Amvrakikos Gulf

Amvrakikos Gulf, Located in the northwestern part of Greece, communicates with the Ionian Sea by a narrow strip of water about half a mile.

Brief description

It is a magnificent place with many rare species and special traditions and it is considered a miniature of Mediterranean. Formed after the ice age (about 10,000 years ago) the legend says that Alexander the Great cut the land and created this wetland with such a rare biodiversity and long fishing tradition. Τhe Amvrakikos Gulf is one of the 11 wetland regions of our country that have been characterized “of international importance” and are protected by the international treaty RAMSAR. Moreover, the wetland due to the presence of rare and endangered species, as well as due to their distinctive landscapes and habitats is considered as one of the most important protected areas of the NATURA 2000 network.

Amvrakikos is a large and complex ecosystem formed by the deltas of two rivers (Louros and Arachtos) and contains the largest Greek marsh (Rodia), as well as several very productive lagoons (Logarou, Tsoukalio, Rodia). Additionally, there are extensive areas of mudflats, shallow bays, reedbeds, wet meadows, forested hills and farmland.

Due to its geographical position is one of the most important routes for European migratory birds, serving as birds’ resting, feeding and breeding ground. It hosts some of the rarest bird species, like the Dalmatian Pelican (Pelecanus crispus) currently threatened with extinction, which nests on the islands of the lagoons. The Great Bittern (Botaurus stellaris) and the Ferruginous Duck (Aythya nyroca) are also some of the rare species that nest in the vast reed beds and flooded meadows of Amvrakikos Gulf. The waters of the Gulf serve also as important biotope for marine mammals such as the Bottlenose dolphin and the monk seal, and Loggerhead sea turtle.

The area of the of Amvrakikos Gulf with the unique landscapes, traditional villages , archaeological sites, ecological and biological value and fishing tradition, can only be described as a destination that everyone should discover.

What to do and see

The Amvrakikos Gulf is a paradise for birdwatchers and nature lovers. Watching the members of two nesting colonies of the famous Dalmatian pelican wandering in the abundant feeding ground of the Gulf is an unforgettable experience. Exploring the largest reedbed of Europe, the Delta of the two rivers and about 20 lagoons you will watch some of the 300 recorded species of birds, from which 160 are migratory and 6 are globally threatened, might run into the recently returned water buffalos in the area, meet traditional fishermen and learn about their traditional fishing methods used in the lagoons, and get an excellent view over the wetlands from nearby St. Catherine's Hill.

The area is scattered with many other places of interest, like the legendary Old Bridge of Arta built with stones over the Arachthos River; the hilltop fortress of Rhodia and its church of the Virgin Mary with the magnificent view; the remains of a Roman farm where the stone presses used for extracting olive oil are still in place; the archaeological site of Nikopolis built by Octavian in 31 BC to celebrate his victory over Anthony and Cleopatra in Aktion.

  • Stunning scenery of landscapes, reedbeds, bird-rich lagoons, flower-rich gorges, hill-top monasteries, amazing bridges and spectacular historical sites.
  • The lagoons of Tsoukalio and Rhodia are home to one of the very few colonies of Dalmatian pelicans.
  • Taste some exclusive local products like Gabari shrimp, Eels, Caviar and the famous Avgotaraho (dried and salted fish roe) one of the most expensive delicacies in Europe.

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