In the original book this walk took one up into the vineyards of Porto Carras. This is now no longer possible and it has been replaced by a route that follows the beautiful coastline with its many sandy bays to the south of Porto Carras.
The route is mostly along a traffic free road and one returns by the same route so the length of walk can be changed to suit the weather and other circumstances. On reaching the farthest point at the vehicle barrier it is possible to con-
tinue another 2 kilometres to a beach taverna if desired. For those wanting a short walk giving fine views over the sea another route, which climbs up into an olive grove near Porto Carras, has been added to this section.
The start for this walk is about 100m north of the Portes Palace Hotel in Potidea. A road leads down to the beach in about 400m. On reaching the beach road turn right for about 100m and then left across the dunes to meet a sandy track. turn left onto this track and follow it northwards until you see the lake on your left. The size of the lake varies according to the season. Look for a track to the left which takes you nearer to the lake and follow this track northwards with reeds and the lake on your left.
A great variety of water birds can be seen, depending on the time of year. For example, waders are often present in great numbers such as black winged Stilts and Avocets. Caspian gulls, coots and Teal ducks are also plentiful.
IOccasionally present are Squacco Herons, Mallards, Widgeons and Shoveler ducks. On rare occasions one can see Greylag Geese, Great White Egrets, Whooper Swans, Mute Swans and Shelducks.
Continue parallel to the lake keeping to the path closest to the water which is dry underfoot. This may vary with the season. every now and again a sandy track will lead off to your right away from the lakes. Any of these will take you across to the beach and the waters of the Toroneos Gulf. You can return along the track parallel to the beach or by retracing your steps if you want to see the wildlife on the lake.