This legendary lake dominates the city of Ioannina at just about every angle. It’s been the scene of mass murders, a means of escape and source of income for centuries. Today Ioannina’s Lake Pamvotida still remains a place of importance as the setting for a diverse and unique ecosystem. Numerous types of grasses, reeds and algae provide the food for a variety of species. Of particular importance is the lake’s role as a stopover on several migratory birds’ routes southward. Visitors can enjoy the lake by paddle boat, canoe, kayak or simply indulge in a scenic walk around the lake’s border.