According to a folk legend two sisters, one rich and one poor, were in dispute with each other because of the plump children of the poor one who were fed with the leftovers of the rich. Eventually a rupture occurred in the relation of two sisters and the poor left her house in order to start a new life far away on the mountains.
On her way there an angel appeared and told her not to turn back to see what would happen because then she would be turned into a pillar of salt.
Soon though, a terrifying earthquake happened and the whole area collapsed , including the house and the family of the rich sister. The poor sister was frightened and turned back to see and at that moment was turned to stone together with her donkey. The earthquake created the beautiful Ziros lake and the statue of the poor woman is the large rock in the east of the lake.
Of course, the scientific explanation for the creation of the lake is completely different from the myth which was created by popular imagination. The creation of Ziros lake happened due to earthquake activities in the area. Geologists believe that in the past the lake was a lake cave but the ceiling collapsed about 10,000 years ago. No matter its’ origins, the result is a beautiful lake with a unique biotope almost untouched by man. Lake Ziros is a major attraction – it looks like a Swiss landscape – and it was relatively unknown to the public, as it was not listed in tourist guides. It is located 4.5 km. west of Fillipiada in the area of Preveza.
The whole area is about 420 hectares and the depth of the lake is measured at 70 meters. The lake is surrounded by dense vegetation with many species of trees and other plants. The water houses a great number of fish and other aquatic organisms. On her banks the otter lives, which is a proof of the purity and quality of the water. In 1999 Ziros Lake was included in the program Natura 2000.
It is an ideal destination for lovers of hiking, boating and cycling and she generously offers the beauty and tranquility of nature.
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