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Hidden treasure or common secret?
2016 is a big year for Preveza! Visit the most up and coming base in the Ionian Sea for your next sailing holiday!
Why Preveza? Preveza is the capital of the Preveza prefecture, and a town popular with the Greeks and with European holidaymakers. Situated on the Ionian Sea at the mouth of the Ambracian Gulf, it is a destination used as a hub for visitors to Northern Greece thanks to its proximity to the resorts of Parga and the island of Lefkas. Unlike many other seaside towns, it retains much of its original charm, refusing to change for mass tourism. There are many great beaches near the town, and plenty of places for visitors to explore. In July, the town hosts a choral festival, and in the following month there is a festival dedicated to the sardine. The new tunnel joining Preveza and Aktion is one of the engineering wonders modern Greece. The town is a marvellous place to wander around, with its narrow, winding, pedestrianised streets and old buildings. In the past, Preveza was occupied by the Venetians, French and Turks before it became a part of the Greek nation (1912) and the varied influences of these regimes are seen in the town. The Kastro near the sea front features some stunning reliefs on the outer walls and St George’s Castle and the Pantokrator to the south are wonderful examples of Turkish engineering, both of which are well worth a visit. Because of its important strategic position, the area has witnessed many naval battles through the centuries.
The most famous are:
The Battle of Aktium was the decisive confrontation in the Final War of the Roman Republic. This was a naval engagement between Octavian and the combined forces of Mark Antony and Cleopatra on 2 September 31 BC, on the Ionian Sea near the city of Actium, in the Roman province of Epirus Vetus in Greece. Octavian's fleet was commanded by Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa, while Antony's fleet was supported by the ships of Queen Cleopatra of Ptolemaic Egypt. Octavian's victory enabled him to consolidate his power over Rome and its dominions. Across the narrow entrance of the gulf is Aktion, and to the north is Nikopolis. Nikopolis (City of Victory) was built from Octavian in commemoration of his victory. What was once a mighty fortress is now in ruins, but the Byzantine walls and the theatre remain today, as well as evidence of Roman baths and an aqueduct. The museum on the site has many artefacts from the period. Nikopolis is a must see for anybody interested in archaeology, mythology and history.
28 September 1538
The “Naval Battle of Preveza” took place between an Ottoman fleet under the command of Barbarossa Hayreddin Pasha, and the fleet of “Holy League”, a Christian alliance assembled by Pope Paul III, under the command of Genoese Admiral Andrea Doria. In this battle, the Ottomans overcame the Holy League fleet. There was a clear Ottoman Victory. This date, 28 September 1538, is now commemorated by a national holiday in Turkey and the city of Preveza is very famous among Turkish people.
Things to do...
The area can keep you busy. If you can spare the time you should visit Nikopolis (7 km N of Preveza town centre) and the brand new museum of Nikopolis, Nekromanteion (The Oracle of the dead), Zalongo Memorial and the Monastery of St.Dimitrios that lies beneath it, Kokkinopelos, Ephyra, Cassope, Orraon, the numerous castles, monasteries and temples of the region.
Nowadays, the city is embracing her new leading role in yacht chartering, becoming one of the most up and coming bases and desirable destinations for sailors.
6 reasons to choose Preveza as a base
Only 2km north of PVK International Airport with direct flights from Germany (Munich, Frankfurt, Stuttgart & Dusseldorf), Norway, Sweden, UK (London and Manchester), Norway, Italy, Austria, Greece (Athens, Creta, Corfu, Zakinthos & Kefallinia) and many more!
Small base, less stress for us, for you, for everybody!
Forget walking around with noisy, heavy supermarket trolleys! A transfer service to and from the supermarket is provided free of charge.
The mainland has its advantages!
Did you always dread coming back into port on a Friday? Now you will love it. Head to the lovely beach to the south of the town for a swim, a cold beer or a game of beach volleyball! Do you feel a thirst for information? Ask us to book you a city tour with a qualified tour guide/archaeologist in the late afternoon and you can find out everything about the history of this hidden treasure and round off the day enjoying dinner in the town’s peninsular-style, narrow streets. How about some cookery lessons? You can book cookery lessons and/or Greek wine tasting at a four-star hotel for your last night in Greece.
Let the wind take you: North Ionian, South Ionian or why not the Amvrakikos Gulf, one of the most important wetlands in Europe (RAMSAR, NATURA, National Park). We look forward to welcome you onboard!