The Lake of Ioannina is very significant to the city , a kind of landscape where the traveler is invited to explore around, using the small boats available on shore . Crossing the lake to reach the island, located right in the middle of the water plane, is enough to understand the uniqueness of this wetland. The majestic mountains of Epirus are impressively reflected in the water and the emerald shores of the lake. The lake is the home of rare species of flora and fauna including scampi catfish, carp , ducks , eels and many amphibians and migratory birds. Some quantities of Greek caviar are produced by the local municipality. The Lake is the second oldest lake in Europe. Closely tied to the Lake is the legend of lady Frosini , the woman who Ali Pasha drowned in its waters, along with 16 other women from Ioannina . The lake belongs to the European network of protected areas (NATURA 2000) and its presence dates back to 10,000 BC
In Greece there are two inhabited islands in lakes . One of them is the Island of the Lake Pamvotida in Ioannina. The island is located in the northwestern part of Pamvotida Lake and has an area of about 200 acres. The settlement was built on the north side of the island and consists of approximately 110 homes. It has been declared as traditional settlement because the buildings are built with the traditional architecture of Epirus. The first references to the island come from the 13th century AD , when the first monasteries were built. The settlement was founded in the 17th century AD and a tradition says that the first inhabitants came from the area of Mani. The island is dominated by the legend of Ali Pasha , who was Muslim Turkish-Albanian and was murdered finally in the Island of Ioannina. Today the visitor may visit the museum of Ali Pasha. Besides all the above however , a visit to the island will surely offer you a trip to the past , enjoying the narrow cobbled streets, the traditional buildings and the view of the lake .