Heraion Lake (Vouliagmeli)

Lake Vouliagmeni also known as Vouliagemi lagoon, 3.5 kms from Ancient Heraion, the lake is a picturesque area surrounded by many cafes and tavernas, with local fishermen still going about their daily business, as they have for thousands of years. During the ancient period the lake was called Lake Eschatiotis. In 1962 the international film The 300 Spartans staring Richard Egan with Sir Ralph Richardson and Diane Baker was filmed around this salt water lake, as the rocky geography of the present Vouliagmeni shoreline is more in keeping with ancient Thermopylae than the actual present historical site. The music for the film was written by famous Greek composer Manos Hadjidakis.