On the northeast side of Mykonos and 10 km away from Chora lies the artificial lake of the Ano Mera.
The dam was built several years ago outside the village of Ano Mera to solve the water supply and irrigation problem on the island, especially during the summer season.
In particular, the construction of the Ano Mera Dam would result in collecting water from the Maou Lagada torrent so that the locals could use it.
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The artificial lake of Ano Mera not only gathers water but also constitutes a sanctuary for different migratory birds in the autumn months. From September until November, various beautiful birds are lodged in the lake. Some are barn swallows, herons, and Eleonora's falcons, a type of hawk found quite often in Mykonos. People of all ages can bring their binoculars to observe the lovely birds that chose the artificial lake as their temporary refuge in the fall.
Apart from birdwatching, the visitors of the artificial lake can also enjoy horse riding activities since horse riding tours are provided nearby by a professional riding instructor. An excursion to the lake can be combined with a stop for swimming at Fokos beach, which is situated very close to the lake and easily accessible.