Agrapha means the “unwritten” in Greek. According to local history the Agrapha mountains provided their inhabitants with perfect coverage from the Ottoman armies – either their difficult to cross rivers and difficult to climb ridges or their extreme poverty allowed them to remain free and never to be written in the Sultan’s books – Agrapha.  The Agrapha mountains are the southern end of the Pindos mountain range and they are almost in the center of Greece. Their thick forests, steep slopes and snow covered peaks were populated by very poor farmers and better off sheep and goat herders. The river Megdovas provided them with crystal clear water and the Agrapha villages thrived in their own, isolated, quiet way.

The creation of the Megdova dam and the Lake Plastiras in the late ’70s gave the area a new life. In the 90’s the villages south of the Agrapha range became very popular with local tourists, small enterprises sprang up, some selling local products to the visitors, some renting rooms, some organising outdoor activities. With the rise of environmental awareness the tourists visiting the area discovered an ecosystem in the making, migrating birds started using the lake and its environs as a stop on their trip south, a botanical garden was created exhibiting the wild flowers and herbs which are abundant in the slopes of Agrapha.

Lake Plastira is not known to the foreign tourists who think of Greece is a summer destination only. I believe that a visit will help  you change your mind.