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Lake Pamvotis, Ioannina

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Lake Pamvotida or Pamvotis, commonly also Lake Ioannina is the largest lake of Epirus, located in the central part of the Ioannina regional unit in northern Greece. The regional capital Ioannina to the west and the town of Perama to the north are urban settlements fringing the lake while the remaining of its periphery is composed of farmland. The lake features small fishing ports and a boating port. There is a regular boat service to the Ioannina Island. The Greek National Road 6 surrounds the northern half of the lake.GeographyLake Pamvotida is situated at 470 m elevation, south of the Mitsikeli mountains. It is fed by several small rivers. It has no surface outflow, but it is drained through karstic sinkholes towards the rivers Arachthos, Louros and Kalamas. In 1960 a tunnel and ditch were constructed that drain from the northern end of the lake to the river Kalamas. The small inhabited Ioannina Island, where Ali Pasha was hiding during the last days of his reign, is situated near the northern shore.BiologyUrbanisation and pollution are threatening the lake ecosystem, home to small mammals, waterbirds and a rich fish and crustacean fauna. Eutrophication results in algal blooms in summer. Lake Pamvotida is home to Tsima (Τσίμα), a species of fish endemic to the lake. Two bryozoan species have recently been reported from the lake.
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  • The Lake is too much beautiful. You can enjoy sipping a coffee at the beach shops, to make your ride to enjoy the local shops around and the geese and ducks that swim in the water. The boats carrying the world sequel to island of Kyra Frosyni.
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  • The Lake is intertwined with Giannina. Is one of the largest lakes of Greece and embracing the city of Ioannina, right next to the Castle's history. Some of the nicest places in the city are in contact with the Lake as the Promenade, the Twelve, Naytakia, etc-the area is ideal for hiking, walking, visiting by car and there are available many night and day entertainment stores of all kinds. Unique beauty of nature, combines tranquillity and fun in the same area.
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  • Beautiful and big lake in an amazing location. By car we went all the lake around, we saw many of strange animals. We had a great time!  more »