Why choose a cruise to Igoumenitsa?
Igoumenitsa, on Greece’s west coast, is located near some fascinating archaeological sites and idyllic whitewashed villages. But it’s also an interesting city in its own right, offering lively bars, authentic restaurants and local markets.
Bordered by forested mountains and the impossibly blue Ionian Sea, Igoumenitsa is a city surrounded by stunning scenery. An Igoumenitsa cruise is a good holiday choice for those wanting to get back to nature, be it relaxing on the beach or hiking the trails.
A guide to Igoumenitsa’s hotspots
Many people pass through Igoumenitsa, but we recommend checking out the town. Promenade along the recently renovated port area, where you’ll can see boats bobbing in the marina, or enjoy a traditional Greek feast in one of the local restaurants. The town also has an intriguing archaeological museum, which gives you insight into the region’s history.
There’ll be plenty of time to relax on the beach if you take an Igoumenitsa cruise. We recommend nearby Drepano Beach – more than four miles of fine white sand bordered by eucalyptus groves. Enjoy a swim in the glassy waters of the Ionian Sea after a spot of sunbathing.
Take a short trip down the coast to visit the compelling archaeological ruins of Nekromanteio on the River Acheron, believed to be the place where lost souls descended into the underworld. A temple was erected here over two millennia ago, and you can still see the ruins of the labyrinth and the pilgrim’s purification room.
Explore the unspoilt Greek countryside around Igoumenitsa by bicycle. Cycle past fragrant citrus groves and enchanting pine forests, and discover sleepy hamlets and secluded beaches.
Cruise lines that sail to the port of Igoumenitsa
The best time to visit Igoumenitsa
Igoumenitsa has hot, dry summers, with temperatures averaging 29°C in July and August. If you’re here for the beaches, this is a great time to visit. Remember to bring high-factor sunscreen on your trip.
If you’re looking to escape the winter cold, why not escape to the balmier climates of Igoumenitsa? In December and January the weather averages 12°C-14°C, with a good chance of winter sun. These cooler temperatures make for more comfortable sightseeing and biking trips, too.
Did you know?
· Igoumenitsa was burnt to the ground by German troops in 1944, and had to be completely rebuilt
· The best restaurant for authentic Greek cuisine and fresh seafood is Kochýli
· The pristine waters of Drepano Beach mean it has a Blue Flag designation