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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.


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.


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

Hotel in Athens, Greece Athens Lotus Hotel
8.7 10
Athens Lotus Hotel
9 Chiou Str., Plateia Karaiskaki, 10438 Athens, Greece

This 4-star boutique hotel is located close to the Metaxourgeio Metro Station and a short walk from Athens’ historic monuments. Larissis Railway Station is only 2 minutes’ walk from the hotel. #

Pansion in Alonissos, Greece Pension Galazios Kolpos
Pension Galazios Kolpos
Patitiri, 37005 Alonissos, Greece

Pension Galazios Kolpos is located in Patitiri, just a 3-minute walk from the Port of Alonissos. Patitiri beach is only a 4-minute walk away.

Hotel in Athens, Greece Hotel Maroussi
8.2 10
Hotel Maroussi
10, Olympias Str., 15124 Athens, Greece

Hotel Maroussi is located in Maroussi region, just a 12-minute walk of Nerantziotissa Metro and Suburban Railway Station. Athens International Airport "Eleftherios Venizelos" is 26 km away.


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