Walking the dog at Agiannaki Beach, Kyparissia Bay in the Peloponnese
Agiannaki is a beautiful stretch of beach along the Kyparissia bay, deep and wide with golden brown fine sand stretching away as far as the eye can see. On this sand the huge loggerhead turtles return every year to nest. You can still see the old nesting sites ringed with canes, placed with care by the young volunteers of the Kyparissia Turtle Conservation project. The aim is to preserve and protect this incredible beach and nesting site from tourists and developers to keep these ancient creatures and their tiny progeny away from the disorientating lights of civilisation. The beach project has been so exponentially successful over the years that there are thousands of newborn turtles reaching the sea and returning to the beach to nest years later. Good news for the turtles and good news for those of us who want to keep the beautiful and natural beach terrain of the bay unspoilt.
The views in Winter are awe inspiring. On one side huge salty breakers roll in, powerful perfect arcs tipped with creamy foaming tumbling surf; roaring and crashing as it rumbles down and races greedily to shore, effervescent bubbles hissing and whooshing as they break on shingle and sand. The horizon stretches endlessly onward, a deep dark blue fading through gunmetal grey to an opalescent pearl as the sea meets the sky and the clouds begin to break their cargo of rain.
On the other side of the beach is a lush expanse of grassy plain fringed with spreading cedar and cypress trees, deep green, Misty and aromatic. The looming grey-green mountains reach up behind, their snow covered tops swirled in mysterious fog. I walked with the dog who frisked and jumped about carefully avoiding the foamy advances of the surf and chasing sea birds from their driftwood perches. These moments are precious ….