Plastira Lake is a lake located on the plateau of Nevropoli in the Prefecture of Karditsa. In fact, it is called Lake Plastira (Lake Plastiras) - a name that was taken by the Prime Minister of Greece Nikolaos Plastiras - and is located 30 km west of Karditsa. The lake is artificial and was created after the construction of the barrier, an enormous arched structure of 83 m high and 200 m long. Plastira Lake occupies the Agrafa mountain range and is an ornament not only of the Prefecture of Karditsa but also of Greece. It is an artificial lake, and its official name is Lake Tauropus.
It was formed in 1959 with the completion of the dam at the south end of the River Tavropos or Megdowa, and the idea of its construction was attributed to the military and political Nicholas Plastiras when in 1935 he visited his hometown and had catastrophic floods in the region and Macedonia from constant rainfall, seeing the site is said to have "that one day it will become a lake", from which its most famous name.
Its funding was made from money that Italy owed to Greece (war reparations) and construction was undertaken by a French company. Today, PPC's management is being undertaken. Before the construction of the lake, there was on the plateau the so-called Neraida airport, which was created during the occupation by the English, where he landed in the occupied Greece the first allied plane (August 1943).
It contains 400 million cubic meters of water, it has a maximum length of 12 km, a maximum width of 4 km, its total surface is 24 km2, its maximum depth is about 60 m and its maximum altitude is 750 m. Its water is used for irrigation and power generation, as there is also a 129,9MWatt hydroelectric power plant in the village of Mitropolis. In recent years it has also been used for tourism, with several activities on and around the lake.
Adventures with 4x4 on dirt roads, cycling and hiking in beautiful forests, backyard in the hotel room overlooking the lake and the snow-covered mountains, rustic delights in the taverns. A favorite mountain destination for nature lovers and fans of alternative sports and families, Lake Plastira, at an altitude of 750 m in the southwest of Karditsa Prefecture, is surrounded by 18 beautiful and picturesque hamlets and has developed tourist infrastructure. Do not leave a measure of unexplored 55 km that is required to complete the round of the lake, which covers an area of approximately 25,000 acres. Neochori - the most developed tourist in relation to the other villages - spreads on the slope and offers panoramic views of Lake Plastira. Also known as "Beach", Kalyvia Pezoulas, a stone's throw from the lake, on the southwestern side, took their name from the one-storied rough constructions of reed and mud, in which the farmers and the farmers stored their agricultural products and tools . In the village you will find companies that organize outdoor activities such as horse riding and archery, as well as many taverns. Neraida, in the fir trees, at an altitude of 1,120 m and overlooking the breathtaking lake, is ideal for trips to the Alexandri fountain or the Genoese Theotokou Temple (16th century) 3 km northeast of the village. Kastania, hidden in a spruce-covered area, is the ideal destination for the lovers of the campsite, as there is organized camping in the area. Do not leave here if you do not see one of the three remaining stunning crafts in Greece. In the village there are rooms for rent and a community hostel. Other beautiful villages are Pezoula, built on the banks of the Great River, with the houses of the settlement spread on both sides of the ravine with chestnuts, fir and oak trees, and Belokomatis, perched on a picturesque slope of Agrafa, with the stone houses, flowered courtyards and wood-carved balconies to "decorate" its narrow streets.stone houses, flowered courtyards and wood-carved balconies to "decorate" its narrow streets. The prefecture of Karditsa occupies the southwestern part of Thessaly. It has an area of 2,636 sq. Km. and a population of about 113,000 inhabitants. The capital of the prefecture is Karditsa.
North with the prefectures of Trikala and Larissa
South with the prefectures of Evritania and Fthiotida
East with the prefecture of Larissa
West to the Prefectures of Trikala and Arta
Lakes: Tavropos (Known as Lake Plastiras - craftsman), Smokovo (craftsman)
Rivers: Acheloos, Tavropos (or Megdovas)