Lake Plastiras - Karditsa

The region of Plastira Lake is the destination of thousands of tourists. The artificial Lake of Nikolaos Plastiras lies west of Karditsa, in a distance of approximately 20 km, 326 km northern Athens and 250 km southern Thessaloniki.

The lake is named after the Greek general and politician Nikolaos Plastiras, who was the first to visualize the construction of an artificial lake in the area in 1925. It was created at the plateau of Nevropoli, at an altitude of 800 m, when the waters of the Megdova river flooded the area following the construction of a dam in "Kakkavakia" area. The dam which lies near the Moucha settlement was concluded in 1959. Its height is 83 m. and its length 220 m.

Apart from its contribution to the tourist development of the Prefecture, the other benefits are tremendous as well. With the utilization of its waters, electrical energy of 40 MWH per week is produced. More than 100 thousand stremmata of the lowlands of the Prefecture are irrigated and the town of Karditsa, as well as tens of other villages, is supplied with water.

The beauty and the charm of the area are known to thousands of visitors. It has a considerable infrastructure, such as: Environmental Education Centre, Educational Forest, Ecological Paths, Botanical Garden, Hydro-biological Station, Observatory, Alpine Shelters, and Outdoor Activity Centres.

There are important monuments and places of interest in the wider region (Sacred Monastery of Korona, Sacred Monastery of Pelekiti, Sacred Monastery of Petra, Gaki cave, Kaimakia cave etc).

The circumferential stretch of the Lake (approximately 60 km) is pleasant and comfortable all year round. During the stretch there are many hotels, pensions and rooms to let. There are also many taverns and restaurants with tasty appetizers and well-cooked food, trout, game, grilled meats, wine and local raki. The visitors can buy local products from the producers of the region, spoon sweets, frumenty, garden products, wine, raki etc.

The area around the Lake belongs to the Municipalities: Nevropoli, Plastira and Itamos. The following villages and settlements are located at an altitude higher than the plateau and with a view over the Lake: Kryoneri, Pezoula, Kalivia Pezoulas, Fylakti, Neraida, Kalivia Fylaktis, Neochori, Belokomytis, Plakoto, Karitsa, Karvasaras, Moucha, Kastania, Lampero and Ag. Athanasios Laberou.

Morfovouni, Mesenikolas, Moschato, Katafygi villages are located near the Lake at an altitude lower than the plateau. They occupy the South-Eastern side of the plateau with a panoramic view over the vast plain of Thessaly. The basic road axes to Plastira Lake pass by these villages.

There are plenty of activites in and round the lake such as: Hiking, Mountain biking, Horse riding, Boating, Fishing, Archery and Parapente.

Texts: Kandilas Elias

Sources:

http://www.odigoslimnisplastira.gr/
http://www.inthessaly.gr/el/plastiras-lake-1.html
http://www.plastiras-net.gr/lake_en.asp
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Plastiras

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