Sitting at the mouth of the Ambracian Gulf is the town of Preveza. Northwest of Greece, it sets the stage for a journey across the Ionian Sea with choice of a northbound heading towards Corfu and Paxos, or pivot in the direction of Ithaca, Meganisi and Lefkas. Alternatively, turn inwards for the beautiful bays and anchorages of the Ambracian Gulf in a more sheltered, relaxed exploration.
Ancient history delineates the ruins of Nikopolis north of Preveza, rooting the city’s origins in early B.C. where it once hosted the king of Epirus. History also left lingering traces in the cobblestoned streets lined with taverns and traditional design of portside structures. Other heritage sites on offer include the Agios Haralambos Cathedral, the Museum of Natural History, three 18th century castles and prominent landmarks flanking the promenade. To indulge in local culture, mingle at the Old Marketplace and get lost in the backstreets. If your trip coincides with the Sardine Festival in August, be sure to check it out!
Scenic beaches Paralia Alonaki and Monolithi Beach extend its sandy bar for maximum exposure with the turquoise waters. Simply take the time to unwind and capture spectacular sunset views. Watersports are better accommodated for at Kastrosikia Beach, with facilities that support canoeing, small sailboats and paragliding. Apart from seaside ventures, Preveza also offers the Amvrakikos Wetlands Habitat for nature-seekers. Take a four-wheel drive tour for a comprehensive day-trip, taking in breathtaking landscapes of the lagoons and valley, and bird-watching.
Preveza is best visited in the summer to avoid rainy season. With an average temperature of 26.2℃ in the summer and a chill 9℃ in winter months, expect generally mild weather.