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Kerkini Lake, Kerkini

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Lake Kerkini, is an artificial reservoir that was created in 1932, and then redeveloped in 1980, on the site of what was previously an extremely extensive marshland.Before 1932, there were irregular marsh lakes on Strymon, one of them called "Podkova" Ottoman Turkish: ݒودقوه كولي Podkova Gölü became the mother of Kerkini. Lake Kerkini is now one of, if not the, premier birding site in Greece, and, as it is situated along the migratory flyway for migratory birds en route to the Aegean Sea, the Balkan region, the Black Sea, the Hungarian steppes and beyond it experiences an interesting migration. In the flat and semi-mountainous area, important hydrobiospheres are developing which are of great international significance and acceptance. The most essential hydrobiosphere is the one in Kerkini lake. It is a miracle of nature which came about by man's technical intervention on the natural characteristics of Strymon river. The water extent, which varies from time to time from 54 Km2 to 72 Km2, works out to be useful in two ways: as a technical work of great agricultural utility and as a hydrobiosphere for thousands of water fowls.This wonderful biosphere is recouped by the International Convention of Ramsar and presents numerous admirable elements. Thousands of birds, both rare and protected, riverside forests, water-lilies in a large area, fish variety and fantastic panoramic view from the mountains of Belasica and Krousia give it a characteristic tone. Actually the lake hosts 227 kinds of birds, especially non-migrants. 76 of them are recorded in the National Red Catalogue, while at least 31 of them are protected by EEC's Directive concerning wild life. What makes an exceptional presence is the buffalo's herd in the area, plus the one of the jackelo in the area of Kerkini lake. In the surrounding area of Kerkini lake there are at least 10 amphibian species, five snail species, 19 reptile species and a great variety of insects which play an important part in the food chain and contribute towards the biological resources of the lake.
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  • We visited family, three days of clean Monday (like most people). Overall a very to find property for accommodation due to the large turnout, so it is advisable to search and book at least a month ago. There are many attractions such as Fort Rupel (incredible), the Aquarium of Vyroneia that despite the poor aesthetics of interesting (up live crocodile was) and of course the boating lake. For the last I have to say that the first time I saw up close and personal Odyssey and it was a magnificent sight, that only from the boat you can comments. Of course if there is another time (we didn't have) it's well worth doing the tour either by canoe or by 4x4 that offer some local businesses or even with horses. The last you can do and in Chelmsford, in most mountainous/forested landscape. Because some here refer to the topic of food worth to say the following: we (like everyone) we went to Oikoperiigitis for the which I had read very good reviews but because the world is not found to sit (however is very beautiful and the guesthouse and restaurant). For this reason we sat for lunch in the FORM (I know, lousy name but not ptoithikame and regretted not) located just behind. Due to the reputation of the first, the format had little demand so we sat comfortably. The stone space, very handsome and very well done. The people were very friendly and helpful. Have a little themataki with the speed, because the dishes came with huge delays to come BUT all their dishes were fantastic. We liked so much the food (and prices) that if find myself in the area I will definitely go there for lunch. Highly recommend it. The next day we climbed in Chelmsford for food-crazy frustration, people there are amateurs: mediocre food, dishes of the directory teleiwnane one after the other (Clean Monday is eh dude, you know that people will come, make your preparation, what are you waiting for!), aesthetic that anything goes, that also make organization, cleanliness similarly. If I knew what I would find you need to format.
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  • Indisputable in kerkini can see up close a huge variety of herons, argyropelekanwn, cormorants and other beautiful birds (the Flamingo did not come this year, due to the cold). The boat ride from Mr Jason was enjoyable for 45 minutes, but then you don't have too many things to do. I hope the spring landscape is a bit more green and beautiful, in late February, however, the surrounding area was not the most beautiful, sheer xeraϊla. In addition, besides a Café overlooking Lithotopos, there is no other place to admire with comfort, as the remaining villages are far from the Lake. In the evening, the same and worse. Therefore, if you do not have a particular interest in birds, we recommend a simple day trip and stay in Poroia that are much more graphic and vivid.
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  • Visiting the Lake is very nice, went clean Monday. Have a lot of people wherever you go. Best to go on a day that is not a holiday we went for lunch in kerkini in Oikoperiigitis was one of the worst experiences. Lousy service, long wait to come something like food. Salads ready to trade of poorer quality, tomato dissolved, Eggplant a thrown on a plate. The worst however was mainly got calamari and mussels, fish was not because it had frozen the Lake as they said (before 2-3 weeks if frozen). The potatoes came charcoal black squid like axe to cut and come 1 dish per 5-10 minutes. The second dish brought something squid dry like skin. Of course we canceled everything else we ordered and the account we waited 10-15 minutes and we had to go to the cashier to pay. It's a shame a beautiful place to destroy non-professionals and people who do not respect their clients and their own region. A pity of course from outside is not going to pass by again. Coffee in Lithotopos other doleful history. If you want to go to go on a day that is not a holiday perhaps spend beautiful.
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