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Climbing in Ioannina isle

Climbing in Ioannina isle

Product Code : 6478

About The Place

Ioannina Isle, nestled within the tranquil waters of Lake Ioannina, spans a modest 0.2 km², boasting dimensions of 800 meters in length and 500 meters in width. In 2011, its population stood at 219 residents. Accessible by boat from Ioannina city or ferry from the nearby shore, this island has a rich history dating back to the 13th century.

The island’s historical narrative unfolds with the construction of the Saint Nicholas Monastery in the 13th century by Michael Philanthropinos, a Byzantine aristocrat. Fleeing Constantinople after the 1st Fall of the Crusaders in 1204, Philanthropinos and other prominent Byzantine families settled in the newly established Despotate of Epirus. Another aristocrat, Stratigopoulos, founded the homonymous Monastery, later named Diliou Monastery during the Ottoman era, named after the affluent family that sustained it.

Despite the challenges posed by Albanian raids and the Ottoman conquest of Ioannina in 1430, the monasteries thrived, reaching their zenith in the 16th century. This period witnessed the creation of extraordinary frescoes, particularly in the Filanthropinos Monastery, serving as a notable example of the Northwestern Greece School. This monastery housed a significant library, including the “Kouvaras,” a manuscript code containing rare texts on the area’s history. The peak of activity led to the construction of two additional monasteries: Saint Nicholas Methodius (later Saint Eleousa), which operated as a priestly school from 1872 to 1922, and the Prodromos Monastery on the northeast side of the island, showcasing a rare architectural style.

In the 17th century, the island witnessed the establishment of three more monasteries: Transfiguration of Jesus, housing Western frescoes and later belonging to Eleousa Monastery; the Monastery of Prophet Elias, situated atop a pine-covered hill in the island’s center; and the Monastery of Saint Panteleimon, featuring well-maintained cells and hosting a collection of manuscripts and old copies in the north cells, with the Museum of the (pre) revolutionary period in the south cells.

The island’s settlement, likely established in the 17th century, thrived during the Ali Pasha Era. This locality witnessed the demise of Ali Pasha in 1822 as he fled from the Ottoman army. With seven exceptional Late Byzantine Monasteries, Ioannina Island ranks as the third-largest monastic state in Greece, following Mount Athos and Meteora.

Total Duration

  • 2 Hours

Full description

Embark on an extraordinary adventure and discover the thrill of climbing on Ioannina Isle. This exhilarating activity offers a unique experience, with an easy 2-hour route that caters to beginners and individuals with average fitness levels, as long as they have no fear of heights. Our certified and experienced athlete-guides will provide expert guidance throughout the journey.

Rock climbing has recently gained tremendous popularity as a thrilling sport that can be enjoyed almost anywhere without the need for expensive equipment or extensive training. It offers an exciting and engaging experience that challenges climbers to ascend rock faces, relying on their knowledge, experience, and physical strength.

Climbers rely on the natural features of the rock, such as crevices, holes, and indents, to secure their grip and ascend. This demanding activity requires focus, coordination, agility, decent fitness, patience, a clear mind, as well as courage and imagination. These skills can be honed through training and practice.

Rock climbing not only connects athletes with nature but also provides a comprehensive workout for the body and mind. It improves physical fitness, mental strength, and agility while delivering thrilling moments of accomplishment. The sense of satisfaction and fulfillment that comes from conquering a peak and achieving personal goals is unparalleled.

Located on the little isle in Pamvotida Lake, adjacent to the regional road of the isle, this climbing route serves as an excellent training ground. It features secure routes with a difficulty level no higher than VI, ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience for climbers of varying skill levels.

Rest assured, our certified and experienced guides will prioritize your safety and provide a secure environment throughout the activity.

What to Bring

  • Raincoat (in case of rain)

  • Shoes and clothes suitable for hiking

  • Hat, Sunglasses and Sunscreen.

  • Water

  • Backpack, with a second change of clothes.


  • Certified guide

  • Special equipment, needed for climbing (helmets, baudrier, ropes etc)

  • Free video and photos, recorded with a GoPro (you will need to bring an at least 8gb USB stick)

  • Civil Liability Insurance


  • Minimum 2 people
  • Maximum 50 people
  • Ages 12+ accompanied by a legal guardian


  • Starting time 10:00
  • Ending time 12:00

Meeting point

Ioannina isle

Cancellation Policy - Flexible

  • Whenever you cancel 4 days or earlier than the confirmed activity starting date, your fee will be refunded for the entire activity charge.
  • In case of cancellation within 48 and 96 hours before the scheduled activity starting date, you'll get 50% reimbursed.
  • Those who cancel 48 hours or beyond are considered last-minute cancellations. There will be no refunds

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