Sivota is a picturesque village in the coastal line of the Ionian Sea, in Thesprotia. It is only a half-hour drive from the main city of Thesprotia, Igoumenitsa, and it is the best-known resort in the region. Since the 2011 local government reform it is part of the municipality Igoumenitsa, of which it is a municipal unit. The population in 2011 was 875 for the village, and 2,640 for the municipal unit. The seat of the municipality was in Plataria.


Sivota is built in an idyllic landscape: verdant hills around an enchanting bay, islets that remind of Norwegian fjords, crystal-clear waters and spotless beaches justify fully that Syvota is a centre of attraction for thousands of tourists from Greece or abroad every year.

Sivota is known since antiquity, as historic research associates the islets in the bay of Sivota with the 'Sivotia islands', Thucydides says were the field of a sea battle between the Corinthians and the Corcyraeans in 433 BC, in the years of the Peloponnesian War.

The earliest recorded inhabitants of the region are the Thesprotians, a Greek tribe of Epirus. In antiquity, the location was called Sybota and was the site of the Battle of Sibota.

During the Middle Ages, Syvota, like the rest of Epirus, was part of the Byzantine Empire and the Despotate of Epirus. Under the Turks, it was called Mourtos.

After nearly 500 years of Ottoman rule, Sivota joined Greece in 1913, following the Balkan Wars. The coastal village of Sivota (Albanian: Murto or Vola) was home to Cham Albanians before 1944, when they were expelled for collaborating with the Axis Powers.

Nowadays, Sivota has turned into a tourist resort. The beaches Megas Ammos, Mikri Ammos, Bella Vraka etc. and the excellent tourist facilities attract many tourists every summer. It is indeed a gifted by nature region, which fascinates the visitor.