Igoumenitsa – Patras Igoumenitsa – Patras

Igoumenitsa – Patras

If you imagine Greece to be made up of pretty little beaches with white sands and turquoise waters, served by small cafés serving local delicacies then this is definitely the stage to head to. It will meet your expectations and more.

The stretch of the coast between Igoumenitsa and Preveza for example is dotted by inviting beaches and coves with plenty of attractive places to stay and replenish your reserves, including Parga and Plataria.  From Preveza, EuroVelo 8 traces the coast of the Ambracian Gulf, which offers lots for nature lovers, particularly in the form of the Amvrakikos Wetlands National Park. 

There are then two tempting detours in the form of the beautiful islands of the Ionian Sea (including Ithaca and Cephalonia) and Lake Trichonida further inland – the largest natural lake in Greece which is surrounded forests that are a popular destination for hiking.  Continuing on the route of EuroVelo 8, you will reach Astakos (meaning ‘lobster’ in Greek) attractively located on a bay on the eastern shore of the Ionian Sea.  

Before crossing the Gulf of Corinth to reach Patras the route largely follows the coastline, initially alongside the Gulf.  The main point of interest that you will come across here is the town of Messolonghi, which was the site of a dramatic siege during the Greek War of Independence during which the English poet Lord Byron was killed.  He is commemorated by a cenotaph, containing his heart (!), located in the town.

 

picture credit: carlo cravero (flickr.com)
 

  • 1824
    Death of Lord Byron
    in messolonghi
  • 3,231
    population
    of Ithaca
  • 58
    m depth of
    lake trichonida

 

  • Dalmatian Pelican, Greece

    The majestic Dalmatian pelican (Pelecanus Crispus) makes its home in these parts of the world. About 70 Dalmatian pelican pairs out of an estimated world population of 4000 pairs nest in the Ambracian Gulf lagoons, while migrating birds of all kinds recognize the lagoons as their annual resting stop during their travels. Small populations of Caretta Caretta turtles, Spotted Eagles (aquila clanga), Lesser Spotted Eagles (aquila Pomarina), Pygmy Cormorants, and Bitterns honor the estuary with their presence and transcend it to a special site.

  • Certified EuroVelo Route
  • Developed route with EuroVelo signs
  • Developed route
  • Route under development
  • Route at the planning stage

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