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Pamvotida Lake I Ioannina

Updated: Nov 22, 2019

Pamvotida Lake, widely known also as the Lake of Ioannina, is one of the largest lakes in Greece and the largest lake of Ioannina.

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The lake, which drains to the rivers Kalamas, Louros and Arachthos, is at 470 m. altitude, close to Mitsikeli mountains, and it is surrounded by farmlands and two urban settlements. Ioannina city to the west and Perama town to the north.

Photo by: Onno Zweers, DSC 9197-lake-pamvotis, CC BY-SA 3.0


The lake has several fishing ports. It also has a boat port, from which boats leave for Ioannina island, where Ali Pasha was hiding during his last days. Today’s urbanization threatens the lace ecosystem, which is home to a rich fauna and flora.


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