he University of Ioannina boasts the first field station in the Organization of Biological Field Stations (OBFS) network to be situated in Mediterranean Europe. PALASE was established in 2012, in the former Labriadeios Textile & Weaving School.

Situated within the borders of Northern Pindos National Park, PALASE is surrounded by oak forests, meadows, wetlands and mountainous grasslands that host an amazing fauna of mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians as well as countless invertebrate species.

In close vicinity, there are:

  • The Vikos-Aoos National Forest
  • The Pindos National Forest
  • 11 NATURA 2000 areas
  • The UNESCO Vikos-Aoos Geopark
  • Prehistoric sites, Byzantine churches and monasteries, and villages with traditional stonework (16th – 19th c)


Other attractive features are:

  • Ease of access (Just 30 minutes from Ioannina airport)
  • Natural beauty and unique landscapes (Just 3 km from Vikos Gorge)
  • Vivid tradition and hospitality


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