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Plastiras Lake and surrounding area in Greece

Greece is not just sea and islands but also mountains and landscape!
We want to introduce you one of the most interesting places in the Pindus mountains in mainland Greece: The Plastiras Lake and the surrounding area!

Plastiras Lake in Greece is renowned for its beautiful landscape composed of the alpine peaks and fjord-like scenes. It is 60 km from Meteora and 336 km from Athens International Airport.

Plastiras Lake


Plastiras Lake

Plastiras Lake is 60km away from Meteora, only 1+ hours by car. Plastiras Lake also called Tavropos Reservoir. Is an artificial lake fed by Tavropos (Megdovas) river, located in Karditsa regional unit, near the city of Karditsa, Greece. The lake is named after the Greek general and politician Nikolaos Plastiras, who was the first to visualize the construction of an artificial lake in the area.

Plastiras Lake

Creating the reservoir

After the Second World war, the idea was revived by Plastiras as he was proclaimed Prime Minister. The (then newly formed) Power Corporation adopted the project as part of their effort to electrify the country and the city of Karditsa in central Greece. An international contest was held in 1953 that was won by the French Omniun Lyonnais. The building of the dam started on December 14, 1955. On October 30, 1960 the dam was officially inaugurated, although the flooding may have started as early as the last months of 1959.

Plastiras Lake

The lake today

Tavropos Reservoir
Today the lake holds up to 400 million cubic meters of fresh water. It is used for irrigation and as a power source of a hydroelectric plant, but also as the main water source to the city of Karditsa. Due to its altitude (one of the highest in Europe) the Tavropos Reservoir is a popular tourist resort in Greece, as the formed landscape is quite unique.

Paleokarya Waterfall

The idyllic landscape of Paleokarya Waterfall and Pyli’s Stone Bridge in Central Greece!  The stone bridge of Paleokarya with its 2 artificial waterfalls has been standing there since the 16th century. The bridge of Palaiokaryas connected the Region of Thessaly to the Region of Epirus. It is a stone arched bridge with a length of 26 meters. The 12 meters high waterfall behind the bridge creates a stunning image!

Plastiras Lake


Stone Bridge of Pyli

Until 1936 this bridge was the only passage from Thessaly to Epirus, joining the mountains Itamos and Koziakas. It is the second largest arch bridge of Thessaly built-in 1514 by St. Vissarion.
The opening of the arch is 29 meters approximately, the maximum height reaches the 13 meters, has a total length of 65.67 meters and a deck width of 2.10 meters. The bridge has been restored in 1968 and 1983.

Bridge of Pyli


Stone Bridge of Sarakina

Sarakina village is known for its famous stone bridge (14th c.). The Bridge served the transport from Pindos villages and Aspropotamos village to Sarakina and surrounding villages.
The bridge connects Sarakina village with isolated rock “Petra” in the north, down from which it is built the chapel of the Holy Apostles in 17th century with frescoes from various ages. Previously served to transport to the villages of Pindos and Epirous.
Today it replaced by a new bridge, which is 150 m near to the old bridge. The total length of the old bridge is 123 m. From the old bridge now saved four semicircular arches form. The bridge was built with the help of Saint Vissarion in 1520. It is the most remarkable and important art monument from our architectural heritage, in the prefecture of Trikala.

Bridge of Sarakina

Bridge of Sarakina

Private All Day Plastiras Photo Tour can help to visit and photograph those beautiful places and it is scheduled at a different time around the year, depending on the time difference. Not that we take a break to have lunch in a traditional Greek tavern and finally we finish after 8+ hours.
During your vacation in Greece, make sure that you visit Meteora Region and Plastiras Lake and shoot from the best spots. Take the unique opportunity to have the best photos, in Plastiras Lake mountains and the surrounding area.

Ask us for a customized private photography trip at the lake and the surrounding area!