photo by Pavlos Nikolos.
Passing by a hollow world by Cretense
In the alleys of castle by ifanik
Ioannina by night by chrkont
Towards infinity by elf1979
White B (icycle & oat) by Cretense
The Its Kale walls by Cretense
The castle of Ioanna is the oldest Byzantine castle and it used to be the biggest administrative centre through the entire country during Ali Pasha's era.
The Jewish Synagogue is also in the castle, the only existing monument of the once powerful Jewish community of Ioannina.http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/p/m/212736/
Lake Pamvotis has always been a popular fishing place. And Nisaki isle a quiet place for monks. But in the period of Ali Pasha's rule, the lake also became witness to his cruelty, when he ordered drawning of Kyra Frosini (whom Ali's son had an affair with), together with 17 maids of Ioannina unfoundedly sentenced as adulteresses. http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/p/m/21abdd/
To get to the isle you'll take a regular boat service from Ioannina, the boats usually anchor near the entrance to the castle, so if you'll follow the Old Town Walls you can't miss it. The ticket costs 2 EUR one way and it can be purchased on the boat.
Once quiet Nisaki is rather a tourist place now. There are several small monasteries, but people mostly visit the St.Panteleimon monastery which houses a small museum. This is where betrayed Ali Pasha was killed. It's a 10 minute walk from a small harbour where you'll disembark, unless you'll let the local shopkeepers stop you and make you try their local goodies (made by the Union of Women of Epirus and the Union of Women of Ioannina). At the latter you'll come across the famous Mrs Antonia who is difficult to escape from as she will make you try some of the sweets, or recommend remedies. And make you choose a fruit liquor... And... people, she really can sell. At least take a short lesson of selling skills.
And, to not to omit an important gastronomy experience, people usually come to savour frog legs or freshwater fish on the square of Nisaki.
"walk around the lake"
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