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Valley and lake of Stymphalia are located in Greece, north-east of Peloponnese,70 km from Corinth and encircled by the Kilini mountainous chain.That is a natural reserve existing for many thousands years.
Many of us for sure have listened this name,but can't tell anything more.
At the Greek mythology, hero Heracles killed the tremendous birds of Stymphalos which were killing animals and people. Near the lake are the archaeological site of ancient city Stymphalos of Arcadia.
This place remembers conquering by Alexander the Great, Romans, Frankish and later Turkish occupation.
In our time, modern Stymphalia is included in prefecture of Corinth under its own local municipality and population now is around 5000 people.
Unfortunately ,this region is rather isolated from civilization and cultural advance and nature around is aggressed by man intervention. Only since a couple of years by involving in EU programs for development ,the lake is under protection, declared as a natural reserve and is NATURA 2000 area,and have been started couple of programs to promote and develop this region.
As local activists organization in September 2000 was established Youth County Council of Stymphalia.
Fishing and hunting were planned to be restricted here but still is difficult to stop intruders here. As well it is not allowed to install tents for picnics here with open fire,which is damaging flora and fauna with no regret.

In WS you can see my B&W opinion with more dramatic atmosphere

info from: http://www.filox.org/content/stymphalia-corinthia

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