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Mavrobara Polihrono

Mavrobara lake Polichrono Halkidiki

Situated in Polichrono Mavrobara is a place or rare beauty and with major ecological importance. Situated 300m height and 2.5 km from the main road. Monument of nature since 1998, by the Prefecture of Central Macedonia.


A sweet water lake with total epanse of 2.200 sq metres. It’s age goes throught the centuries. The lake was created by geological subsidence on land reclaimed from the sea. One myth connects Mavrobara with an underground stream. The calm waters give refuge to two rare species of water turtle that belong to the families “emydidae” “emys orbicularis” and “mauremys caspica”. the number of these species, have increased over the recent years and it is very encouraging for their evolution.

We can find the turtles in areas with some altitude. They are mostly active in day time and feed on small fishes, wich they find in the lake. They give birth to 3-16 white eggs (emys ordicularis) and 4-6 (mauremys caspica).

They hide them in the ground in shiny (warm) places to a depth of between 30-90cm. The incubation takes place during the summer. They live 10-15 years and the sex of the new borne is defined by the temperature of the environment.

How to get there

Mavrobara is situated in the forest of Polihrono, in a beautiful location where there are many trees, plants, frogs, blackbirds, woodcocks, salamanders, watersnakes, etc.

From Kassandrino: You can drive from Kassandrino to Polichrono local road. You can drive direct to the lake or you can leave the car when you see the sign and walk right to the dirt-road ( Here you can leave the car and walk 2.5 km away )
( Click for Google Map Route )

From Polichrono : Drive up to Kassandrino road on your left after gas station. After few kilometres you will see a sign for Mavrobara lake. You can leave the car there and walk 2.5 km to the lake or you can drive direct to the lake. ( Click for Google Map Route )

Road is used by any type of car.

Distances from Polichrono is about 2.7 km and from Kassandrino is about 4 km.


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