Ammoudia is a quiet tourist town by a small bay South of Parga in Epirus, Greece. There is almost no night life, and only a small selection of restaurants, but if you want to chill out on a sandy Beach or go on excursions Ammoudia is a good choice.
The river mouth of the Acheron River is the heart of Ammoudia. That is where you find the majority of the restaurants. All restaurants serve fresh seafood. My personal favorite Ammoudia dish is grilled calamari.
Acheron means “no joy”. According to myths, Charon, the ferryman of Hades, carried the souls of the deceased to Acheron, which was perceived as the gateway to Hades, the underworld.
Another myth goes like this: Hades was in love with Persephone. One day, when her mother had left her by herself, he kidnapped her and took her to the Underworld. Persephone’s mother is Demeter, the goddess of agriculture. When she couldn’t find her daughter, Demeter spent her time searching for her daughter rather than taking care of the plants. As time passed all plants died and people began to starve. Zeus had to take action, so he sent Hermes to Hades. Hades freed Persephone, but as she was about to leave, he offered her a pomegranate. She ate half of it. All food from the underworld is cursed, therefore, Persephone had to return to Hades for 6 months every half a year. This is why we have seasons.
See the story as a small movie
If you walk about 5 km along the road towards South you will reach the archeological sites of Nekromanteion (8 Euro) and Ephyra. Archeological findings reveal that human beings have been present in the area in the late Bronze Ages (16th-11th BC), the Hellenistic Period, Post-byzantine Peiod and the Ottoman Period. Both places have been fortified.
Nekromanteion “the Oracle of the Dead” was a temple devoted to Hades and Persephone, and it was believed to be the entrance to Hades. People came there to talk with their deceased loved ones. Communication with the dead happened in Group ceremonies. Today you can enter a underground room which is quite impressive architectonically and which has an almost magical atmosphere.
From the river mouth you can buy boat trips to Parga (15 Euro) and to Paxos and Antipaxos (25 Euro for a day trip).
Meteora: Greek Orthodox monasteries suspended in air
Wow what a landscape!!!, and wow!!! … How is that possible?
This area truely earn to be on UNECO‘s list
Yet a UNESCO site
Occupation dating from 50 000 BC
According to mythology, the place is founded by exiles from Troy. It has been a fortress, a Greek polis with a Theater, a Roman spa town, an Episcopal residence; it has been under Greek, Roman; Venetian, Ottoman and Albanian rule.
Here you find the remains of ancient civilizations combined with beautiful nature.