Information about the location of Plataria
Plataria / Epirus / Igoumenitsa
Coming from Igoumenitsa Plataria is the first beautiful place on the way south. Just 12 km from Igoumenitsa is the beautiful bay of Plataria, surrounded by green hills. It is the first tourist destination in southern direction.
Plataria has become one of the most important regions of Epirus, just a few kilometres from the port of Igoumenitsa (gateway to and from Europe). Other places worth mentioning in Thesprotia are Sagiada, Sivota, Perdika, Paramythia, etc.
The small port city Plataria is located in the northwest of Greece. Amazing landscapes and natural beauties with a lot of greenery, clean beaches, some very good restaurants and nicely equipped holiday apartments cover the charming place. The small, idyllic harbour of Plataria offers besides optimal protection all comforts for private boats of all sizes.
Beautiful landscapes and untouched nature can be found along the coast of Thesprotia.
Due to the new motorway connection to Thesaloniki and Athens, Plataria has become one of the first points of contact also for the inner-Greek tourism. The extension of the motorway to Patras allows a car journey from Athens to Plataria in only 4 ½ hours. In only 45 minutes one reaches the next larger city Ioannina, in which all mechanisms of a modern metropolis are.
Distances to nearby tourist resorts are:
Sagiada 20 km, Igoumenitsa 12 km, Sivota 10 km, Parga 25 km, Ioannina 75 km, Prevezza 80 km
HISTORY AND CULTURE
The area also offers places steeped in history. Greece is full of archaeological sites.
Just a few kilometres away is the historic town of Sivota, which became famous in ancient times through the naval battle between the Corinthians and Thesprothers against the inhabitants of the island of Corfu, which took place in 433 BC during the Peloponnesian War.
During the Turkish domination the village was called Mourtos, after the local council of the same name, which plundered the passing merchant ships. This name was retained until 1959, when the original name Sivota was reintroduced. On the offshore island of Sivota, Mavros Oros, there is the 14m high lighthouse, built in 1884 by the French Society for Ottoman Lighthouses, which has been the current lighthouse since 1913.
Nearby, in the mountains of Plataria, there is the Byzantine castle of Polyneri. 3 km away, towards Igoumenitsa, you can visit the small orthodox church Agia Paraskevi.
The ancient oracle of Dodoni is 70 km away and the Meteora monasteries can be reached in 1 hour drive by car at ½
Plataria has grown into a modern place, fully aware of its cultural heritage. This is proved by the many organizations and institutes, including the Folklore Museum of Plataria and the lending library, which is under the patronage of the Cultural Association. In addition to a primary school, there is also a grammar school, a kindergarten and a day-care centre.
In 1928 Plataria had 128 inhabitants. In 2018 there will be almost 1000. The rich tradition of fishing and the cultivation of olive trees is today reflected in the gastronomic offer of this small village full of charm and warmth. A unique combination of a rich cultural heritage.
The tranquillity, warmth and hospitality of the locals make this place an unforgettable tourist destination. The beautifully situated bay, which opens up towards the island of Corfu in a wonderfully uniform way and shows the most beautiful sunsets on warm summer evenings, invites you to linger and come back.
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