Nature in Evrytania

In the village of Roska (municipality of Domnitsa), the gorge of Pantavrechi has been dubbed one of the most beautiful and cleanest gorges in Europe. Technically this is not a gorge, just the narrowest part of the Krekelopotamos River which rushes through the area. While the gorge is barely 100 meters in length, it is a marvel of nature and biodiversity – a must-see spot for ecotourists. Springs and waterfalls and the sounds of flowing water can be heard all over the prefecture. Moss-covered rocks and unrecorded species of flora can be discovered here. Large waterfalls with rushing water form part of the beauty and ambiance in this area, complete with ponds at the bottom, encouraging the rich biodiversity in fauna and flora.

 
 
The ravine of Mavri Spilia (Black Cave)
A little beyond the village of Proussos and near the military bridge of Kastania, you will find the gorge of Mavri Spilia. The hiking path begins with a delightful stone fountain that takes to a wooden bridge and a 10-meter-high waterfall that forms a pond. The gorge or ravine offers many areas with cascading water and ponds that are ideal for swimming, if a little on the fresh and crisp side. The fauna and flora of the area, plus a wooden bridge over the river create a fantastic scene out of a fairytale. Rappelling down the waterfalls is possible as there bolts and anchors that have been drilled into the rocks. The route ceases at the large entrance of Mavri Spilia or cave. During Ottoman domination and subsequent conflicts, the locals used to hide in the cave.
 
 
 
Vinianis Canyon
 The Vinianis Canyon commences from a dirt road which unites the Old and Nea Viniani Villages and leads to Tavropos, just before the arched Vinianis bridge which connected the Village with Karpenisi. Planes cover the whole canyon. There are ald watermills which served the Old Viniani. It has 3 small waterfalls, the biggest of themis 30 meter height.
 
 
 
Lake Kremaston
 Created in 1965 and formally considered an artificial lake, Kremaston has advanced the area's biodiversity and beauty, and is used as a hub for migratory birds. This is the largest dammed lake in Europe containing 4.7 billion cubic meters and is 11 times larger than Marathon lake near Athens. It has of course contributed to producing hydroelectricity for the area and contributed to irrigation. Curiously, a few villages had to be abandoned when the lake was created as they were submerged. When water from of the Acheloos, the Agrafiotis and the Megdova or Taropou rivers filled the lake, an aquatic habitat emerged, complete with carp, trout and other sweet water fish.
 
 
 
Various gorges
In Agrafa village there are the Tripa tou Agrafioti and Hondeika gorges, designated as Natura 2000 areas and offering great hiking opportunities. The Asprorema gorge in Epiniana also offers amazing natural landscapes with rare fauna and flora. Also noteworthy is the well-known Kedron gorge next to Platania (meaning plane tree) and near Kedra (which means cedars), offering a verdant area with cedar forests. Lastly, the Acheloos gorge between Raptopoulo and Vrouvianon is a great place for discovering nature and features the Temblas bridge built in 1904.

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