Greece the ideal destination


Preveza the Ideal Destination

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Preveza

The prefecture of Preveza lies on the NW coast of Greece. The beaches with crystal-clear waters, the forests bordering the sea, the extensive wetlands and the unspoiled natural environment are a major pole of attraction for visitors. Important archaeological sites, well preserved Byzantine churches, Venetian and Turkish forts are scattered throughout the prefecture. Easily accessible beaches stretch for 60 km., while the Ionian coast and Amvrakikos Gulf are ideal for windsurfing, sailing, waterskiing and diving. The Lekatsa forest, the Amvrakikos wetlands and the Lake of Ziros are perfect areas for walking tours. The capital of the prefecture, Preveza, stands at the entrance to the Amvrakikos Gulf very near the site of ancient Nikopolis. This picturesque little port with its Venetian castle, attractive neoclassical buildings and scenic surroundings is an excellent base for exploring the area. There is plenty to do in Preveza. In addition to fine beaches, the town offers modern entertainment and is the venue for the annual Sardine Festival, the International Festival at the Venetian castle. Performances of ancient tragedy are given at the Nikopolis Odeon. Parga, 64 km. to the north of Preveza, is a small picturesque seaside town built amphitheatrically round a beautiful cove. A very popular summer resort, Parga has the necessary infrastructure to satisfy the needs of the most demanding visitor. It is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful small towns in Greece, with traditional architecture, narrow stone-paved alleys, a unique atmosphere and superb beaches. The town is surrounded by other secluded coves, islets and thickly wooded hills. The Venetian castle, the ruins of the ancient acropolis and the Church of the Apostles are well worth a visit. Nikopolis (8 km. north of Preveza) was founded by the Roman emperor Augustus in the first century BC to commemorate his victory over Antony and Cleopatra in the naval battle of Actium (31 BC). The city was renowned for its imposing buildings and structures such as the Theatre, Odeon, Baths, Nymphaion, Great Walls, Stadium, Gymnasium and Aqueduct. The site has an excellent museum with major finds from the ancient city. The restored Odeon is used for drama performances and other cultural events during the summer. The ruins of the Oracle of the Dead - one of the most famous in antiquity - lie 53 km. from Preveza on the site of ancient Ephyra near the village of Messopotamo. Once a very sacred place in the valley of the Acheron river, its aura of mystery was enhanced in ancient times by the belief that it was one of the entrances to Hades. Founded in the first half of the 4th century BC, the ancient city of Kassopi occupies a naturally fortified panoramic site on a high plateau just 20 km. north of Nikopolis. The size of the city, the Agora, two theatres and other structures indicate that it was an important cultural centre. To the east of the site, the hill of Zalongo was the scene of a great tragedy in 1802 when 60 women of Souli danced their way off the cliff to their death rather than be captured by the Turks. A colossal stone sculpture commemorates their heroism. The natural beauty of Preveza is both stunning and diverse. The Lake of Ziros, near Philippiada, is a protected area with calm waters and lush vegetation, a paradise for walkers and ornithologists. The Acheron river winds its way through a variety of landscapes of great ecological and natural interest. The river is navigable from its estuary at Ammoudia right up to the Oracle of the Dead at Messopotamo. The estuary forms part of wetlands protected by the 'Nature 2000' programme. In the rare ecosystem of the Amvrakikos Gulf, the visitor can see herons, silver pelicans and other rare birds.

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