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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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  • Beautiful large lake where you walk the perimeter. Has difference birds, ducks, etc. you can sit on one of the benches in the parks around and staring at for hours. There are several cafes and restaurants. Many trees give shade during the day. It has cobblestone streets suitable for young children. Features and playgrounds of the municipality. Enough people doing gymnastics and other fish. There are itineraries to visit the island. Beautiful attraction of the Ioannina Lake, you need who go there to visit her.
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  • Walking along the boardwalk (especially in the evening) is really amazing experience. You can find people selling books, pictures, local food and ferry boats ready to bring You to the lovely island in...  more »
  • The scene along this lake is great for people watching! It gets very busy in the sunset hours and late into the evening. What we enjoyed most was taking the boat to the island and walking through the ...  more »