The Location

The Location

Mesolonghi / Natural Environment

In the wider area of Mesolonghi there is a large number of safe bays and natural ports, kilometers of unique natural beauties, virgin, sandy, incomparably beautiful shores.

    

The Mesolonghi Lagoons, together with the numerous lakes and rivers of the area compose the largest complex of wetlands around the Mediterranean. The largest part of the area is a National Park, included in the European Network Natura 2000 and protected by RAMSAR Convention, which confirms their value as rare natural habitats.

Here, where economic "growth" has not yet altered nature, over 300 species of birds have been observed in the various times of the year in the lagoons, lakes and other wetlands of the area as well as in the hills around them.

The visitor of the lakes of the area and the Mesolonghi lagoon will come across many rare species, such as the otter (mammal), a species under extinction, whereas dolphins and sea turtles (Caretta caretta) can be observed in the Ambracic Gulf.

Virgin natural woods and a rich Mediterranean vegetation cover the beautiful mountains of the area, in which many and rare birds (such as the imperial eagle, the nightingale, the woodpecker) and many and rare mammals (such as the jackal, the wild boar and the roe) find shelter.

  

Extensive lowland parts, interrupted by the mountains of the virgin mountain ranges of the area complete the natural environment of the area.

An endless combination of mountainous landscapes, wetland complexes of rare beauty, wonderful beaches & numerous islands. 

The area is considered & is "the Natural Park of Greece"; this is no exaggeration.

Mesolonghi / History of the area

The area has been inhabited since the Paleolithic age (for 4,000 years) as evidenced by tools made from flint, mainly discovered in the areas around the lakes and rivers.

According to the Greek mythology, gods, half-gods and heroes lived, reigned and fought in the area.
The inhabitants of the area have a dynamic presence in the political arena of Ancient Greece from the 4th to the 2nd century AD, when the area is marked by considerable cultural and economic growth.

The Aitolic Sympolity, its centre being Thermo, Aitoloakarnania, played a leading role in the entire ancient Greece and was a federal state model not only for the ancient world but also for the modern age.

Mesolonghi, a town which has been closely associated with the uprising of the Greek people in 1821 to win their freedom from the Ottomans, which has become a world-class symbol of the fight of the peoples for freedom has been declared the Holy Town of Greece for its contribution in this uprising.

To the residents of the town "every free man is considered a citizen of Mesolonghi" to this day.

The important social and political reclassifications which took place from time to time in the area have filled it with archaeological sites and monuments dating back to every era. Numerous castles, ancient towns and ancient theatres stand imposing to this day and they are so densely distributed that the visitor comes across debris of an ancient citadel or a well-preserved castle every ten kilometers.

 

 

A tour in the area, where myth is entangled with history and nature with dream, is a time travel to the past for the visitor, a walk into yesterday, which is harmoniously combined with the virgin nature of today.

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