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TOURIST GUIDE
OF HIMARA

GUIDE ETURISTIK
I HIMARÅS

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Dear Readers

We welcome you to the municipality of Himara, where the
green of the endless olive groves intertwines with the diapha-
nous blue of the Ionian sea and the azure of the sky in a perfect
harmony. The hospitality and the pride of it's inhabitants have
been well known since early antiquity as the ancient historians
Plinius, Stravon, Thoucidides, Homer and others have pointed
out in their works. Our region has always been a favourite place
of visit for many famous foreigners, among them scholars such
as Lord Byron, W. Leake and Evliya Celebi. The municipality of
Himara numbers 11037 inhabitants, a solid people with more
than 85% Greek speaking as their mother tongue.

Our municipality is mainly rural; as the area lack's urban
planning, selecting the most suitable locations with regard to
house building in older times, was solely based on folk tradition.
A visitor arriving in Himara never feels like a stranger, as the
locals greet him/her as they would an old acquaintance. At the
local restaurants and taverns one can savour the traditional local
dishes-absolutely scrumptious mind you- as well as international
cuisine.

The spotless beaches and the radiant sun from dawn to dusk,
are just a couple of inviting features in Himara's natural settings,
which our township has to offer in a truly bountiful manner. Pay
the picturesque villages a visit, where the popular style of house
building one comes across in the coastal area yet lives on and
also experience the many traditional holiday fests that take
place throughout the entire year. The Byzantine churches and
the monasteries, timeless marvels of ecclesiastical architecture
will surely live up to your expectations.

Dear Visitors

I hope you will enjoy pleasant holidays from the point of view
of what Himara has to offer, but also from the perspective of
what can regarded as one's personal apocalypse.

We welcome you and wish you the best time ever, on our
beaches and elsewhere within the municipality of Himara and
the broader area historically belonging to it.

Mayor of Himara

Vasilis Bolanos

Dear Readers

Vasilis Bolanos

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THE CHURCH OF THE EPISCOPE A Byzantine church in front of
the now ruined building of the Bishop's residence. The church
door bears a marble relief of the Byzantine two-headed eagle.
The bishop's residence was built over the foundations of an
ancient building considered to have been the temple of Apollo.

SPYROMILIOS RESIDENCE The old mansion house of the
Spyromilios family that played such a major role in the
history of Himara. Spyros Spyromilios liberated Himara
in 1912 and was its leader for a certain period.

AGIOI PANTES (ALL SAINTS) Church built around
1775 at the entrance of the Castle. Cosmas Aetolos
preached here and the church, now renovated, is
once more the cathedral of Himara.

THE AKROKERAVNIOS SCHOOL The Greek school of Himara,
next to the church of Agioi Pantes: the first building was erected
around 1775 and today the school has been fully renovated and
is once more fully operational.

MONASTERY ATHALIOTISSAS On the mountain slopes above
Himara there is the old monastery to Panagia Athaliotissa.
Access is only on foot.

MONASTERY AGIOU THEODOROU Between the villages Liates
and Drymades is this monastery dedicated to Saint Theodore.

MONASTERY PANAGIAS DRYMADON This monastery is a pure
white building; located on the peak over the village of Drymades
has distinctive architecture.

GRAMMATA North of Palassa, on the point of the
same name, and along the small bay nearby, various
epigraphs are carved out in Greek writing, letters and

symbols. No reason is
known or documented for
the existence of these
inscriptions. Perhaps they
are messages carved out
by sailors before they sail-
ed across the Strait of
Otranto to Italy. Access to Grammata
is only possible by sea.

PANORMOS CASTLE (and PALER-
MO) South of Himara on a small peninsula is a closed and safe
bay of the same name lies Panormos Castle, built by Ali Pasha of
Ioannina at the dawn of the nineteenth century and still in ex-
cellent condition. The castle was built on the site of a pre-
existing monastery described by the British traveller Leake dur-
ing that period, and of an older castle. Along the connection to
the mainland lies the church of Agios Nikolaos which is 33

DHRYMADHES

GRAMMATA

GRAMMATA

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connected with various stories and legends to the building of
the castle.

PALAIO KIPARO (or ANO KIPARO - OLD OR UPPER KIPARO) The
entire village is picturesque, with its traditional architecture,

the stone cobbled streets, the old churches
composing an overall magical image. Of
particular interest are the erection
inscriptions on various houses. The family of
George Tenet, former head of the CIA came
from this village originally.

MONASTERY AGIOU DIMITRIOU At Kato
Kiparo (Lower Kiparo) there is a white,
renovated monastery dedicated to Saint
Demetrius with a church of the same name.

SOPOTO CASTLE Near the village of Borsi along the mountain
line lie the ruins of the Byzantine castle of Sopoto. The castle is

hard to reach and the only access is on foot.

SPILIA TON PIRATON (THE PIRATE'S
CAVE) North of Himara on the beach there is
a large cave that can only be accessed by
sea. The place is amazing and the beach
ideal for a quiet swim. According to legend,
the cave once provided
a haven for pirates.

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SOPOTO

PIRATES CAVE

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U botua nga Bashkia e Himar s (2006)
Ôeksti Shqip: Jorjis Zahos
Ôeksti Greqisht: Dhimitris Perdhikis
Ôeksti Anglisht: Jorjis Gjonis
Sponsor: Anajenisi

¸êäïóç ÄÞìïõ ×éìÜñáò (2006)
Åëëçíéêü êåßìåíï: ÄçìÞôñçò Ðåñäßêçò
Áëâáíéêü êåßìåíï: Ãéþñãïò ÆÜ÷ïò
Áããëéêü êåßìåíï: Ãéþñãïò Ãêéþíçò
×ïñçãüò: ÁÍÁÃÅÍÍÇÓÇ

A publication of the Town of Himara (2006)
Albanian text: by Giorgos Zahos
Greek text: by Dimitris Perdikis
English text: by Giorgos Gionis
Sponsor: ANAGENNISSI

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