Lake Plastira: The jewel of Karditsa

Lake Plastira

When someone hears about human intervention in nature, he usually pictures traumatic alterations and concrete monsters. However, there are exceptions to the rule. Inarguably, one of these exceptions is the sluice of The jewel of Karditsa and the artificial lake of Plastira . The construction did not affect negatively the natural environment, but instead helped and enforced its development. The length of the lake is 14km, maximum width 4km, maximum depth 60m.

Lake Plastira is the embellishment of the Karditsa prefecture. It is found in the Plastira Municipality and is 25km West of 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. Standing at the edge of the river, where lies today the sluice of Megdoba River (Tauropos), 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.

Lake Plastira Map

Lake 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 reach up on the Larisa ‘s fields in the 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 offers all the shapes of the alternative tourism like climbing, fishing, walk in the wood, swimming and chase. The unique experience will be reward each visitor, without no doubt.

Lake Plastira is 340 km far from from Athens and 230km from Thessaloniki. After the city of karditsa you will follow the signs and after 25km you will meet the first villages of the lake.

The first village you will meet is Mesenikolas, a picturesque village amphitheatrically built at an altitude of 700m, a place of rich history. The next villages you will meet are:

Morfovouni, the village of Nikolaos Plastiras at an altitude of 800m and one of the bigger villages of mountain Karditsa and Limni Plastira area.

Kerasia, a beautiful village of Agrafa, built on a rock with panoramic view to the fields of Thessaly and the lake.

Kryoneri offers many tourist facilities and hiking paths that lead to the forest of firs, oaks and chestnut trees.

Kalivia Pezoulas is a well-developed village with organized beaches.

Fylakti is a village at an altitude of 1200 m with view to the forest of fir trees.

Glorious Neochori, capital of Agrafa in 16 th and 17 th century, still maintains its traditional character and is the most famous village of Plastira lake. In Neohori it is also worth visiting the botanical gardens that host plants making up the ecosystem of the area.

Moschato 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 see the villages: Mouha, Kastania, Lambero, Agios Athanasios.

The countryside around the lake is an excellent choice for many activities such as hiking through fir, oak, plane and chestnut trees, canoeing on the lake, riding, cycling, and cross-country driving with jeeps 4×4.

Enjoy the whole route round the lake and admire the dreamy picture all year!!!!

Lake Plastira Photos