Infobox Pref GR
name = Ioannina
name_local = Νομός Ιωαννίνων
periph = Epirus
population = 174,607
population_as_of = 2005
pop_rank = 16th
pop_dens = 35.0
popdens_rank = 45th
area = 4,990
area_rank = 3rd
area_code = 265x0
licence = IN
provinces = 4
municip = 28
commun = 13
ISO = GR-33
website = [http://www.nomioan.gr www.nomioan.gr]
Ioannina ( _el. Ιωάννινα) is a prefecture of
Greece, part of the north-western periphery of Epirus. Its capital is the city of Ioannina. It is bordered by Albaniain the north, Kastoriain the northeast, Grevenain the east, the prefecture of Trikala in the east, Arta in the southeast, Prevezain the south and the prefecture of Thesprotiain the southwest and west. It is the largest prefecture in Epirus, covering almost half of Epirus. Ioannina is also one of the largest prefectures of Greece by number of municipalities and communities.
The geography of the region are rugged and mountainous, made up of mountain ranges including Tymfi in the northeast,
Lakyosin the east, Xerovounio(Greek for dry mountains), Tomarosin the southwest and the Grammosmountains in the far north. Most of these ranges are part of the Pindusmountains. The 40th parallel crosses between Delvinaki and Konitsa. Much of the land lies south of the 40th parallel. The mountains dominate the east, north, west and south. Fertile lands dominated the areas within Ioannina.
"See History of Ioannina (town)"
Greece Interstate 5/ E55S, Cen.
Greece Interstate 6, W, Cen., E
Greece Interstate 17, S, SW
Greece Interstate 20/ E55, Cen., NW, N
Greece Interstate 26, NW
*Greece Egnatia Odos/E90, NW, Cen., NE
The prefecture of Ioannina, like most of the Greek mainland, is, mostly for lack of publicity and familiarity, not as popular as the islands among tourists. Yet the area, along with its natural beauty, has quite a few worthwhile and interesting historical attractions. Besides the city
Ioannina, these are:
* A few kilometres south of the city is the Vrellis wax statue museum, displaying scenes from Greece's history. A small department in the city centre is free to the public.
Dodonioracle and archeological site with amphitheatre.
Vikos-Aoos National Park, including the Vikos gorge, through which the Voidomatisriver flows.
Zagoria villages, partly in the Vikos-Aoos National Park.
Papingo, one of the Zagoria villages, a ski resort that is mainly popular with Greeks, and a popular starting point for hiking and mountaineering.
Smolikas, with 2637 meter Greece's second highest mountain.
Metsovo, in winter a ski resort.
* The caves of Perama, a few kilometres northeast of Ioannina.
* The monument in Zalongo for the women of Souli.
* The war museum in Kalpaki. There is also a fairly modern supermarket in the village of Kalpaki, in case you need to stop for some last minute items.
Bourzani Bridge, near Melissoptera.
*Dodoni - Ioannina
*Konitsa - Konitsa
*Metsovo - Metsovo
*Pogoni - Delvinaki
Municipalities and communities
*¹ One of a few communities where the communal hall is located away from the commune in another area. It is governed from
Larissa. The old communal hall in Aetomilitsa no longer exists.
*² One of the smallest communities in Greece.
Markos Avgeris(b. as Georgios Papadopoulos in 1884- June 8, 1973)
Ioannina has a major football team, that is named
There are minor sports teams throughout the prefecture
List of settlements in the Ioannina prefecture
* [http://www.hit360.com/nomioan/gr/ Ioannina Tourist Guide]
* [http://www.ooopa.gr/states/giannena/giannena.asp ooopa.gr Ioannina portal]
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