Meanwhile, as the Izmir festival continues…… Back to Kerkini, Greece.
As you can probably tell Lake Kerkini is fabulous for watching water birds. It is also good for eagles, buzzards, black kites, bee eaters, rose starlings, and more. There are also water buffalo, easy to see, and by repute other large mammals including wolves and jackals which of course are less easy to see.
There are a few hotels in the area, two in Kerkini, and others nearby in other villages. The hotels may fill up at the weekends (Kerkini is less than an hour from Thessaloniki) and during migration but, when we were there we had no problem finding a place to stay. We chose Oikoperiigitis which is in the village of Kerkini. Not the cheapest option, but is it a lovely hotel which does really great inexpensive food. One of the specialties is lumps of slow cooked buffalo on pasta, simple and utterly delicious, even more so with a carafe of local wine.
There are a few other bars and tavernas in the village, along with loads of nesting white storks. We have got a bit blase about white storks, we see them all summer back home in Selçuk.
The hotel is able to organise various tours and boat trip in and around the lake, but we guess all the hotels in the area can do this. We took an early morning boat trip with Vasilis, a friend, who we met the year before. Vasilis is fantastic, really knowledgeable about the area and birds, and incredibly helpful. The boat trip was amazing and the source of most of the bird photos from an earlier post including this one of a spoonbill and pygmy cormorant
It is a stunningly beautiful area, one we will return to. We are already thinking about next year and maybe getting to Lake Prespa as well.