Ancient Voivis Itavros, the secrets, the tales and its biodiversity.
In the villages of Keramidi and Veneto, in North Pelion, you will be swept away by the quiet traditional lanes, the wonderful beaches and the untouched nature. Close to them, there is Lake Karla or ancient Voivis. Legend says that before it was drained the inhabitants would hear a terrifying roar coming from its depths. So, the myth of Itavros, an invisible monster, was passed from generation to generation.Today, the name Itavros is the name of a type of heron, the Eurasian bittern (Botaurus stellaris ). Until its drainage, Karla was one of the best-known wetlands in the Mediterranean, with a high degree of biodiversity and a distinct local culture. Today, its partial restoration has once more made Lake Karla an important part of the daily life of the place, which contributes to the protection and showcasing of the natural and cultural heritage of the wider region. At the lake, 128 species of birds have been documented, 106 of which are migrating birds.A large number of rare and endangered mammals have also been observed in the vicinity recently, including the wildcat, roe deer and other deer, 11 species of amphibians and 24 reptile species.The Karla wetland remains to be rediscovered again – with the due respect this time – by today’s visitors.
The services included in the program:
- Transfer by bus/mini bus from airport of Thessaloniki or Volos airport or another upon request to the hotel and return (days 1 and 4).
- Transfer by bus/mini bus from hotel in Volos to North Pelion and return to the hotel (day 2).
- Transfer by bus/mini bus from hotel in Volos to Lake Karla and return to the hotel (day 3).
- Three (3) nights in double standard room.
- Three (3) breakfasts.
- Three (3) dinners
- Disposal of a hotel meeting room for the group’s briefing (day 1).
- Disposal of a hotel meeting room and audiovisual material for presentation (day 2).
- Escort (days 1, 2, 3, 4).
- Visit and tour in Museum of Karla and the lake by assigned ichthyologist of the Lake Management Authority (day 3).