Petrified forest-Saint Eirini-Perfecture of Lakonia

Starting point: Saint Marina’s bay
Level: Easy trek

Distance: About 10km

Hot spots: The unique phenomenon of petrified palm forest in Laconia, which appears to be one of its kind throughout the world, walking through the forest & across the coast line with breathtaking view.

The Petrified Forest of St Marina in cape of Malia will find the visitor about 18 km south of Naples,perfecture of Lakonia,municipality of Voies,8 km from the village of St. Nicholas.

Our walking tour starts from the isolated bay of sent Marina with titurquoise clear waters.There is a kiosk at the beginning of our walk which has some information about the protected area.
The palaeontologic studies which have been conducted show that the petrified tree trunks occupy an area which covers St Nikolaos and St Marina and reaches Neapoli and Elafonissos. The tree trunks date back to between two and three million years and they are indeed a rare find, since they were petrified by the sea and they were not turned into silicon dioxide by volcano ashes. Experts believe that during this time, Greece had a subtropical climate with a mean annual temperature of around 18 C with plenty of rainfall.
The palm trees which grew in the area extended right up to the beach. At some point, sea level began to rise and eventually covered the trees, which began to petrify and calcify as a result of the calcium carbonate. Later, the sea level dropped and marine organisms, such as shell-fish, remained on the trunks and were also found in their petrified form.
On our left side we can see all the mountain hill with the petrified tree trunks & on our left side is the endless horizon of the Mediterranean Sea.
Continue on the dirt narrow path, which has a lot of small turns, we walk across the coastline, which has uphills & downhills with the highest altitude at 75 m. At its end we meet the picturesque chapel of Saint Eirini which we can take a break with a panoramic sea view.The path continues for a little bit more, for an other one smaller isolated chapel of Saint Nikolas, which that spot is the end of the path.The way back is from the same path.

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