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Lakes

There were dozens of natural and artificial lakes in Greece, as well as many lagoons. Most lakes are freshwater and have formed mainly far from the coastlines as a result of tectonic or volcanic forces, or from the melting of glaciers. Lagoons -which are shallow coastal water reservoirs connected to the sea via a wider or a narrower opening- can be converted to freshwater lakes when the inflow of saltwater from the sea is for some reason interrupted and an adequate inflow of freshwater occurs from flowing drainage basins.

There are also lakes with salt or brackish water, when the substratum contains many soluble salts or it receives an inflow of saltwater. Artificial lakes, which are created by the construction of dams in brooks, streams or rivers in order to store water for various objectives (irrigation, farming, drinking water, etc), is the most important category of artificial (man-made) wetlands in Greece. They cover a considerable area and have contributed to the creation of significant ecosystems in the Greek wetland chapter.

Greece has internationally significant protected wetlands that are included in the International Convention of Ramsar (1971), signed by Greece and ratified by virtue of Legislative Decree 191/74. There are 10 wetlands listed below:

  • Amvrakiko Bay: Etoloakarnania, Preveza, Arta
  • Axiou Delta - Loudia – Aliakmona: Thessaloniki, Imathia, Pieria
  • Evros Delta: Evros
  • Kotychiou Lagoon: Ileia
  • Mikri Prespa Lake: Florina
  • Vistonis Lake, Porto Lagos, Ismaris Lake (Mitrikou) and Mesis Lagoons: Rodopi, Xanthi
  • Koroneia and Volvi Lakes: Thessaloniki
  • Mesolongi Lagoon : Etoloakarnania
  • Nestou Delta and adjacent Lagoons: Xanthi
  • Kerkine Lake: Serres

 

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AETOLOAKARNANIA
Lagoon of Messolonghi

National Park of Messolonghi-Etoliko Lagoons, of lower flow, of Acheloos and Evinos rivers delta and of Echinades islands" (Official Government Gazette 477/31 May 2006). The park is located in...
Lakes reflecting beauty

Like stunning mirrors of outstanding natural beauty, lakes in Greece reflect the splendour of the Greek landscape in their waters. It is not by chance that the lakes of Greece, with their unique...
Trichonis Lake

Lake Trichonis, lies 6 km to the SE, on the way to Thermo. It is a small, enchanting "sea" amid mountains. Its area equals 97 square kilometers; more specifically, it measures 19 km in length, 6 km...
Voulkania Lake

Lake Voulkania, lies in proximity to the village of Agios Nikolaos. On the lake bottom rests a sunken town. The area includes the site known as the "Channel of Cleopatra", through which the joint...

CHANIA
Kourna Lake

West of Rethymnon lies the Lake of Kourna and the village of Kourna. The natural lake is a rare phenomenon for Crete and lies at the base of the White Mountains. Folklore has it that the lake is...

CORFU (KERKYRA)
Antionioti lagoon

The specific water biotope is located in the north coasts of Corfu island and is considered to be a very important one not just because the rare species of Lutra lutra lives here but also because it...

EVRYTANIA
Lake Stefaniada

A Mt. Agrafa Lake WHERE: Impressive Lake Stefaniada lies on the Agrafa massif, near Agrafa village. This is the youngest Greek lake as it was formed in 1963 when the earth collapsed, slowly...

FLORINA
Lakes reflecting beauty

Like stunning mirrors of outstanding natural beauty, lakes in Greece reflect the splendour of the Greek landscape in their waters. It is not by chance that the lakes of Greece, with their unique...
Small and Big Prespa

Small Prespa Surface area: 47. 35 km2 Deepest point: 8 m Great Prespa Surface area: 272 km2 Deepest point: 55 m In the Florina region, surrounded by mountains, there is a magical world of...

HERAKLION
Zaros Lake

West of Herakleion, in a small valley, lies the village of Zaros with its famous lake which is created by waters that run from the springs of Votomos. Around the lake there is a recreational area...

IOANNINA
Dragon lakes on the Greek mountains

They lie scattered on Greek mountains, enveloped in myth about strange creatures and stories created by locals in the past. These blue gems decorate the green and sometimes white backdrop of alpine...
Flenga Dragon Lakes

WHERE: On Mt Mavrovouni’s subalpine zone (between Kalampaka and Ioannina towns) on a 1,960 m. and a 1,940 m. elevation you will see two very beautiful natural mountain lakes, called the Flenga twin...
Lake Pamvotida

Surface area: 23 km2. Deepest point: 5 metres This well known lake was in ancient times known as “Pamvotis” (the great provider). Situated right next to the city of Ioannina, this uncommonly...
Lakes reflecting beauty

Like stunning mirrors of outstanding natural beauty, lakes in Greece reflect the splendour of the Greek landscape in their waters. It is not by chance that the lakes of Greece, with their unique...
Lakkou or Arvanita Dragon Lakes

