The visitor through his tour of the area will find that the ancient and modern history of the city are continuous and not foreign to each other.
The bridge of Arta
The bridge of Arta has gone down in history: the folk song describes the difficulty of its construction, since “All day they were building it, and in the night it would collapse”.
Thus, the famous legend of the Bridge was born: the Chief Mason sacrificed his wife in the foundation of the bridge, in order for the construction to be completed.
Arta,is a modern city with a respect for its history and heritage, is waiting for you to discover it. Explore the capital of the Despotate of Epirus with the dozens of Byzantine temples, the homeland of the famous gems and make a unique journey through time!
Amvracia was one of the strongest colonies of Corinth in Western Greece, and this led its inhabitants to fortify the city in order to protect it.
Furthermore, the hillock on which the walls were built was considered to have an important strategic position ever since antiquity.
“Road of the bridge” running festival
Come and run to Arta’s Semi-Marathon “The Road to Giofiri” and explore a city with rich history, many and important historical monuments. The famous stone bridge of Arta, a trademark of the city, known by the homonymous municipal poem.
Tzoumerka is heaven on earth, where visitors can enjoy every kind of activity: trekking, off-road running, climbing, mountaineering, ski mountaineering, river trekking and much more.
The celebration is held by the Municipality of Arta during the last weekend of November with the assistance of the Cultural Associations of the area.
Starting from the undoubted beauty of the Byzantine monuments of the area, the Municipality of Arta co-organizes with the Holy Metropolis of Arta, Nicopolis and Preveza and the Ephorate of Antiquities of Arta numerous events in keeping with the spirit.
The Castle of Arta
It was constructed during three periods: in the 13th c., the 14th c. and during the Ottoman rule, when it finally took the form it has nowadays.
Some features of the building show that Ottomans may have called Venetian engineers to contribute to the strengthening of the fortification during the last stage of the construction.
Geographically isolated for centuries, Epirus developed its own gastronomical heritage based entirely on local produce, thus following the needs and possibilities of each region in particular.
The food of the poor, the Epirus pie, was left aside for centuries as nobody realised its importance. However nowadays, it is acknowledged as an indispensable part of the modern Greek cuisine.
At the same time the Mountains of Pindos, Amvracian Gulf, Ionian Sea and the rivers of the region, offered the locals, throughout the centuries, the pure raw materials that make up the famous cuisine of Epirus. We invite you today to discover this “treasure” and take your gastronomical quest to a next level with a visit to our region!
The Church of Parigoritissa
The Church of Parigoritissa is a unique Byzantine monument. Built at the end of the 13th c. (1285 to 1289) on the west side of Peranthi Hill, it is dedicated to the Annunciation of Virgin Mary.