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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 Heraklion, Greece Arolithos Traditional Cretan Village
Arolithos Traditional Cretan Village
11th km of old road Heraklion-Rethimnon, Tílisos, 71500 Heraklion, Greece

The Arolithos Traditional Village Hotel is located in a complex of buildings representing traditional Cretan village 12 km away from Heraklion. The distance from the Nikos Kazantzakis airport in Heraklion is 15 km. The distance from the beach is 5 km.

Hotel in Chalkidiki, Greece Porfi Beach Hotel
Porfi Beach Hotel
Nikiti, 63088 Chalkidiki, Greece

Porfi Beach Hotel is located right next to the sandy beach in Nikiti area in beautiful Chalkidiki. Thessaloniki Airport Makedonia is at 85 km and the lively center of Thessaloniky is 97 km away.

Hotel in Athens, Greece Exis Boutique  Hotel
8 10
Exis Boutique Hotel
1, Spartis , Amerikis square, 11252 Athens, Greece

Hotel Exis is superbly situated on Amerikis Square, only 10 minutes drive by private car or public transportation means from the city centre, 7 minutes from the National Archaeological Museum and the nearest metro station.


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