Ioannina is the capital city and the largest in the Epirus Prefecture (North-West part of Greece). The City is built on the bank of Pamvotis Lake (500 m. altitude). The Municipality of Ioannina, has a population of about 130.000 inhabitants, an airport, a University, two major university hospitals, a sufficient hospitality capacity (more than 250 hotels in the Ioannina County region//total: 9,000 beds, 2015 data) as well as a qualitative business-tourism infrastructure.
Epirus occupies the northwestern part of Greece. It borders with Albania and to the west, through the port of Igoumenitsa adjacent to Italy. The Region has an area of 9203 square km. occupying 6.97% of the total area of Greece. Includes four Prefectures: Ioannina, Arta, Thesprotia and Preveza. Ioannina is the headquarters of the region and capital city of the prefecture.
The geomorphology of the continent is characterized by severe mountainous terrain and the abundance of surface water. The only lowland areas are in the prefectures of Arta and Preveza, and the valleys of the rivers Acheron and Kalamas. The mountains are typical of the area, covering 74.2% of the total area and account for 33.4% of the population of the region. The mountain range of Pindos, follow the Albanian Alps, is a natural geographical boundary of the Western Region of Macedonia (northern part) and Thessaly (south).
The total area of the region is 9.203 square kilometers, of which 14% is agriculture land, 52% is covered by grassland, 26% is forest and 3% represents the surface waters, while built up areas and other uses account for the remainder of the land. The 74% of the region is mountainous areas. According to the census of 2013 Epirus has a population of 573.820 inhabitants.
Ioannina climate conditions
Ioannina experiences a Mediterranean climate. The warmest months are July and August, when average high temperature reaches 30.9°C (87.4°F). The coldest month is January, when the average low temperature drops to 0.2°C (32.4°F).