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Top Greek islands for wildlife lovers

Aegina ● Alonissos ● Crete ● Rhodes ● Zakynthos ● 06 March 2018
 

Greece due to its mild climate has maybe the richest biodiversity in Europe. If you are a lover of wildlife and you want to see rare species of animals and explore the fauna of the Mediterranean Sea, on these islands you can combine your hobby with summer vacation. All of these islands are not only famous wildlife destinations but also beautiful places with gorgeous beaches to sunbathe and swim as well as traditional villages and delicious cuisine. Thus, you will have the ultimate experience of ecotourism in Greece in an alternative Greek Island Hopping!


Zakynthos

Caretta- caretta is a protected species of sea turtle, which can be found mainly in the Ionian Sea, and especially in Zakynthos, it lays its eggs. Particularly in Laganas Bay 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 there, 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 Mediterranean 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

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 innumerable butterflies is just something unforgettable. Hundreds of rare butterfly species can be found there, and the area is protected as a National Park.


Crete

Samaria Gorge in Crete, which is listed as area of biogenetic reverse, 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. If you love hiking, it is definitely worth hiking the canyon, a route that lasts about 5 hours. During this fascinating excursion, you will see many kri-kri, grazing carefree. Don't be afraid, they at totally harmless.


Aegina

On the island of Aegina, you can have a different experience than watching the wild animals in their natural environment. The Hellenic Wildlife Hospital is located in the village of Pachia Rachi and is the largest and oldest hospital in southern Europe. Its main activity is the treatment and rehabilitation of wild animals, found all over Greece, such as eagles, wild boars, pelicans, and ferrets. Volunteering in the Hellenic Wildlife Hospital in Aegina is a once in a lifetime experience.

Where to Stay

Appartment in Skiathos, Greece Skianthion
Skianthion
Skiathos Town, 37002 Skiathos, Greece

A family-run Skianthion Hotel is located in Skiathos town just an 8-minute walk from the port and a 10-minute walk from the beach. Skiathos Airport is 2 km away from the property.

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 & Appartment in Katerini, Greece Hotel Vizantio
Hotel Vizantio
10, Thrakis Str., Paralia, 60100 Katerini, Greece

Hotel Vizantio in located in Paralia, Katerini, just a 6-minute walk from the beach. The center of Katerini is a 15-minute drive away. The International Airport of Thessaloniki is 104 km away.


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