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The Greek lakes' fascination

Lake Melissanis, Kephalonia

This is a lake secluded in a cave, located approximately two kilometers away from Sami . The natural entrance to the cave has been created by the fall of a piece of its roof while an artificial entrance has also been constructed to facilitate the visit of Melissani . The cave is magically covered with stalactites, 160 meters long and 40 meters wide and reachable by small boats . The water is 39 meters deep. Main characteristic of the lake is the contrasting colors of the water when the sunlight enters the cave from the open roof . Excavations in the lake discovered findings dated back to the 3rd and 4th century BC . The findings indicate the worship of the god Pan in the region. The findings show that the cave in ancient times was a place of worship, also called Cave of the Nymphs . The stalactites in the cave are considered to be approximately 20,000 years old . Cave Melissanis is undoubtedly a globally unique geological phenomenon you should not miss paying a visit!

Lake Pamvotida at Ioannina

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

Vegoritida lake

Towering mountains and a big lake compose the imposing landscape of this region. The mountains are Voras, Vermio, Skopos and Askio and the lake is Vegoritida.The village of Agios Panteleimonas near by the lake, is also an interesting tourist destination. Visitors can choose among many interesting itineraries and various mountain activities, depending on their preferences and physical condition. A visit to the region is definitely a return to Nature…

Plastira’s Lake

A magical landscape created by nature, with human intervention, since the lake is artificial. The waters between the mountains have created a unique painting that you will never forget. Picturesque villages, spectacular view, many options for accommodation, very good food are the pluses of the Lake. If you have not yet visited the lake, plan your trip and believe us, we will not go just once…

Kerkini Lake

It is located in prefecture of Serres and really captures it’s visitors.Despite the fact that it is an artificial lake, it is today a very important international wetland of Greece, since it gives selter to many seldom aquatic bird species. We had the chance to make the tour of the lake a summer day, when the water shone blue and the birds were refreshed in the lake continuously. We approached herons, we saw buffalos and horses grazing at the banks of the lake and alive trees, baptised in the lake water, which stand and infrequent birds sitting on their branches.

Kaiafa’s Lake

It is located in prefecture of Serres and really captures it’s visitors.Despite the fact that it is an artificial lake, it is today a very important international wetland of Greece, since it gives selter to many seldom aquatic bird species. We had the chance to make the tour of the lake a summer day, when the water shone blue and the birds were refreshed in the lake continuously. We approached herons, we saw buffalos and horses grazing at the banks of the lake and alive trees, baptised in the lake water, which stand and infrequent birds sitting on their branches.

Lake of Polifito

It is an artificial lake and is located 2o kilometres southeast of Kozani. It is one of the biggest artificial lakes of Greece where a modern floating harbour was constructed in order ecotouristical, fishing and sailing activities to be developed. The distance from Polifito to Velvendo is superb. The lake’s visitor is able to fish, swim and camp.


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Maria Athanssopoulos was born in the city of Tripoli, Greece, 1968. She has worked as a lawyer for almost 20 years. She writes interesting articles and takes photographs from the places she visits, since 2009. She run her own travel related web pages. She likes exploring new places and new cultures. She loves writing about her travel experiences. She also loves the art of photography. She has travelled almost all over Europe, but also in Turkey. Her plans for the future are to visit a lot more countries. Stay tuned!



2 thoughts on “The Greek lakes' fascination

  1. Profile photo of Aisha AbdelAisha Abdel

    How very beautiful, the lakes of Greece! We always think of the Sea in relation to Greece, but you share very lovely descriptions of the lakes, and I hope someday to see them all! Thank you very much for sharing! Oh, and you really intrigued me about Lady Frosini, so I did a little search and found out she was a married woman having an adultrous affair with the married son of Ali Pasha… oh dear… ! This is what I read: "Kyra-Frosini was the wife of Ioannina merchant Dimitrios Vasiliou, renowned in the area for her beauty and intelligence. As her husband was away for extended periods of time to Venice, on business, she met and had an affair with Muhtar Pasha who was the eldest son of the region's ruler, Ali Pasha. The wife of Muhtar Pasha found out about the affair while her husband was away in Adrianople, went to Ali Pasha and demanded that he take action. Ali Pasha proceeded to arrest Kyra-Frosini in person and locked her up in prison along with 17 other women, also adulteresses. The arrest caused an uproar amongst Ioannina's Greek community and Ali Pasha hesitated to take action. Finally, two days later, on January 11, 1801, he ordered the 18 women to be drowned in Lake Pambotis. The execution took place but the local Greeks came to view the women – especially Kyra-Frosini – as martyrs of their faith and nation. Kyra-Frosini was buried with honours and her two children were taken in by the Bishop of Ioannina who was her uncle." … It is a very sad history, unfortunately, but your article of the lakes is very beautiful, thanks again!

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  2. Profile photo of MariaMaria Post author

    Hi Aisha and thanks for your comment! The main target of my posts is to show some unknown aspects of Greece. About the story of kyra Frosini although it is a sad one, her legend still lives on the lake!

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