Areas & Sights
THE CASTLE OF HIMARA - The old town of Himara, the Castle is in and of itself an important monument requiring protection so that it doesn't suffer irreversible damage. It has signs of constant habitation for over 3,500 years. There are important sights at the Castle.
PANAGIA KASOPITRA - A Byzantine church with an icon of Panagia - the Mother of Christ - that is believed to be miraculous. In periods of drought the people of Himara would parade the icon and sing hymns and strong rain would follow shortly.
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. Thebishop'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 sailed across the Strait of Otranto to Italy. Access to Grammata is only possible by sea.
PANORMOS CASTLE (and PALERMO) - 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 excellent condition. The castle was built on the site of a pre-existing monastery described by the British traveller Leake during that period, and of an older castle. Along the connection to the mainland lies the church of Agios Nikolaos which is 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.
BEACHES – Himara is known for its wonderful beaches, most of which are pebble beaches, although some have sand. Spilia, the central beach of Himara attracts a lot of visitors in the summer. Further on there is Prinos, Potami, Filikouri, to the south lie Lamana, Kiparo, Borsi, the beaches at Pikerni (Bouneci) and Loukovo and Kakomaea at Nivitsa (with a very perilous road). Beneath the Castle of Himara is the Livadi and then to the north lies Giali, Foussa, Zissos, Zypaea, Karkaniki, Gialiskari at Drymades, Palassa and Dralaios. At various points on the beaches of Himarra the water is cold because of the underground springs that exist. A few dozen metres away from these points, however, the water temperature rises once more to normal levels. During the summer months many small boats offer rides to the beaches near Spilia.
MOUNTAINEERING – HIKING – MOUNTAIN CLIMBING
The Akrokeravnia Mountains of Himara offer many opportunities for mountain climbing and hiking. The peaks of Tsika, Avgo, Messimeri and many more are intimidating challenges to any mountain climber. There are also trails that are ideal for beginners while others are suitable only for very experienced climbers.