Lake of Ziros

11/12/2015

Lake Ziros is located 2 kilometres to the west of the Filippiada-Ioannina national road, opposite the community of Pantanassa in Arta. Its name is of Slavic origin (Ozero = lake in Russian).

Stylish buildings that blend harmoniously with the region were built on the banks of Lake Ziros between 1950 and 1955. The purpose was to create a Children’s City (Paidoupolis in Greek, also known as Ziropolis) to look after the orphaned children of the Second World War and the Greek Civil War, on the initiative of Queen Frederica.

Lake Ziros is an important and stunning natural attraction, which is relatively unknown to the public because it is not shown on tourist maps with a scale below 1:300,000. The buildings of Ziropolis were designed by Austrian architects in 1955. The lake is approximately 1000 m long and 500 m wide and has an elliptical shape. It has a depth of over 25 m at its deepest point. Until 1965, when it was almost destroyed by an earthquake, Ziropolis was an important educational, cultural and economic centre in the region.

Lake Ziros is rarely used for sports, except for illegal mullet fishing and illegal swimming, which was finally forbidden after several children drowned during the post-war period when they were swimming without life jackets in the freshwater areas. At present this is inconceivable, as all water activities take place with a life jacket. The rumour of supposed whirlpools and eddies which drag swimmers in is not true. In 1992 Lake Ziros and the Ziropolis facilities were used by the Prefecture of Preveza to house Albanian and Northern Epirot economic refugees. In 1994-1995, it was used for water skiing competitions by the Ioannina Nautical Club, but this was stopped after complaints from the Preveza Environmental Society because they were polluting the waters with petrol and oil, and the noise of the engines was disturbing birds in the surrounding forests. On 25 May 1997, for the first time, a trip was made around the coastline of the lake with Swedish inkas canoes.

Lake Ziros, is a major attraction that is relatively unknown to the public, because there is no tourist maps at a scale less than 1: 300,000. The buildings of Ziropolis designed by Austrian architects in 1955. The diameter of the lake is approximately 1000m wide and 500m. Its shape is elliptical. The maximum depth of over 25 meters. The Ziropoli until 1965, when virtually destroyed by an earthquake, was an important educational, cultural and economic core area.

Σπόρ στη λίμνη Ζηρού
H λίμνη Ζηρού ουδέποτε είχε χρησιμοποιηθεί για αθλήματα πλήν της παράνομης αλιείας κέφαλου και της παράνομης κολύμβησης, η οποία τελικά κατέληξε σε απαγορευμένο καρπό λόγω του πνιγμού αρκετών νεαρών τη μεταπολεμική περίοδο που κολυμπούσαν χωρίς σωσίβιο σε γλυκά νερά. Σήμερα αυτό είναι αδιανόητο και όλες οι υδάτινες δραστηριότητες γίνονται με σωσίβιο γιλέκο. Η φήμη ότι δήθεν υπάρχουν «ρουφήχτρες» με στρόβιλο που ρουφά τους κολυμβητές δεν ευσταθεί, και αποτελεί μύθο. Το 1992 η Λίμνη Ζηρού με τις εγκαταστάσεις της Ζηρόπολης χρησιμοποιήθηκε από τη Νομαρχία Πρέβεζας για την στέγαση των Αλβανών και Βόρειοηπειρωτών οικονομικών προσφύγων. Το 1994-1995 χρησιμοποιήθηκε για αγώνες σκί, από τον Ναυτικό Όμιλο Ιωαννίνων, αλλά μετά από διαμαρτυρίες της «Περιβαλλοντολογικής Εταιρείας Πρέβεζας» αυτό σταμάτησε, γιατί ρύπαιναν με πετρελαιοειδή τα νερά και με το θόρυβο των μηχανών τα πουλιά του περικείμενου δάσους. Στις 25 Μαΐου 1997 για πρώτη φορά, έγινε κυκλική διάπλευση της λίμνης με κωπήλατο σουηδικό Canoe Inkas και πλήρης φωτογράφηση σε Slides των παραλίμνιων ακτών από τον Χαρ.Γκούβα και τον Γρ.Κατσίλη. Τον Ιούνιο 1998 η Νομαρχία Πρέβεζας ανακοίνωσε ότι θα απορροφηθούν ειδικά κονδύλια της Ευρωπαϊκής Ένωσης για την ανάπλαση και ανάπτυξη οικολογικού τουρισμού στην περιοχή της λίμνης Ζηρού.

Κείμενο του Χαράλαμπου Γκούβα από το βιβλίο του “Ο υδάτινος κόσμος της Πρέβεζας”

Sports Lake Ziros
H Lake Ziros never been used for sports other than illegal fishing mullet and illegal swimming, which ultimately resulted in forbidden fruit because of choking several young postwar period were swimming without a lifejacket in freshwater. Today it is unthinkable and all water activities are with life jacket. The rumor that supposedly are “sinks” vortex sucking swimmers is unfounded, and is a myth. In 1992 Lake Ziros with facilities Ziropolis used by the Prefecture of Preveza to house Albanians and Northern Epirus economic refugees. In 1994-1995 it was used for ski races, from Ioannina Nautical Club, but after protests from the ‘Environmental Company Preveza “it stopped, why is littered with mineral oils, water and noise of machines the birds of the proximity of the forest. On May 25, 1997 for the first time, it became circular crossings of the lake with rowing Swedish Canoe Inkas and full photography Slides of littoral coast from Char.Gkouva and Gr.Katsili. In June 1998 the prefecture of Preveza announced that it will be absorbed especially European Union funds for the renovation and development of eco-tourism in the area of ​​Lake Ziros.

Text of Charalambos Gkouva from his book “The water world of Preveza”

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