Greece is mostly celebrated for deep blue waters and salty seashores, but the country is also home to a number of calming natural lakes and lagoons surrounded by breathtaking mountains, forests, and wildlife. These freshwater or semi-freshwater bodies are an important addition to Greece’s unique ecosystem. Five lakes and lagoons to visit in Greece are listed below:
- Evros Delta in Evros – A wetland that’s full of life, this protected area bordering Turkey is host to hundreds of thousands of fish and migratory birds annually. The Evros River, which springs from the Rila mountains of Bulgaria, spans a total length of 528 kilometers, 218 of which determine the boundaries of Greece, which hosts 6.3% of the river basin, according to the Evros Delta’s official website.
- Lake Pamvotida in Ioannina – The largest lake in Epirus, Lake Pamvotida surrounds the small inhabited island of Ioannina, known as the last refuge of Ali Pasha. Local eateries here serve lake delicacies including carp, frogs, and freshwater eels.
- Mikri Prespa in Florina – Shared between Albania and Greece, this lake serves as an important breeding ground for the Dalmatian Pelican and is also home to the St. Achilleios island.
- Volvi Lake in Thessaloniki – Situated in the Chalkidiki Peninsula, this lake is the second largest in Greece and was around since prehistoric times. The area is home to hundreds of plant, bird, fish, amphibian, and mammal species.
- Messolonghi Lagoon – Situated south of Central Greece, the National Parks of Messolonghi-Etoliko Lagoons includes this body of water which hosts fish farms and is home to a number of bird species including the Greater Flamingo, the Imperial Eagle, the Dalmatian Pelican, and more.
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