February 2, 2017
Air photo of the Zerelia Lakes

These are two lakes with a circular shape that are located 4 km southwest of the city of Almyros and 2.5 km from the farming village of Evxeinoupolis, at an altitude of 130 meters above sea level, in the northern foothills of Othrys.

To the east of the large lake there is a small hillock (Magoula). A prehistoric settlement has been found here, which was first inhabited in the early Middle Neolithic period (5,800-5,300 BC) and continued to be inhabited in the Bronze Age and historical period.

The peculiarity of the lakes is due to their meteorite origins: they are twin craters formed when a meteorite crashed into the earth in the Holocene period 12,500- 8,000 years ago and the size of the colliding fragments has been estimated as being between 10 to 30 meters long. These lakes are the only ones of their kind in Greece. There are no more than 40 similar cases in Europe and 178 over the whole planet. The site is also of exceptional interest archaeologically, as is the prehistoric habitation in the region of Magoula-Zerelia, the wetland with the two characteristic lakes, as well as its relationship in the Neolithic period with neighboring Karatzantagli.

Big Zerelia Lake from above
Big Zerelia Lake

This site, as the surface finds have shown, was inhabited from the Early to the Middle Neolithic period, meaning that it was older yet also partly contemporary with Magoula Zerelia.

The Zerelia twin lakes