Epirus is a geographical and administrative region in northwestern Greece. It borders the regions of West Macedonia and Thessaly to the east, West Greece to the south, the Ionian Sea and the Ionian Islands to the west and the country of Albania to the north. The region has an area of about 9,200 km2; the population is around 350.000 inhabitants. Largest towns of the region are Igoumenitsa, Preveza, Arta and Ioannina as the region’s capital.
The whole region of Epirus is largely made up of mountainous ridges, part of the Dinaric Alps. The region's highest spot is on Mount Smolikas, at an altitude of 2.637 metres above sea level. In the east, the Pindus Mountains form the spine of mainland Greece separated Epirus from Macedonia and Thessaly. Most of Epirus lies on the windward side of the Pindus. The winds from the Ionian Sea offer the region more rainfall than any other part of Greece.
Sheep and goat pastoralism have always been an important activity in the region (Epirus provides more than 45% of meat to the Greek market) but there seems to be a decline in recent years. Tobacco is grown around Ioannina, and there is also some farming and fishing; Epirus is home to a number of the country's most famous dairy products' brands, which produce feta cheese among others. An important area of the economy is also tourism, especially eco-tourism. The natural beauty of the area, as well as the picturesque villages, has made Epirus a strong tourist attraction.
Further in our site you can get information about the biggest towns and touristic sites of Epirus. If you wish, you can ask us to provide you with more detailed information regarded to Epirus that could be helpful for your visit in Epirus. It’s also possible to meet members of Youth Center of Epirus in Ioannina, with previous arrangements we would be glad to show you our town and nearby touristical sites.