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Polychrono ­ Lake Mavrobara

Three kilometers off the main road, west of Polychrono, a road leads to the heart of the mountain of Cassandra. There, at an altitude of 200 meters. is a small lake called Mavrobara and of great ecological interest. Monument since 1997, is a unique beauty wetland visited by many tourists every year. Here are the three rare species of European water­tortoises Testudinata (testudo hermanii boetgeri, emys orbicularis & mauremys caspica), which are endangered and find refuge in the calm waters. Protected by the Bonn Convention N.2719 and the European Union Directive on the conservation of wild flora and fauna. It is unique in the Kassandra peninsula lake and is,indeed, a part of nature and an area wider peninsula Chalkidiki causing the admiration of visitors.The area was named after its inhabitants Polychronou, because in our country a place that stops water and small size, always in relation to the sea, called "bar". Moreover characteristic phrases ... "flooded the house and became bar", "the waters were gathered bar" and others. This lake is actually small in size. You must be a whole around 200­300 sq.m. Named "Mavrobara" the black paint was water. This name (always talk about the first component, ie. The adjective black) should be resulted from the following reasons:

From black to take the water of the lake, as they landed in that the shadows of towering pines who went around. From the "moss", and other aquatic plants which were in abundance in the water, as well as other objects that fall at times therein and the depth of which should not exceed 10 meters. The creation should be due to landslides many centuries ago. In 1995 hunting Cassandra club built with stone faucet running always cold water while the Forestry Cassandra placed on wooden benches outside the lake cleaned area. Also has fenced space in an area of 10 acres and have set up information for the common signs of the Forest Service in 2001. It is worth a walk to the Mavrobara that besides turtles, has several hiking trails, churches, springs and rare vegetation and all that few kilometers from Polychrono.

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