Preveza tour: The continental islandPreveza, Greece
Preveza: The Continental Island Tour is a fascinating self-guided audio walking tour in Preveza. Discover credible and original stories written by top local professionals. Take your tour now and enjoy it instantly on your smartphone device.
For centuries Preveza served as the border between two empires. Romans, Venetians, Ottomans, and Greeks left traces of their presence in the town’s castles, the sacred sites and the coffee shops. Soldiers, poets, governors, generals, and sailors sought wealth and refuge, making Preveza one of the most fascinating corners of Greece.
1. The lighthouseThe lighthouse is a relic of a time when the Preveza quay was the entry and exit point for a bewildering variety of goods, including elegant dresses from Paris and grain from the plains of Thessaly.
2. Seytan BazarMany streets are dangerous when wet. None is as dangerous or famous as the narrow alley that extends towards the west next to the St. Charalambos church.
3. Kostas Karyotakis' statueKostas Karyotakis was a poet-symbol of a whole generation that sought hope in the years following the Asia Minor disaster. In the process he immortalized Preveza in his poetry.
The safest port
The lighthouseThe port of Preveza was very busy in the 19th century. The Ambracian Gulf offered security, the port was right next to the town, it was protected by strong fortifications and the meticulous adherence to sanitary regulations protected its visitors from disease. A good road network connected Preveza to the important agricultural and industrial centers of Thessaly and Epirus. The local economy benefited from imports and exports. The people of Preveza could order clothing and appliances straight from Paris, while the seaside was packed with coffee-shops and pastry shops. The local movie theater attracted large crowds.
The Devil’s Bazar
Seytan BazarIt is said that during the Ottoman period the Christian residents of Preveza used to cover the alleyway near the town market with soap to have a laugh at the expense of the unfortunate Turkish soldiers who slipped and fell down. One day the Ottoman commander rode past but his horse lost its footing and the commander fell off. The surprised victim exclaimed “Seytan Bazaar!” The marble slab on the alley’s east entrance was made by the Swedish sculptor Torgny Larsson on the order of the local director Babis Tsokas. The artist was inspired by the local store owners (the butcher, the barber etc) and residents whom he included in his work.
Greece in crisis
Kostas Karyotakis' statueKostas Karyotakis was born in Tripolis in 1896. His childhood was defined by national drama. For a whole decade (1912-1922) Greece was at war. The triumphs of the Balkan Wars and the First World War were marred by the National Schism, the Smyrna catastrophe in 1922 and the population exchange that followed. The ‘20s generation faced enormous political, social, and ideological problems (the end of the “Grand Idealism,” the struggle to absorb the refugees, dictatorship, unemployment). Their response was to seek refuge in social revolution.
The Municipality of Preveza is in southern Epirus, between the Ionian Sea and the Ambracian Gulf. The town of Preveza lies near the Gulf's entrance and is the capital of the regional unit of Preveza.
|Address||Odysseas Androutsos square|
|Starting point||Spiliadou 8, Preveza|
|Areas||Preveza city center|
Why take a self-guided tour?
This is a self-guided tour based on the award-winning storytelling concept developed by Clio Muse and the fascinating narratives prepared by our handpicked destination experts.
You can enjoy each multilingual tour by using your smartphone or tablet at your own pace even if you are offline. The interactive map on your screen will guide you step-by-step as you explore all points of interest along your route. Each stop comes with a selection of our signature stories allowing you to tailor the tour experience to your personal interests and schedule.
After downloading Clio Muse app, you can access this tour and activate it any moment you wish and also repeat it any time. To best enjoy our multimedia self-guided tour (comprising maps, video, audio and text) we recommend the use of headphones.
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