PREVEZA - WITH ISLAND AIR
The prefecture of Preveza southwest of Epirus, borders the prefectures of Thesprotia, Ioannina, Arta and is bathed by the Amvrakikos gulf and the Ionian Sea. The capital is Preveza, built at the entrance of the Amvrakikos gulf with many monuments to testify the historical heritage and to confirm the designation "crossroads of civilizations". It combines amazing mountains, plains and ecosystems along the rivers of Louros and Acheron and Lake Ziros. It is built on a peninsula, which is washed by the Ionian Sea, has a 60 km coastline and its port is connected with Italy and the Ionian islands. It is famous for its beaches, clear waters, white pebbles and unique views. The manorial city of Preveza is its administrative, commercial and spiritual center.
The Venetian Clock Tower, with its sundial from 1752 is built next to the Metropolitan Church of Agios Charalambos of the 18th century with the impressive iconostasis. Seitan Bazaar, known as the Devil's Bazaar is the most interesting street in the city center where the house of the famous poet Kariotakis is located. The pedestrianized promenade of the city offers a unique view. The Castle of the Pantocrator or Uts Kale seems to float in the sea, and has dark tunnels that lead to impressive plateaus bathed by Ionian waves. The castle of Agios Andreas or Its Kale is of the 17th century repaired by the Venetians. The third castle of Agios Georgios, or Geni Kale, was built by Ali Pasha in the early 19th century.
Parga with its island color is one of the most famous cosmopolitan destinations with its characteristic cobbled streets and traditional houses. The castle of Parga dominates at the entrance of the port on a hill next to the beach of Valtos. It is the commercial and shipping center of the region, with many shops and businesses built by the Venetians in the 17th century and was impregnable throughout the rule of Ali Pasha. The islet of Ag. Nikolaou, the island of Panagia, but also around the castle, are areas offered for lovers of diving, jet skiing, water skiing, parachuting and windsurfing. From the port of Parga one can make a day trip to the picturesque Paxos and Antipaxos.
Zalongo is one of the most historic mountains in Greece in the mountain range of Kasopia of Epirus known for the pre-revolutionary period of 1821 and the Dance of Zalongos. In the village of Kamarina, dominates the monument of the Sacred Rock, with the stone Souliotises that was built in honor of the heroes who preferred to fall on the cliff rather than surrender to Ali Pasha. The Acheron Necropolis is built on the top of a hill in the Acheron plain, through which the rivers Acheron, Kokytos and Pyriflegethon pass, forming the Acherousia lake. It was the gateway to the underworld, always according to legend, and in the oracle the faithful could communicate with their loved ones. Gliki is a historic village in the area, on the bank of the river Acheron with the church of Panagia Gliki built in the mid-Byzantine era.
Kassopi, was built on the slopes of Zalongos, on a natural plateau to protect the fertile plain from exploitation. It has great monuments such as the Walls, the North Stoa, the Western Stoa, the Rector's Office, the Odeon, the Theater, the Altar of Aphrodite, the Altar of Apollo, as well as the Temple of Aphrodite, outside the citadel of Zalongos. Ancient Nikopolis is the place where the naval battle of Aktio took place between the fleets of Octavian and Cleopatra. In its area are the museum of Nikopolis, the Nymphaeum of the Roman Aqueduct, the theater, the conservatory and 6 Byzantine churches with rare mosaic floors. The area has been designated as "archaeological zone A".
Ammoudia is a coastal settlement at the mouth of Acheron in a picturesque bay, is an important tourist resort and attracts many visitors. Lygia is famous for its beautiful beaches and its picturesque port that receives visitors from nearby destinations. Loutsa is a destination for quiet holidays as it has a lush forest that reaches the shores, and clear waters that characterize the settlement. Kastrosykia is built on the homonymous cape, famous for its long beach and picturesque landscape. It is worth visiting the monastery of Agia Pelagia, of the 15th century. In the village of Agios Georgios is the Roman Aqueduct, the springs of Agios Georgios, the Hydroelectric Dam of Louros as well as the cave of Asprochalikos.
The Amvrakikos Gulf is a unique place that communicates with the Ionian Sea through a narrow canal just 500 meters wide, between Aktio and Preveza protected by the Ramsar International Treaty. It is a refuge for aquatic and predatory birds but also a migratory destination for 270 species of birds with a total population of 150,000, and other animals. Lake Zirou near Filippiada is an ideal place for recreation and walking routes next to the lakeside forest of Nerofrakson. The vegetation around the lake is very dense and inaccessible while the bird fauna in and around the lake is of great interest. It is an ideal destination for lovers of hiking and cycling as it offers unique beauty and unspoiled nature.
The beaches of the prefecture welcome every year many visitors such as Monolithi which is one of the largest in the country. Kastrosykia is a well-known beach, mainly family-run, with shallow waters and endless sandy beach. Alonaki is a beach in the mountains, in a closed bay with a green landscape, shallow waters and pebbles. In Parga there are also very beautiful beaches with unique natural beauty. Valtos is a well-known beach for its incomparable beauty, natural environment and clear waters. Kryoneri is a picturesque beach with sandy beach and green-blue waters, in a small bay. Lychnos has clear blue waters, and like most beaches of Parga is located in a picturesque bay with wonderful views.
The prefecture is famous for its activities in nature and extreme sports. In the springs of Acheron there is a unique route for horseback riding while for paragliding lovers there are slopes and clubs that organize flights. Lake Zirou, which is part of the Natura network, is an ideal place for Kano - Kayak. In the village of Gliki there are rafting descents in Acheron, while the hiking is shocking thanks to the wild natural beauty. For the lovers of diving, the beach of Pantokrator, the islet of Ag. Nikolaou as well as around its castle and the island of Panagia, Lygia, Kastrosykia etc. The options for entertainment are many and satisfy even the most demanding. In the prefecture are served traditional delicacies, such as pies, pasta and sweets, fish and seafood from the Amvrakikos gulf such as shrimp and gambari that comes out there, dairy products, drinks and liqueurs and many aromatic plants.