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Greece's wildlife: top 10 destinations

Alexandroupoli ● Alonissos ● Crete ● Macedonia ● Rhodes ● Thasos ● Thessaloniki ● Zakynthos ● 28 September 2017
 

Are you a lover of wildlife? Do you want to discover rare species of animals and live an unforgettable experience exploring the fauna of places with great natural beauty? Read this list with the top 10 destinations in Greece where you can find incredible wildlife. Greece has among the richest biodiversity in Europe, and you will be impressed by the species you will see.


Pindos

The National Park of Mountain Pindos features stunning forests and high mountains where red deer, bears and wolves. This park is one of the rare places in Greece where bears are free yet protected.

Nestos Delta

Nestos Delta is located in a very close distance to the island of Thasos in northern Greece. The place and the lakes around it are home to many mammals, such as jackals and wild otters. It is also a popular destination for birdwatchers.

Nestos River

Zakynthos

Caretta- caretta is a protected species of sea turtle, which can be found all over Greece, but in Zakynthos, it lays its eggs. Especially in Laganas Beach(Zakynthos) and in Marathonisi, there is a protected area, where caretta- caretta lays its eggs, and tourists should not put their umbrellas. If you take an excursion boat in Laganas Zakynthos Bay, you will certainly see a sea turtle swimming in the crystal waters, an unforgettable experience for children as well as for everybody.

Caretta-caretta

Alonissos

One of the greatest assets of Alonissos is the day trip by boat in order to see monachus monachus, the protected species of seal, which lives in the sea and the tiny islands around Alonissos. The Marine Park of Alonissos is also a must-see for those, who are passionate about dolphins and generally marine life.

Monachus monachus

Prespa lakes

The National Park of Prespa Lakes in Macedonia (Greece) is home to diverse fauna and flora. It is renowned for its rich biodiversity as it is home to 260 species of birds, 1,500 plants, 23 fish and 60 mammals species- that is more than half of the species to be found in Greece and Europe. Red and white pelicans, ducks, cormorants, herons and geese are only some of the interesting animals you can watch in Prespa Lakes, the natural paradise where man and nature live together in harmony.

Prespa Lake

Rhodes

The Valley of Butterflies in Rhodes is a wonderful forest with literally thousands of butterflies that come every May to breed. The picture of the green haven and the spectacular trees with numerous butterflies is just something unforgettable.

Kerkini Lake

Kerkini Lake near Thessaloniki has more than 200 species of aquatic birds, but the most fascinating with this place is that it is one of the rare destinations where you can spot water buffalo!

Samaria Gorge

Samaria Gorge in Crete is considered as one of the largest canyons in Europe, and its natural beauty is impressive. It is the natural habitat of many endemic species including a rare species of goat called kri-kri.

Samaria Gorge

Evrytania

The wider region of Evrytania is a breeding ground for wolves, foxes, wild deer, wild cats and wild boar thanks to its rich ecosystem.

Evros Delta and Dadia Forest

Top wildlife destinations in a close distance to Alexandroupoli are Dadia Forest and Evros Delta. Dadia Forest is a national park with 166 bird species, 36 species of birds of prey, rare orchids and wild apple trees. The Evros Delta is an ecological paradise, where you can go boating. The experience of watching the flamingos mirrored on the surface of the lagoon is just unforgettable.


Where to Stay

Hotel in Zakynthos, Greece Varres Hotel
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Varres Hotel
Mpohali, Zakynthos Town, 29100 Zakynthos, Greece

Hotel Varres is located on Bochalis Hill, just 1.2 km away from the city center of Zakynthos. Zakynthos Airport is 4 km away from Varres.

Hotel in Karpathos, Greece Balaskas Hotel
Balaskas Hotel
Diafani, 85700 Karpathos, Greece

The family-run Balaskas Hotel is located just 6 minutes walk from sandy Diafani Beach. The distance from Diafani port is 800 metres. Karpathos town and the port Pigadia are at 50 km, while Karpathos Island National Airport is at 65 km. The hotel offers free transfer from/to Diafani Port and airport transfer on request at an additional cost.

Hotel in Argos, Greece Morfeas Hotel
Morfeas Hotel
2, Danaou str., 21200 Argos, Greece

Morfeas Hotel is in a central location in Argos, 14 km away from Mycenae and 12 km away from Nafplio. The property is close to supermarkets, shops and restaurants. The International Airport of Kalamata is 128 km away.


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