Saturday 8. February 2020
Ioannina Island & Kastoria
After breakfast this morning I left the hotel and drove round to the lake. It was a cold start with a frost but soon warmed up.
This morning I took the boat over from the city centre to Ioannina Island. It was actually quite busy which I wasn’t expecting; I can only imagine how busy it would be in the Summer.
Ioannina Island is only a small island, I wonder how they get so many tourist shops, cafes, tavernas and monasteries on to one island!
In a couple of hours I managed to walk all the way round the island, have a hot chocolate in the village, browse the tourist shops, visit the Ali Pasha Museum and have souvlaki & chips for lunch.
I wasn’t expecting there to be so much to do on the island but I enjoyed it – Must stay longer next time!
Returning to Ioannina City Centre I had a quick look round the Ali Pasha Mosque before I got in the car and hit the road.
Here are some photos from my morning in Ioannina and on the island…
When I returned to the car it was time to get on the road: Leaving Ioannina behind I set off on the journey to Kastoria, which took 2hrs 10mins. Quite a good run. I didn’t realise the sat nav would take me all the way round the edge of the lake on arrival in Kastoria though – not the most direct route I’m sure!
In Kastoria I’m pleased to say I have a room with a view…
For dinner tonight I ate at a restaurant looking out over the lake – I had a meze with the gigantes beans, bread, grilled chicken, pita bread and a dip.
Tomorrow’s my last day of sightseeing before the long journey home starts first thing Monday morning.