Culture


Locations

  • The ancient theatre of Dodoni. One of the most important ancient theatres of Greece is located only half hour away from Ioannina. The sanctuary of Dodoni was a major spiritual place in ancient Greece. It was the oldest of the Greek oracles and ancient people traveled great distances in order to consult the priests who foretold the future. Outside the temple of Zeus the priests gathered under the sacred Oak tree and listened to the sound of the leaves as they shivered in the breeze and glimpsed at the future. People from the entire known world would make the pilgrimage in ancient times in order to consult the future-telling Oak tree and to attend cultural festivals that took place regularly at Dodoni.
  • Nekromanteio The most famous nekromanteion, or oracle of the dead, of the ancient Greek world lies an hour away from Ioannina, where Acheron and Kokytos, the rivers of Hades (the underworld), meet. Ancient literary sources describe it as the place where the dead began their descent to Hades. The nekromanteion attracted people wishing to meet the souls of the dead, as these were able to foresee the future after having left their body. According to the Greek mythology the only mortals who visited Hades and came back alive were Ulysses and Hercules (so do our students).
  • Cassope In an ideal location for climate and safety, on a plateau on the southern slopes of Mount Zalongo (height 550-560 m) with an incredible view towards the Ionian Sea, Cassope was founded in the first half the fourth century BC as the political centre of Cassopaea. Located near Preveza, it is one of the best preserved ancient cities in Greece.
  • Vrellis wax museum A unique historical and laographical museum reviving the moments of the Greek revolution against the Othomans just at the suburbs of the city of Ioannina. Go to website
  • Perama cave You will meet the picturesque village Perama only four kilometres from Ioannina. A mythical world beyond your imagination waits for you there to discover it. The Cave of Perama was created 1.500.000 years ago! This real ornament is known for the variety of stalactites and stalagmites that are found there and it is included in the best caves in the world.
  • Ancient city of Nikopolis Ancient Nicopolis, situated close to Preveza in western part of Epirus, is a walled city founded in the 31 BC by Octavian in memory of his victory over Antony and Cleopatra at Actium. It is a well-preserved archaeological site, a whole ancient city with odeum, theatre, walls and many more relics, and thus, officials of Preveza decided to try to add Nicopolis in UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites.
  • Archaeological Museum of Ioannina The archaeological museum is located at the centre of the city of Ioannina including some of the most significant exhibits of the ancient sites of Epirus. Definitely worth a visit! Go to website


Cultural Events

  • “Panygiria” - Folk music festivals in villages. These festivals take place mostly in summertime and they offer a unique contact with Greek traditional music. Dancing in the square of the village, sometimes around a plane tree, holding each other by hands or shoulders, under traditional folk tunes creates a magical atmosphere that magnetizes and unites everyone. And the most important thing: Everyone is invited to join in! Even if you don’t know what you are doing, the others in the group will lead you.
  • Carnival in Ioannina - Tzamales In Ioannina you can live a different carnival! The locals disguise themselves and dance around huge bonfires called tzamales. It is an old tradition originating from the ancient worship of Dionysus, the God of wine.
  • Greek Βouzouki night Once a week we organize a night in a Greek “taverna” to taste the exquisite Greek cuisine, such as mousaka, keftedes, souvlaki and drink tsipouro. After our meal we are invited to join in the dancing at Greek music. We will show you the steps to all the Greek dances such as Zorba’s dance, syrtaki, zeimpekiko etc.The first rule of doing any of these dances is that anybody (that's right, anybody), is welcome to dance. It doesn't matter whether you are a professional, or a newbie who's trying their shot at Kalamatiano for the first time. Feel free to join any circle or line that you wish; there are no rules that you must be related to or even know the people in the same line as you. Greek dancing is a communal and welcoming art, so feel free to jump right in!
  • Learn traditional local dances Learn how to dance to Greek traditional folk music with an instructor! Greek dances are mostly performed in groups that hold each other by hands or by the shoulders. Learn the steps, feel the music, empty your mind of thoughts and dance in the same heartbeat as the rest of the people! Join our dance classes!
  • Greek Easter. One of the greatest celebrations of Christianity in Greece is Easter. The Holy Week’s special customs and rituals, such as the dying of eggs with red special dyes and the procession of the Epitaph on Good Friday, are some of the traditions that are well maintained among the Greeks. On Saturday night, the night of the Ressurection, people gather in church holding candles which they light with the Holy light. After that they go home to eat the traditional “magheiritsa” (a tripe and herbs soup). On Easter Sunday morning, as the 40-day period of fasting finally comes to an end, lamb is prepared on the spit. The atmosphere is festive- full of joy and excitement! The Easter tables are set and people merrily rejoice, eat and drink with their family until late at night. Be a part of this custom by joining us in a feast on Sunday and tasting the traditional lamb on a spit!
  • Tsipouro making in Ioannina November in Ioannina and its surroundings is characterized by the making of tsipouro, the local drink made of grapes. People gather in the villages and take part into this special occasion. We invite you to live this experience in a village and enjoy this tradition.
  • Pita making in the village Making pita (a Greek savory pastry filled with vegetables or cheese) is a recipe held by our grandmothers. While you are here we visit a lady in a village who shows us how it is made and invites us to a special feast.
  • Sports events in Ioannina For those who love sports they can take part in one of the many sport activities that take place in Ioannina such as rowing, cycling or marathon running.
 

 

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LearnGREEK is a Greek language school for foreigners located in the city of Ioannina in Greece.

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