Flanked by reeds with water-lilies opening their blooms to the sun, this Natura 2000 artificial lake – which rises or falls by 4.5 meters depending on the season – is a must-see for the thousands of birds that gather and reproduce here (see birdwatching section). Sightseeing boats leave from the ports of Mandraki and Kerkini while numerous other activities are available. Visit the Office for the Promotion of Ecotourism which has been in operation since 2002 in the village of Lithotopos.
This more than 30 square kilometres of beech and pine forest is a protected Natura 2000 area. With a climate similar to that of northern Europe, it is a winter wonderland when covered in snow. The spring brings a burst of color with crocuses peeping out under the shade of ageless trees. More than 515 species of flora have been recorded and the region hosts an abundance of wildlife. The Sfagnonas part of the wood is of particular beauty and is protected as a paleobotanical area of great importance to the study of the forest’s history. It has been declared a monument of nature by the Agriculture Ministry.