Ioannina is one of the largest cities in Greece and the capital of Epirus. Anyone who visits the city of Ioannina should not miss a walk in the lakeside area, enjoying the enchanting lake Pamvotis. The lakeside area is a special and unique route with small shops and restaurants. Lake Pamvotis as well as the small island are a natural monument of the city. The castle of Ioannina, where Ali Pasha lived, was built in 528 A.D. by the emperor Justinian and is one of the oldest Byzantine fortresses.