In the heart of Greece and surrounded by beautiful nature and mountains, Lake Trichonida (the largest lake in Greece) surprises you with its unique beauty. Apart from its size, the lake is also famous for its rare and rich variety of bird and fish species. The lake’s shores have been for years a classic meeting point for the people of the surrounding areas. This is quite reasonable considering the countless places around it where one can relax to the sound of the waves and the sight of the reflections of its waters. Lake Trichonida is a rare combination of natural beauty, nature activities, culture and history.
Lake Trichonida is located south of the city of Agrinio. It is the largest lake in Greece with a surface area of approximately 95.8 square kilometres and a maximum depth of 58 metres. Lake Trichonida was named after the ancient city of Aetolia, Trichonion, which is located on its southern shore and where there is a unique sanctuary of Asclepius. In ancient times it is assumed that the lake was also fed by the waters of the Acheloos River. Today the lake is fed by the waters of the surrounding mountainous areas and pours its waters into Lake Lysimachia, which in turn pours its waters into the river Acheloos.
In essence, the water of the lake is replaced and for this reason, it is considered one of the cleanest lakes in Greece. On its shores, there are countless small and large villages which offer various choices for relaxation by the lake. It is also noteworthy that the lake is home to unique species of flora and fauna, which is why it is included in the Natura protection network.
How to get to Trichonida Lake
The lake is easily accessible from Agrinio via the road leading to Thermo. Agrinio is accessible via the southern or northern exit of the Ionia Highway.
Tour to Lake Trichonida
Lake Trichonida in combination with the sights of the surrounding area covers a fairly extensive area. In the surrounding area there are several places you can walk around but for the exploration, you will need your personal vehicle. Generally, the road network for the most part is good and a simple passenger car is sufficient to explore the place.
Best time to visit
The area both in winter and summer has plenty to offer. For the most part, the various attractions are accessible all year round and you will usually have no trouble finding places to stay and eat.
Summer in Lake Trichonida
Summer is undoubtedly the best time to visit Lake Trichonida. The surrounding areas are bustling with life. Countless events are taking place, providing a wonderful opportunity to get to know the tradition and history of the area.
Winter at Lake Trichonida
Due to the lowland morphology of the surrounding areas, the lake continues to be ‘alive’ in winter. In the surrounding villages, you will find several options for relaxation almost as it happens in summer. Also in winter the reflections of the lake and the view of the snow-covered mountains are definitely one of the most unforgettable things.
Where to stay at Trichonida Lake
If you choose to stay near the lake we recommend:
- Εστιατόριο – Ξενοδοχείο Αλθαία: Hotel near Thermo with good food and a wonderful view of Lake Trichonida.
If you choose to stay in Agrinio town we recommend:
- Ξενοδοχείο – Marpessa Hotel & Spa.
Best places to see at lake Trichonida
The village of Thermos is located very close to Lake Trichonida. It is a very good place for eating and relaxing in a beautiful hilly landscape. In the surrounding area there are excellent places to admire the view of the lake from above. Also in the area there is an archaeological museum with important exhibits of the surrounding area.
2. Mountain shelter of Agrinio Mountaineering Club
If you want to combine your visit to the lake with hiking. Then you should visit the mountain shelter of the Agrinio Mountaineering Club. The shelter is located north of the lake at an altitude of 1100 meters and is accessible from the village of Peristeri. The route from the village takes about 1 half hour and has a steep slope. However, the panoramic view of the lake is definitely rewarding. The place is also accessible via a 4×4 vehicle. For information about accommodation and trails at the shelter, you should contact the Agrinio Mountaineering Club.
3. Mount Panaitoliko “koka” peak
If you arrived at the shelter of the Mountaineering Club of Agrinio you have the choice to continue the hike to “Koka” peak. The hike takes about 3 hours from the shelter and is undoubtedly one of the most unique routes in the prefecture. The beautiful view of the forest with Lake Trichonida in the background will reward your efforts. Also, the summit offers perhaps the best panoramic view of the lake and the surrounding areas.
4. Twin waterfalls of Mokistianos
Landscape out of a fairy tale. In a semi-mountainous landscape near Lake Trichonida are the Twin Waterfalls of Mokistianou. The place is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful landscapes in the region. The access to the spot is through paths that start from the road leading from Agrinio to Thermo.
The village of Neromana is one of the most beautiful villages near the lake. It got its name because of the springs that pour water all year round. It is located on the main road connecting Agrinio and Prousos and is easily accessible. You can combine your visit to the village with other attractions on the road.
6. Acropolis of Vlohou.
Vlochos in its ancient times was the acropolis of the ancient civilization of Thesteia from the Neolithic era. The acropolis is located at an altitude of 688 meters and at its foothills lies the monastery of Panagia Vlochos. Apart from its historical importance due to its location, the ancient acropolis offers a panoramic view of the lake and the surrounding mountains. The place is easily accessible as it is paved up to the monastery and there is a short path to the top of the acropolis with metal steps at various points.
7. Ammos Beach / Myrtias
Myrtias Beach could be an idyllic shore in some coastal regions of Greece, but it is located in Lake Trichonida. The place is magical and is one of the best places for relaxation and picnics, especially during the summer months. Unfortunately, the place is only accessible via a dirt road so a high vehicle is recommended to visit it.
Arakynthos is a mountain south of Lake Trichonida. In the area, there are many small mountain villages and vast areas of beautiful forests and old trees. It is the ideal place for a walk through the forest with Lake Trichonida in the background. Generally, there are many options for hiking trails but we suggest you visit the Arakynthos fire station located at the highest part of the mountain at 972 meters altitude.
Activities at Lake Trichonida
1. Hiking and climbing
Locations such as the mountain refuge and Koka Peak are ideal for admiring the biodiversity of the place and getting some exercise at the same time. Various routes can also be taken around the lake. It would be ideal to visit the area in summer when conditions are usually ideal for hiking. Be sure to bring a pair of hiking shoes, enough water and a small snack.
2. Holidays and Events
Generally, during the summer period, countless events such as festivals and celebrations are organized in the area. Some of the most famous events are the festivals of Atherina in Kato Myrtia and Kainourgio and the lake party of Trichonida.
Where to eat at Lake Trichonida
Both in winter and summer the shores of the lake have a wide choice of places to try local dishes. We recommend the following:
- Hotel – Restaurant – Αλθαία: Restaurant near Thermo with good food and good views of Lake Trichonida.
- Restaurant – πιθάρι: Restaurant next to Lake Trichonida.
- Restaurant – Αρχοντικό της λίμνης Restaurant next to Lake Trichonida.
Whichever place you choose it is advisable before you go there to call the phone numbers shown in the links and make sure they can serve you.