ANCIENT VOIVIS ITAVROS

THE SECRETS, THE TALES AND ITS BIODIVERSITY

Laka Karla

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.

Day 1

Day 1

Arrival in Volos. Transfer from the airport of Thessaloniki or Volos airport and arrival to the hotel. Briefing by our escort about the program we will follow and the cognitive field that will occupy us. Dinner and overnight in the city of Volos.
Day 2

Day 2

Approach the unknown North Pelion. After the rich breakfast with local products, we depart for the North Pelion, tour in the area and arrival to the east coasts of Aegean. We visit Keramidi, Kamari beach and late in the afternoon we will watch a presentation with the use of audiovisual equipment, with subject the biodiversity of the region and the evolution of Lake Karla over the years. Dinner and overnight in the city of Volos
Day 3

Day 3

Visit the lake Karla. After the rich breakfast with local products, we will visit the museum of Lake Karla in Kanalia village, we will admire the great and rare photographs, and we will see a model of the old lake Karla, the boats and equipment of the fishermen. In the museum, a children's workshop, a department of History and Mythology and a department of History of Physics operate. We will have a tour around the lake and we will learn about the fauna and flora of the lake. Late in the afternoon we return to the hotel. Dinner and overnight in the city of Volos.
Day 4

Day 4

Departure for the airport We will depart for the airport or connection with another holiday program in Thessaly.

The services included in the program:

  1. 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).
  2. Transfer by bus/mini bus from hotel in Volos to North Pelion and return to the hotel (day 2).
  3. Transfer by bus/mini bus from hotel in Volos to Lake Karla and return to the hotel (day 3).
  4. Three (3) nights in double standard room.
  5. Three (3) breakfasts.
  6. Three (3) dinners
  7. Disposal of a hotel meeting room for the group’s briefing (day 1).
  8. Disposal of a hotel meeting room and audiovisual material for presentation (day 2).
  9. Escort (days 1, 2, 3, 4).
  10. Visit and tour in Museum of Karla and the lake by assigned ichthyologist of the Lake Management Authority (day 3).
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