WHERE: You will find these lakes on the east side of the Tymfi massif, on a 1,450 m. elevation under the towering heights of Goura, the second highest peak of the massif (2,463 m.). They are seasonal...
Mosia Dragon Lake

WHERE: It is a mountainous lake on Mt. Smolikas, right between Fourka and Samarina peaks. Mosia’s waters are blue during the spring and the summer and become frozen in the winter. The main lake...
Mt. Smolikas Dragon Lake

WHERE: It is located on a 2,200 m. elevation on Greece’s second highest mountain, Smolikas. It occupies an area of approx. 3,000-4,000 m2, its perimeter is about 380 human steps and it is a very deep...
Tymfi Dragon Lake

WHERE: It is located on a 2,050 m. elevation on Tymfi massif, between Aoos River and its tributary Voidomatis, in the reserve area of the North Pindus Range NW of Gamila crest (2,497 m.) which is...

KARDITSA
Lakes reflecting beauty

Like stunning mirrors of outstanding natural beauty, lakes in Greece reflect the splendour of the Greek landscape in their waters. It is not by chance that the lakes of Greece, with their unique...

KASTORIA
Arenon Dragon Lake

WHERE: Nestled in a lush beech forest in Moutsalia location, Arenon Lake is the border between Ioannina and Kastoria Districts as well as between Greece and Albania. It lies on a 1,740 m. elevation...
Dragon lakes on the Greek mountains

They lie scattered on Greek mountains, enveloped in myth about strange creatures and stories created by locals in the past. These blue gems decorate the green and sometimes white backdrop of alpine...
Gistova Dragon Lake

WHERE: This alpine lake is Greece’s largest one and the one on highest ground, as it lies on a 2,350 m. elevation on the massif bordering Albania. High altitude accounts for its frozen surface in...
Lakes reflecting beauty

Like stunning mirrors of outstanding natural beauty, lakes in Greece reflect the splendour of the Greek landscape in their waters. It is not by chance that the lakes of Greece, with their unique...

KILKIS
Doirani

Doirani lake is located in the area where Greece shares boarders with FYROM and extends over 42.5 km2 out of which 15.6 km2 belong to Greece. Its main source of water are the small streams which fall...
Metalliou lake

15 km away from Axioupoli there is a beautiful location with a 2 km long and 35 m deep artificial lake, also known as "Metalliou Lake" which is ideal for trout fishing, relaxing and activities in...
Smaragdenia Lake

The scenery is idyllic with virgin abundant vegetation and steep small slopes from where crystal clear waters fall forming small or large waterfalls. The area is ideal for different kinds of...

MAGNESIA
Lake - Skiathos

The lake, lying northeast of the port, constitutes an important wetland for migratory birds. On the way to the lake, visitors can see a well-preserved...

RODOPI
Ismarida lake

Ismarida lake and its lake complex are located in the south side of Rodopi prefecture. It took its name from the neighboring Ismaros mountain but locals call the lake "Mitrikou» or "Mana"...

SERRES
Kerkini Artifical Lake

Kerkini is a unique wetland. It was created through the construction of a dam against the flow of the river Strymonas and its waters were used for irrigation and controlling flooding. It is...

THESPROTIA
Kalodikiou Lake

Kalodikiou lake belongs to the Municipality of Margariti. It is next to Kalodiki settlement, 100 m northwest of Morfi village. Kalodiki is the largest lake in Thesprotia prefecture. It extends over...

THESSALONIKI
Volvi Lake

The areas surrounding Volvi lake are very interesting and have rare ecosystems, hydro-habitats, hydrophilous plants and trees. More than 200 bird species such as storks, egrets, flamingos, herons,...

TRIKALA
Flenga Dragon Lakes

WHERE: On Mt Mavrovouni’s subalpine zone (between Kalampaka and Ioannina towns) on a 1,960 m. and a 1,940 m. elevation you will see two very beautiful natural mountain lakes, called the Flenga twin...
Verlinga or Vringa Dragon Lake

WHERE: Near Chaliki, the northernmost village of Aspropotamos area on Mt. Lakmos (aka Peristeri), on a 2,050 m. altitude, you will reach the third mythical dragon lake of the Pindus Range, named...

XANTHI
Porto Lagos-Vistonida Lake

Porto Lagos is a small scenic village, which is coastal and lakeside at the same time since next to it is Vistonida lake and its coasts are washed by the Thracian sea. It is located on the...
Vistonida Lake

A dreamy lake in Northern Greece In the middle of a large and fertile plain marking the boundary between the regions of Rhodope and Xanthi, lies Lake Vistonida, one of the most beautiful wetlands...

LOCATION UNRELEATED RESULTS
An escape to Lake Kerkini

Lake Kerkini in Northern Greece, one of the most important wetlands in Europe, is considered to be one of the top European bird watching destinations. About 300 bird species have been observed here:...

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