to a couple of basic grocery cu...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 7, 2011

Panorama Hotel
Mesopotamou - Amoudias
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