Turtles in Halkidiki peninsula
If you have a tan, studied the village, enjoyed a variety of local dishes in taverns and visited a couple of excursions, you can take a trip to Halkidiki peninsula. The journey is not for the lazy! If you are ready to conquer the country roads, do not whine and will not turn back, then we'll set off on an amazing journey to the turtles.
Let us begin our journey! If you stand back to the channel (the narrowest point on the Kassandra peninsula), and look in the direction of NeaFokea, NeaPotidea, Afitos, Kallithea, Hanioti, Pefkohori resort villages you should see the painted turtle floating. You’ll turn uphill onto a dirt country road. It is wide good hard-packed road on which the vehicle will pass safely. You’ll see amazing views over the bay of the Aegean Toroneos and the tops of the olive and pine groves bordering with the village after climbing on the hill for 10-15 minutes.
We continue our way forward! You can see thick plastic bags with a thick liquid inside on some pines. What is it? Locals collect resin for resin wine. Did you already have time to try it out in local taverns? It has a specific taste and if you do not understand it the first time, it is worth trying more than once, because resin wine has a long history and is a part of Greek culture.
These places were in the strongest fires few years ago. Nature begins to recover now. Those who have been in these places before the fire does not recognize them. You’ll feel nature of the peninsula while going on the road to the lake. Well, here's another pointer Mavrobara translated as «black hole». We are at the lake. It looks like crater. It is surrounded by a sheer wall on one side. You can see the turtles of different sizes, while going to the edge and hiding. If you have slices of bread, then share them with the inhabitants of the mysterious lake. You’ll go back to your village tired but happy after feeding the turtles.