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Ambracian Gulf

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The Ambracian Gulf, also known as the Gulf of Arta or the Gulf of Actium, and in some official documents as the Amvrakikos Gulf, is a gulf of the Ionian Sea in northwestern Greece. About 40 km long and 15 km wide, it is one of the largest enclosed gulfs in Greece. The towns of Preveza,  Amphilohia and Vonitsa lie on its shores.

The entrance to the gulf is through a 700-meter wide channel between Aktio the south and Preveza on the north; a recent road tunnel connects the two. The gulf is quite shallow, and its shore is broken by numerous marches , large parts of which form an estuary system. The Louros and Arachthos (or Arta) rivers drain into it; for this reason it is warmer and less salty than the Ionian, and a current flows from the gulf into the sea. It is rich in grey mullet, sole and eel.

The gulf takes its name from the ancient city of Ambracia located near its shores. Its alternate name comes from the medieval (and modern) city of Arta, located in the same place as ancient Ambracia.From Greek independence (Treaty of Constantinopole, 1832) until the Second Balkan War (Treaty of Bucharest,1913), the Gulf formed part of the border between the Kingdom of Greece and the Ottoman Empire.The remains of numerous ancient cities lie on its shores: Actium at the entrance, where the famous Battle of Actium was fought in 31 B.C.; Nicopolis, Argos Ippatum, Limnaea and Olpae.

Customarily Greece puts forth her public face in the form of spectacular and well known islands and cultural sites to enrapture people from afar. But there is another side of Greece; one that is eagle-nested high up the mountains of Pindos and Macedonia, and low under the tourist horizon in small coves of fishing villages that pepper the coast like tiny unspoiled gems.

The Ambaracian Gulf is the humble dwelling of fishermen and farmers making a living among the rich nature of the shallow bay and the surrounding marshlands. Wildlife of all kinds are the most populous visitors here, and those who have know the land in intimate detail prefer it this way.

 The estuary around the Ambracian gulf with its twenty natural lagoons are the refuse for a wide variety of birds and aquatic animals many of which adorn the endangered species list with their perennial presence. Most families around the area make their living by fishing and farming the fertile lands around the sea. The fact that the area exists well below the tourist agency radars contributes to a genuinely traditional Greek environment.

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