Ammoudia of Preveza: The village and the beach at the mouth of a mythical river

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It is located near a river that has been made world famous by art.

The coast of Epirus, especially Preveza, is gaining more and more fans who choose it for its crystal clear waters, wonderful and endless sandy beaches, and green environment, which is very different from the Cyclades or southern Greece.

The beach and village that we present today have all these and more. A picturesque harbour, excellent (mainly seafood) food options, and possibilities for water sports. All this happens at the mouth of a mythical river.

Ammoudia is a village of about 300 permanent residents, part of the regional unity of Preveza, which, in ancient Greek mythological tradition, was under the rule of Chthonic deities.

The Acheron, which empties into the village's beach, was the river that the soul-bearer Hermes crossed. He delivered the souls of the dead to Charon, who, in his boat, transported them to Hades.

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About five kilometres away from Ammoudia, in the village of Mesopotamos, is the Necromanteion of Acheron, which differed in its role from those of Dodona and Delphi. But for now, let's go back to the beach.

Ammoudia has shallow, crystal-clear waters and a very wide beach with fine sand. These features, combined with fairly good and affordable accommodation, make it a particularly popular destination for families with small children.

In addition, you can try water sports such as water skiing, jet skiing and diving.

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You may be surprised that the sea waters show sudden temperature fluctuations, but this is because the beach is at the mouth of the Acheron.

What is certain is that whether you enjoy your swim in Ammoudia or choose one of the village's tavernas or cafes, this side of Epirus has its own grace.

Necromanteion of Acheron

Necromanteion of Acheron

As mentioned, the village of Ammoudia is very close to the Necromanteion of Acheron, the most important necromancy of antiquity. Here, the faithful did not come to seek an oracle for the future but to communicate with the souls of their dead relatives and loved ones.

It is located on the shores of the now-dried Acherusia Lake, where the Acheron and Kokytos rivers meet. Built on top of a hill, it is a multi-level complex of buildings and facilities with impressive acoustics in several places.

The remains preserved today are from the Hellenistic era. In the 18th century, a Christian monastery dedicated to Agios Ioannis the Forerunner was built over the site of the Necromanteion of Acheron, which still stands today.

The necromancy and, more generally, the role of the river in antiquity's mythology are the elements that made Acheron world-famous through painting, sculpture, literature, and other arts.

We suggest you get there by walking for about an hour along the banks of the river.

Boating on the Acheron River

Acheron river

Exploring this "dark" river by boat is a truly unforgettable experience. Acheron is part of the Natura network's protected areas, and its waters are ideal habitats for many species of Greek fauna and flora.

The calm waters of the last stretch of the river are easily navigable for all levels of fitness and kayaking knowledge, and you will make stops to observe and photograph them as you navigate the waters.

You'll see everything from frogs to hanging gophers and water turtles.

Food, coffee, drink

Taverna Archipelagos

Taverna Archipelagos

A beautiful restaurant overlooking the Acheron estuary, it specialises in fish and seafood. We recommend you indulge in the helpful staff's suggestions and leave room for some sweets.

Address: Ammoudia Preveza, Tel: +30 2684 041002, facebook.com

Roxani

Here, too, fish and seafood take centre stage. The menu is not big, but it is well thought out, and the portions are generous. Octopus, steamed mussels, and fava beans are highly recommended.

Address: Ammoudia Preveza, Tel: +30 2684 041110

G. Spot Cafe

It is a beautiful and cozy space open at all hours, whether for coffee, breakfast, or a drink and one of the tasty cocktails.

Address: Ammoudia Preveza, Tel: +30 2684 041757, facebook.com

Sunset Cafe Bar

You will enjoy breakfast and coffee overlooking the picturesque beach and the enchanting river. There is also a wide range of options, including delicious snacks, ice cream, light meals, drinks, and cocktails.

Address: Ammoudia Preveza, Tel: +30 2684 041367, facebook.com

How to get there?

Ammoudia is about 25 minutes by car from Parga, and from there, you will arrive via the Morfi-Anthousa Provincial Road. It is 45 minutes from Preveza, and you will follow the Preveza-Igoumenitsa National Road.

This article first appeared in Travel. Translated by Paul Antonopoulos.

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