Arachthos (river)

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The Arachthos (Greek: Άραχθος) is a river in eastern Epirus, Greece. Its source is in the Pindus mountains, near the town Metsovo (Ioannina regional unit). It is 110 km (68 mi) long,[1] and its drainage area is 2,209 km2 (853 sq mi).[2] Its upper course is known as Metsovitikos. From its confluence with the Dipotamos near the village of Batza it is called Arachthos. It flows towards the south, passing between the Athamanika and the Xerovouni mountains. In this place meets the Plaka Bridge, the largest one-arch stone bridge in Greece. It enters the large Pournari Reservoir, in the Arta regional unit, which is about 18 km² and prevents flooding of the city of Arta and also supplies water to most of Epirus. The town of Peta is situated near the dam. Arta, about 8 km downstream of the dam, is the largest town on the river. Arta's historic landmark is the stone Bridge of Arta over the Arachthos. The river continues through the lowlands south of Arta, and finally empties into the Ambracian Gulf near Kommeno, 16 km southeast of Arta.

Το γιοφύρι της Άρτας.jpg
The Arachthos in Arta
Physical characteristics
 • locationPindus mountains
 • location
Ionian Sea
 • coordinates
39°0′45″N 21°4′19″E / 39.01250°N 21.07194°E / 39.01250; 21.07194Coordinates: 39°0′45″N 21°4′19″E / 39.01250°N 21.07194°E / 39.01250; 21.07194
Length110 km (68 mi)
Basin size2,209 km2 (853 sq mi)


  1. ^ Greece in Figures January - March 2018, p. 12
  2. ^ Preliminary Flood Risk Assessment Archived 2017-12-09 at the Wayback Machine, Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change, p. 54

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