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Louros River

The Louros River flows from Mt. Tomaros in the neighbouring region of Ioannina to the North. From there it flows through the eastern section of Preveza region and empties into the Amvrakikos Gulf.

One of the interesting features is the bluish almost aqua colour present in some of the sections of the river. It has been a lifeline to the inhabitants of the region from the early Palaeolithic period, and researchers suggest that the settlement of nearby Kokkinopilos was able to flourish to the height it did thanks to the bounty the river provided. A hydroelectric dam has been built on it and the national power company DEH is greatly supported by the currents that the river provides. Sadly, humans have not shown their gratitude, and the Louros River has been severely polluted for several years. The sorry state of the river has forced local authorities to ban any water activities such as rafting, kayaking and canoeing. Despite this, the paths along the river are still a joy to walk. Birds such as Dalmatian Pelicans, ducks, Black-winged Stilts and Spoonbills still find shelter and sustenance here and if you’ll lucky, you’ll catch a glimpse of some of these majestic animals. The river is also blessed with thick vegetation and trees such as Elm and Ash trees as well as a beautiful array of lilies and orchids.

 

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