Igoumenitsa is a picturesque small coastal town in northwestern Greece with lots of green (the dominating forest can be easily seen in the picture), beaches with crystal clear blue waters, and green mountains surrounding the town. The new 670 km Egnatia Highway, which serves northern Greece, terminates at Igoumenitsa. It is the capital of the peripheral unit Thesprotia. Its original ancient name used to be Titani.
Coordinates: 39°29′N 20°16′E (1) Igoumenitsa (2) Souli (3) Filiates
In ancient times Igoumenitsa was known as Titani, (Gitani, Gitana, Goumani) and was one of the most important towns of the Kingdom of Thesprotis during the 4th century BC, covering 28 hectares. The circumference of its walls was 2,400 metres. The walls had four gates. Internal walls, in the shape of a sickle, divided the city in half. Its most noteworthy tower, located at the top of the hill, was round, and is thought to have been a religious sanctuary. Excavations have revealed a theatre which seats 2,500 and ruins of two temples. (read more about the local history…)
Sights – historical sites and more…
• The ruins of the Turkish castle destroyed by the Venetian F. Morozini, in 1685. The 12 cannons were transferred to Corfu along with other artillery. It is lying in the little wood at the east end of the city.
• The institution of Sarra, in Kastri village, 10 km northwards.
• The coastal village of Plataria, 13 km south, with beautiful beach.
• The monastery of “Panagee” (18th century), with frescoes and mosaics. It was ruined and built again.
• The tower of Ragiou in Ligia, 13 km north-west of Igoumenitsa, on a hill, 3 km from Drepano beach. They are the ruins of ancient Torone. There is also a fortified settlement of military style.
The Patras, Greece to Brindisi, Italy car–ferry ships of the Hellenic Mediterranean Lines (HML) stop at Igoumenitsa, before crossing the Adriatic Sea and vice versa, as well as the ships of Superfast Ferries, Anek Lines and several other shipping companies, before going to Ancona, Bari or Venice in Italy, and vice versa. Frequent passenger and car ferries to and from Corfu.
The Egnatia Odos motorway, which was opened in 2009 and is part of the , has significantly enhanced the connection with Thessaloniki and Turkey and shortened the required travelling time from and to the Turkish border by several hours. Between Thessaloniki and the Turkish border, the road runs more or less parallel to the ancient Roman Via Egnatia.
• Official site of Igoumenitsa (only in Greek)