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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

Studio & Appartment in Leros, Greece Angelika Studios
Angelika Studios
Alinda, 85400 Leros, Greece

Angelika Studios is located in the popular tourist resort of Alinda, just a 4-minute walk from the beach. Agia Marina harbour is 3.2 km away. Lakki port is 7.5 km away.

Hotel in Loutraki, Greece Hotel Aegli
Hotel Aegli
15, Georgiou Lekka Str., 20300 Loutraki, Greece

Hotel Aegli enjoys an excellent beachfront location in Loutraki, close to the Thermal Spa as well as many shops and restaurants. Ancient Corinth is a 20-minute drive away. Athens is 80 km away.

Hotel & Spa in Olympia, Greece Olympic Village Hotel Resort & Spa
Olympic Village Hotel Resort & Spa
Ancient Olympia, 27065 Olympia, Greece

Olympic Village Hotel Resort & Spa is located in the beautiful valley of Alfeios river in the famous and picturesque village of Olympia, the birthplace of the Olympic Games in the western Peloponnese. The hotel lies within a 15-minute walk from the archaeological site of Ancient Olympia and a 10-minute walk from the main street of the village.


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