Ioannina – Lake Pamvotis, the Jewel of the District!

Widely also known as Pamvotida or Lake of Ioannina, Lake Pamvotis extends in 23 square kilometres, 470 m above sea level and is believed to have been in existence for more than 10,000 years!

Ioannina lies on its west side.

Ioannina - Lake Pamvotis
Ioannina – Lake Pamvotis © Nicholas VK

Lake Pamvotida is also famous through history since Ali Pasha, the notorious Turk commander, drowned lady Frosyni and 16 other women in the lake.

Ioannina Lake Pamvotis - Menelaos Sykovelis
Ioannina Lake Pamvotis © Menelaos Sykovelis

Another Pasha, Dourahan Pasha of Roumeli, crossed the frozen lake with his army, thinking it was land. He considered it a miracle and because of that, he built the Christian monastery of Dourahani.

In the years 1888, 1928, 1958 and 1992 the lake froze in the degree that the residents of the little island were going to Ioannina on foot or by bicycle. And this for Greece is a strange phenomenon so it has been recorded accordingly.

In the winter the overall scenery is magical, especially after a snowfall. In the summer the shade of the plane trees is a bliss. In Spring everything is so green and lively but the colours of fall are the ones that make a huge impact to all visitors when the thousands of the shades or brown and orange get combined with the colours of the sky and the lake and deliver a fascinating setting.

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Ioannina Lake Pamvotis © Menelaos Sykovelis

Lake Pamvotis is the favourite meeting point of the locals and all Greeks visiting the area. This is where friends, families, visitors, university students and tourists gather for a stroll, a walk or even a cardio workout. But this is also the place that is full of cafes and restaurants that when the weather is good no matter what season is then everything is full of people enjoying their moments close to their alluring lake.