Lake Plastira is one of the most attractive places in Greece. It’s the perfect choice for someone who looks for serenity in nature, as well as for someone who loves adventure. Lake Plastira is one of the biggest artificial lakes in Greece, located about 25 km western of Karditsa.
It was created thanks to the conception of the Greek politician Nikolaos Plastiras, to construct a dam to collect the waters of Tavropos river. The purpose of the built up of the dam was to give life to the region who suffered from drought. Today, it’s used for irrigation and as a power source of a hydroelectric plant, but also as the main water source to the city of Karditsa.
Lake Plastira attracts thousands of visitors all year round. Every season in lake Plastira is different. The nature adjusts its colours and beauty to the scenery. Autumn is a colourful picture, winter is a white scenery, in spring and summer everything is green.
The area offers religious monuments with great cultural and architectural interest, monasteries, museums, the Agrafa’s Mountain Shelter, arched bridges, caves and places that offer panoramic views of Lake Plastira breathtaking. You should definitely visit the dam, the Observation Tower, the botanical garden, the Educational Forest Park of Belokomiti, the Monastery of Korona, the Monastery of Panagia Pelekiti and the Petras Monastery.
For those who want to explore Lake Plastira activities, activities such as horse-riding, archery, swimming, canoe, kayak, hiking through fir, oak and chestnut trees, hydrobike and mountain bike are waiting for you.
Hiking Lake Plastira
The Agrafa’s Mountain Shelter is the starting point for a network of hiking routes which have properly marked as guidance for hikers. The difficulty levels are different in every path. Agrafa’s Mountain Shelter is located at an altitude of 1.536m in the area Karamanoli, near Neraida village (6 km far). The view to Lake Plastira is breath-taking. Some indicative routes are the following:
- Agrafa’s Mountain Shelter – Karitsa. It’s an easy route of 5.2 km.
- Agrafa’s Mountain Shelter – Monastery of Panagia Pelekiti. It’s an easy route of 4 km.
- Agrafa’s Mountain Shelter-Cave Gaki. It’s of medium difficulty route of 7.85 km.
- Agrafa’s Mountain Shelter-Voutsikaki. It’s of hard difficulty route of 5.50 km
Within the Educational Forest Park of Belokomiti, the following 6 ecological hiking paths have been marked named as University forest area:
- M1: Belokomitis – Lake.
- M2: Lake- Zigogianneika
- M3: Lake – Observation Tower
- M4: Galatades – Zigogianneika
- M5: Observation Tower- Zigogianneika
- M6: Zigogianneika- Agrafa
During the total length of 15km routes within the forest you will come across with mountain Ftelia, chestnut, wild cherry, numerous shrubs and herbaceous vegetation as well as with rare species of birds.
You can also enjoy the hiking routes next to the lake on foot or by bike. Even if you don’t have your own bicycle, there are many centres near the lake, where you can rent a bike. Depending on your preferences, you can choose a route next to the lake, in the forest or in the mountains. There is a variety of routes with various level of the difficulty. The length of the routes is about 35 km.
Water activities in Lake Plastira
Riding a hydrobike in the lake (even with snow) is wonderful! You enjoy the beauties of the lake from a different angle. Your hydrobike experience will stay unforgettable.
You can also rent a canoe-kayak and explore the islands and the fjords of the lake. During the summer you can swim in the Lake. You will find 2 organized beaches, one in Lambero village and the second one in Kalyvia village.
Horse-riding in the meadows, adjacent to the Lake is another interesting activity. For those who want to try their skills at archery, there are several organized centers in the region. There is also opportunity for climbing in the way to Porti, near Mouzaki village.
Don’t omit to visit the traditional and picturesque villages which surround the Lake, such as Pezoula, Neochori, Kalivia, Mouzaki, Kerasia.
Every season, Lake Plastira activities are waiting for you.