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Volvi Lake

Volvi Lake is the largest lake in Macedonia and the second largest in the country.

  1. Modern and Contemporary era (1912 - )

  2. Ottoman era (1453- 1912)

  3. Byzantine era (331 AC- 1453)

  4. Roman era (30 BC- 330 AC)

  5. Hellenistic era (322- 31 BC)

  6. Classical era (478-323 BC)

  7. Archaic era (800-479 BC)

  8. Geometric era (-1100- 800 BC)

  9. Prehistory (-1100 BC)

What I can see

Near the unique forest of Apollonia, which consists mainly of perennial trees, lies Lake Volvi. It is at a 35 km distance from Thessaloniki and 11.5 km from Lake Koronia. It has an elongated shape with a length of about 19.5 km and covers an area of 70.8 square km. The lake is also famous for its rich reeds.

What I can't see

Previously called Besikion Lake, it is the largest lake in Macedonia and the second largest in the country, with a depth of 23 metres. It was tectonically “born” 1,800,000 years ago. It used to lie under the sea surface. Along with Lake Koronia, it has been classified as a wetland of international significance under the Ramsar Convention. It hosts 245 bird species and 24 fish species (carp, perch, roach, eels, etc.), including the lipari, a species that is unique in the world.


Zafeiris Ch., (1997), Θεσσαλονίκης Εγκόλπιον, ιστορία, πολιτισμός, η πόλη σήμερα, γεύσεις, μουσεία, μνημεία, διαδρομές, [Thessaloniki Handbook, history, culture, the city today, flavours, museums, routes], Athens: Exantas

Television Film Library, (d.u.), Οι μέρες της Αλκυόνας: Λίμνη Βόλβη, [Alkyoni’s days: Lake Volvi] ERT Digital Archive,

Last visit 11/11/2014