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Lake Pamvotis, Ioannina

Categories: Bodies of Water, Nature & Parks
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4/5 based on 340 reviews on the web
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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  • A lake full o history surrounded with natures beauty. You should take the boat to the Ali Pasa Island. I therefore found the tickets expensive for the ride. To visit the Ali Pasa summer house you pay ...  read more »
  • Unparalleled beauty Lake. The walks around the Lake very good. We got and the boat to the island where he saw the House of Ali any. What struck me was that the food on the island was very cheap. Beautiful city by the Lake and the island will Surely come again..
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  • The lake's gorgeous. Perfect for an evening stroll and lined with a large selection of coffee shops, restaurants and bars. 
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