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Messolonghi Lagoon

At the southwestern edge of Central Greece, where Patraikos meets the Ionian Sea and flows the Evinos and Acheloos rivers, lies the Messolonghi lagoon. The lagoon is the largest in Greece and one of the largest in Mediterranean Europe.
 
It is a seaside lake with sea water separated by the open sea of ​​Patraikos with a low altitude coastal creek created by the ravines of the rivers Evinos and Acheloos. It is 27.000 meters long and 14.000 meters wide covering an area of ​​approximately 112.000 square kilometers. The maximum depth is 5 meters, and for the most part I did not exceed half a meter. Within the lagoon there are 8 islets (Vassiladi, Klisova, Komma, Plostena, Sxinias, Tholi, Marmarou, Procopanistos).
 
The lagoon of Messolonghi has uncountable winged but also aquatic residents, is classified as Environmental Park and is protected by the Ramsar Treaty. The sea lake is crossed by the asphalt road to Tourlida, but there are also some vertical dirt roads if you wish to explore more of the lagoon. The water of the lagoon is also curative. 
 
Herons, little ergets and mallards are reflected on the calm waters of the lake; while once in a while they dive inside, seeking their food. The lake has uncountable residents; others are permanent and others pass by, making a stop here during their long migration journey. Lagoon boats (“gaites” in Greek), constructed especially for its shallow waters, cross by its natural seawater basins known as "divaria" in order to catch the famous Messolonghi sea bream. There are also “pelades”, the wooden cabins standing on stilts above water, mainly used by the fishermen exploiting the lagoon.