The New Port of Igoumenitsa, recently completed, is designed to perform many different port services. Among the priorities of the Port Authority is to attract cruise ships in the region of Epirus, and make Igoumenitsa one of the major ports of cruise in the Mediterranean. The cruise terminal is close to town.
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It is the capital of the regional unit Thesprotia. Its original ancient name used to be Titani.
There are excellent beaches in and around the city and in the summer there is much seaside activity and passing tourism. However, unlike most sea transport hubs, trucks & other ferry related traffic does not flood the city thanks to the port’s immediate exit to Egnatia Highway. This unique feature is a benefit for the cruise lines, since it allows for a quick and efficient dispatch of long tours, without the delay of a city drive-through. In addition, it is important to note the port’s close proximity to the city center. Just a short walk from dockside there are many cafés, bars, shops and restaurants ready to welcome cruise passengers who opt not to go on tours or crew members seeking a short break ashore.
This city on the Peloponnese offers a variety of ancient sites nearby. The Greek city of Cassopea dates from the 4th century BCE. Near the modern town of Preveza lie the ruins of Nikopolis, founded by the Roman Octavian to honor his defeat of Antony and Cleopatra’s naval fleet at the Battle of Actium in 31 BCE. Nearby are the ruins of an oracular site on the River Acheron, once believed to lead souls to the Underworld. Further afield, Meteora’s dramatic "monasteries in the sky," perched atop huge towers of rock overlooking the Plain of Thessaly, are one of Greece’s most impressive and unforgettable sites.
Parga: The colorful and historic seaside village of Parga has long been popular for its steep streets and rocky promontories. The Parga Castle was destroyed by the pirate Barbarrosa, and later by the Ottomans, before the present structure was built by the Venetians. Not far to the southeast of Parga is the Oracle of the Dead, a temple of Hades, where ancient Greeks came to ask questions of the dead.
Just a short walk from dockside there are many cafés, bars, shops and restaurants ready to welcome cruise passengers who opt not to go on tours.
Free Wifi in the terminal.
Public Services: open Monday to Friday, 8.00am – 2.00pm.
Retail Stores & Specialty Shops: Monday to Friday, 9am – 1.30pm and then again from 5pm – 9pm. Saturdays, 9am – 2pm.
Supermarkets: Monday to Friday, 9am – 9pm, and Saturdays, 9am – 6pm.
Tourist Shops and Convenience Stores: most of these do not have official opening hours and are usually open from dawn to well after midnight during the summer months.
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