Lake Plastira is actually a man-made project, and not a natural lake. It was created in order to support the dam that supplies water to the whole region of Thessaly.
The project was the vision of the politician Nikolaos Plastiras, from where the lake takes its name.
The greater areas of Lake Plastira are one of immense natural beauty where visitors will find all of the beautiful elements, perfecting forming together to create a scenery filled with lovely colours.
Limni Plastira is 340 km far from from Athens and 230km from Thessaloniki. Driving through the city of Karditsa you will follow the signs, pass the city Hospital and 25km after you will meet the first villages of the lake. The unique spectacle will reward every visitor.
The length of the lake is 14km, maximum width 4km, maximum depth 60m. Limni (lake) Plastira is the embellishment of the Karditsa prefecture. It is found in the Plastira Municipality and is 25km West of the Karditsa prefecture in altitude 1000m.
It was created by the waters of the Megdova river, tributary of Acheloos, and took its name from Nikolao Plastira, a big patriot and visionary of that period. General Nikolaos Plastiras inspired this ambitious project in 1925.
Limni Plastira Article
Standing at the edge of the river, where lies today the sluice of Megdova River (or Tavropos), he envisioned this area as a huge artificial lake.
In 1959, six years after his death, his vision of a beautiful lake came to life, providing with water the thirsty villages of Karditsa and offering electricity of some hundred million kilowatt-hours. Limni Plastira is one of the bigger artificial lakes in Greece.
It constitutes a source of life for the entire of Karditsa. By the lake is drawing all the city of Karditsa and many communities. The water of the lake is the life for the Larisa 's fields during summer times. The landscape is magical; the exquisite lake with the deep light blue is surrounded by high and overgrown mountains and thick woods.
The region is considered a "paradise" for the nature-worshippers and is an excellent choice for many activities. At the beautiful and peaceful setting of the lake you can enjoy mountain sports such as: hiking through fir, oak, plane and chestnut trees, riding well trained horses, cycling on a mountain bike, canoeing, boating or riding a hydro bike in the lake, take a long walk in the peaceful mountain land or cross-country driving with 4x4 jeeps.
Every season is beautiful at the Lake. Autumn is a colourful picture, winter is the white picture, spring and summer everything is green. Include Lake Plastira in your tour and give a different touch to your tour.
Limni Plastira Activities:
Some of the popular activities that visitors can enjoy include trekking and hiking.
You can follow some wonderful paths and trails, passing along inspiring and unique landscape.
It is strictly forbidden to use any engine boat or water vehicle on the lake, but there are special water bicycles that one can use.
Lake Plastira and Karditsa as a whole are extremely scenic and beautiful parts of the country that really need to be explored to be appreciated.
Enjoy kayiak and canoe and other watersports, which are amongst one of the most popular activities with visitors here.
Destinations in Limni Plastira:
Fylakti is a village at an altitude of 1200m with view to the forest of fir trees.
Neohori , capital of Agrafa during 16th and 17th century, still maintains its traditional character and is the most well known village of Plastira lake.
In Neohori, the botanical gardens that host plants making up the ecosystem of the area is worth visiting.
Moshato is one of the most beautiful and picturesque villages with a small stone bridge and cobbled road that leads to the square.
You will also meet the villages: Mouha, Kastania, Lambero, Agios Athanasios.