Bramiana Dam Lake

The artificial lake of Bramiana was built in 1986 at Bramiana near of Ierapetra. It is located 5 km northwest of the town, in the road connecting Ierapetra and Kalamafka village. The lake covers an area of 1050 acres, making it the second largest wetland of southern Greece.

The water is supplied mainly from sources in Kefalovrysi by Kalamafka, Krygios River that comes from Selakano Wood and Males area, from the springs of Malavra and from the springs of Korakas Gorge by Meseleri.

This artificial lake, in the middle of an arid area, has become an important wetland and a stopping point for migratory birds. Today, it attracts the largest populations of waterfowl in Crete. According to Natural History Museum of Crete, over 218 different bird species have been recorded in the region (2010), a very large number for such a young lake. All these reasons have contributed to the characterization of Bramiana as a national park.

The vegetation around the lake is characterized by reeds, plane trees, pines, poplars and tamarisks.