Plastiras lake, is an artificial lake, located where Nevropolis Plateau used to be before the construction of the dam that created this lake in 1959. The works had started since 1954. The dam is 83 m tall and 220 m long. The lake covers a surface of 24 sq. km and “hosts” 400.000.000 m3 of water.
Three were the main purposes of its construction: 1) hydroelectic power, 2) the water supply of Karditsa, Sofades and 35 villages, 3) the irrigation of the plains of Karditsa.
Something that no one, and even more the inhabitants of the region, expected was that a new beautiful landscape would be created. Plastiras lake become a very popular tourist destination for all seasons, and lots of great hotels, guesthouses and taverns have opened to satisfy the needs of the visitors.
The lake took its name, from Nikolaos Plastiras (1883-1953) , a former army general and then a politician and Prime Minister, known with the nickname “Mavros Kavalaris” (Black Rider). The idea for the construction of the dam and the artificial name belong to him. Nikolaos Plastiras, who was born at the nearby village of Morfovouni, was one of the most important persons in modern Greek history, especially for the first half of the 20th century.