What to do on Ionian Mainland

A holiday on the Ionian mainland will give you the choice of a different beach each day. Many of the beaches close to the port of Syvota have a beachfront restaurant and bar with comfortable sunbeds.

Inland from Syvota is a beautiful interior of forested mountainsides hiding hamlets and villages.

Syvota has a good choice of waterfront tavernas, bars and shops but does not have any throbbing nightclubs.

Hiring a boat will open up coastal exploration as many of the sandy beaches and coves are only accessible by sea. Some beaches like Mega Ammos, Agia Paraskevi and Karavostasi have watersports and tavernas and other beaches are natural and often deserted.

The drive from Syvota to Ioannina, on the shores of Lake Pamvotis, takes around 90 minutes and from Ioannina to the mountain villages of Zagoria, a further 50 minutes. Here there are many walking trails with dramatic views over forested valleys, twisting rivers and ancient stone-arched bridges. Large swathes of hillside pine forests hide hamlets and villages of stone-roofed houses.

A 1-hour drive from Syvota to the river Acheron takes you riverside tavernas, springs and river swimming and rafting.
The mouth of the River Acheron is in the village of Ammoudia, 3 km from the Nekromantio oracle. Sandy beach, lovely tavernas along the river and an opportunity to have a small cruise along the river and the cave of Persefoni on the coast.

Further afield are the fascinating archaeological sites of Albania.

Our Syvota Manager is Sussi Nilisson – For any help or advice both before and during your stay on the Ionian mainland please contact Sussi via email at or by phone (0030)

Emergency Services
Police 100
Fire Brigade 199
Ambulance 166

National Holidays
There are a number of national holidays during the summer months during which all the shops and banks will be closed in the main towns on the island. In tourist resorts the shops will remain open throughout.
21st May Celebration of the reunion of the Ionian Islands to the mainland in 1864
15th August Virgin Mary Day
16th August St Gerasimos Day
20th October St Gerasimos Day

Taxis: It is normal practice to tip taxi drivers, especially if they have been helpful, eg carrying your shopping and luggage etc. There are surcharges for overweight luggage, airport pickups and fares after midnight until 5am.
Restaurants: Normally a 10% tip would be expected but adjustable according to good or bad.

All tourist areas will have a selection of small shops including minimarkets where you will be able to find most things you need.

Syvota´s shopping street is located on the streets that run parallel to the harbour waterfront. Here you will find a mix of minimarkets, bakeries, souvenir shops, Greek handicrafts, fashion, jewellery and art.
Not that far away from Syvota is the pretty port of Parga, with its colourful and narrow streets of souvenir shops, fashion boutiques and Greek handicrafts.

Bella Vraka beach is a 20-minute walk away from Syvota via a stretch of shallow water to the tiny island of Mourtemeno. Don’t be surprised if you have to share the beach with the island's many resident goats! The sand is white and the water crystal clear. The beach and sunbeds are used by “The Retreat Hotel” guests so bring your own beach towels as well as refreshments since there are no facilities.

A short, steepish walk from Syvota harbour takes you over to Karvouno bay. This pretty bay, sheltered by forested hillsides, has a beach with sunbeds and sun umbrellas for hire. There is a beach bar and restaurant.

“The Blue Lagoon” beach can only be reached by boat – under 10 minutes from Syvota. The beach is popular with excursion boats from Syvota and Corfu.

Gallikos Molos Beach is the “Town Beach” and has clear waters and dramatic views over the small offshore islands and to Corfu. A perfect spot for an evening picnic on the beach watching the sun set.