Messolonghi (Greek: Μεσολόγγι, Mesolongi) is a municipality of 34,416 people (according to the 2011 census) in western Greece. The town is the capital of Aetolia - Acarnania regional unit, and the seat of the municipality of Iera Poli Messolongiou (Sacred City of Messolonghi). Messolonghi is known as the site of a dramatic siege during the Greek War of Independence, and of the death of poet Lord Byron.

 

 

George Gordon Byron (later Noel), 6th Baron Byron, FRS (22 January 1788 – 19 April 1824), commonly known simply as Lord Byron, was an English poet and a leading figure in the Romantic movement. Among Byron's best-known works are the lengthy narrative poems Don Juan and Childe Harold's Pilgrimage, and the short lyric "She Walks in Beauty".
Byron is regarded as one of the greatest British poets, and remains widely read and influential. He travelled widely across Europe, especially in Italy where he lived for seven years. Later in life, Byron joined the Greek War of Independence fighting the Ottoman Empire, for which many Greeks revere him as a national hero. He died one year later at age 36 from a fever contracted while in Messolonghi. Often described as the most flamboyant and notorious of the major Romantics, Byron was both celebrated and castigated in life for his aristocratic excesses, including huge debts, numerous love affairs with men as well as women, rumors of a scandalous liaison with his half-sister, and self-imposed exile.
He also fathered Ada, Countess of Lovelace, whose work on Charles Babbage's Analytical Engine is considered a founding document in the field of computer science, and Allegra Byron, who died in childhood — as well as, possibly,  Elizabeth Medora Leigh out of wedlock.

 

 

 

The National Park is located on the southwestern tip of the district of Sterea Ellada, where the Gulf of Patras meets the Ionian Sea, which the rivers Evinos and Acheloos also flow into. It constitutes one of the richest wetlands in Europe, both in terms of number of species, and population.This area comprises lagoon, land and riverside areas of the southern part of the prefecture of Aitoloakarnania.

 

Aitoliko, a small city near Messolonghi 

 

PELICAN characteristic species of lake

 

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Achelous River, Modern Greek Akhelóös Potamós, also called Aspropótamos , one of the longest rivers in Greece, rising in the Pindus (Modern Greek: Píndos) Mountains of central Epirus (Ípeiros) and dividing Aetolia from Acarnania. It empties into theIonian Sea (Ióvio Pélagos) after a course of 140 miles (220 km), mostly through gorges. Well above Agrínion two hydroelectric dams were built to harness the waters of the river and its tributaries. One is at Kastraki; the other, at Kremasta, is the highest (490 feet [150 metres]) earth-fill dam in Europe. At the mouth of the river, where it is less than 2 feet deep, a number of small islands, the Ekhinádhes, have been enveloped by the silt. The name Aspropótamos (White River) is given to several other rivers in Greece, and the name Achelous appears in cult and in Greek mythology as that of the most familiar form of river god.

This is not in Switzerland, is the Achelous River in GREECE

 

 

Achelous in Greek Mythology was a suitor for Deianeira, daughter of Oeneus king of Calydon, but was defeated by Heracles, who wed her himself.

 

Avlaki Bridge 

The THEOXENIA HOTEL complex offers high quality service Rooms overlooking the lagoon, conference room, multipurpose hall, restaurant, breakfast room, playground, garden near the sea, internet access, free Wi-Fi internet, multimedia projection room, parking. All these make your stay unforgettable !

 


Messolonghi Lagoon Water sports 

 

Theoxenia Hotel in the middle of Messolonghi Lagoon