Location: Amvrakikos gulf, Preveza, Epirus region, W. Greece
Canoeing at the Amvrakikos Gulf natural wetland!
Meeting at the ancient lighthouse of Koprena which established in 1893, 9 meters in height , selected as one of the five most impressive – among 120 traditional – lighthouses in Greece..
After we visit the stone lighthouse, the house-museum of the light house guardian and the museum of fishing our canoe trip begins.
Heading north, we stop at the entrance of the sea lake Argilos where we can see the traditional hamlets of the local fishermen who still use the traditional fishing methods.
Our route ends in a traditional fish tavern where we taste local fish such as sardines, prawns mullets, eels and cuttlefish.
The route is of a total distance of 4 nautical miles in Vovos and Arachtos rivers, a very rich wetland with birds, sea turtles and dolphins.
Words of interest
Amvrakikos: The entrance of the gulf is through a 700m wide channel, between Aktio (ancient Actium) on the south and Preveza on the north. A recent road tunnel connects the two. The gulf is quite shallow and it’s shore is broken by numerous marshes, large part of which form an estuary system. The Louros and Arachthos rivers drain into it ; for this reason is warmer and less salty than the Ionian sea and a current flows from the gulf into the sea which is reach in grey mullet, sole and eel.
The Amvracian gulf was the site of the “Battle of Actium”, in which Augustus forces defeated those of Mark Antony and Kleopatra (Sept 2, 31BC). From Greek independence until the second Balkan war , the gulf formed part of the border between the kingdom of Greece and the Ottoman empire.
The remains of numerous ancient cities lie lie on it’s shores: Actium (Aktio) at the entrance, where the famous “battle of Actium” was fought in 31BC, Nikopolis, Argos Ippatum, Limnaea, and Olpae.(Source: Wikipedia)
Koprena lighthouse: The Koprena lighthouse was constructed in 1893, with a tower of 9m height and focal plane of 12. Located at Koprena village of Arta, a port with major trade activity since Byzantine era until the very first of 20th century.
The lighthouses building nowadays operates as a museum, inaugurated in October 2000 and it’s housed in the beacon keeper home beside the stone tower. Tools, old lighthouses equipment, operating machines of the lighthouse and its utility in navigation, information of the lighthouse keeper life, elements of the regional history are some of the exhibits of the museum. (Source: Traditional Greek Lighthouses)
- Action & culture combined
- A typical fishermans scenery
- Rich wetland with birds, sea turtles and dolphins
- Delicious fish meal
Canoe – Sea Kayak
- Easy – suitable for all ages
- All necessary equipment for the operation of the activity
- English speaking Guide
- A guided visit to: The lighthouse museum, Argilos lagoon for traditional fishing, fishing museum
- Full course lunch with local seafood at John’s tavern