Ioannina

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Template:Ioannina is a city in Greece. is the capital and largest city of Epirus, an administrative region in north-western Greece, with a population of 112,486 (in 2011). It lies at an elevation of approximately 500 metres (1,640 feet) above sea level, on the western shore of lake Pamvotis (Παμβώτις). It is located within the Ioannina municipality, and is the capital of Ioannina regional unit and the region of Epirus. Ioannina is located 450 km (280 mi) northwest of Athens, 290 kilometres (180 miles) southwest of Thessaloniki and 80 km (50 miles) east of the port of Igoumenitsa in the Ionian Sea.

Hitching out

North-East towards Macedonia, Bitola, Skopje

From city center you just follow main road toward highway and after maybe 10 minutes you will come on petrol station(on right side of road), there is a lot of traffic but people are not keen to pick you up. Wait time was about one hour. They could drove you to highway that leads to Thessaloniki and than you can catch ride on high way intersection. You have okay place to hitch hike there because cars are going from both direction on this high way to Thessaloniki. On high way fence you can read mark that this is not so good place for hitchhiking, somebody wrote this before. There were not so many cars but you can catch a ride to Kozani and than from Kozani to Bitola in Macedonia. If somebody drop you in Kozani and you need to go Macedonia-Bitola, Skopje that will not be so good. You can ask driver maybe if he could drive you to highway 27 and than driver can go right on petrol station and back to Kozani city. Now you are really on high way and only this road is going to Macedonia, Bitola, Skopje, you could not go anywhere from that place and you need to try to hitchhike there. Cars drive fast but you could catch a ride there and stop car (even that is high way but sometimes you do not have any other option). In Greece they really do not like if you say that you will go to Macedonia, better you say that you are going toward Skopje. (hitchhiking there in June 2013.)