Where to Find Greece’s Incredible Wildlife

Loggerhead sea turtle  | ©  PixaBay
Loggerhead sea turtle | © PixaBay
Photo of Ethel Dilouambaka
7 August 2017

With its beautiful beaches, picturesque islands covered in whitewashed buildings and age-old monuments, Greece is a dreamy summer destination. But many visitors aren’t aware that the country boasts vibrant wildlife and has among the richest ecodiversity in Europe. If you are a nature lover, here are the locations you should visit to catch a glimpse of this stunning wildlife.

Pindos National Park

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One of the rare places in Greece where wild bears roam free, the Pindos National Park, located in the northwest of the country, features dense forests and high mountains, the habitat of choice for bears and wolves. Groups of red deer have also been spotted in the wilderness of the park, which includes several trails which visitors can explore during their holidays.

Samaria Gorge

Crete, the largest island of the nation, is the natural habitat for many endemic species, including a rare species of goat called the kri-kri. The island is also home to the Cretan (arcalos) badger, and also to many plant species including anemones, daffodils, and cyclamen. If you feel like exploring the majestic gorge, keep your eyes open as you hike your way through the rocks.

Samaria Gorge, Greece

Alonissos Marine Park

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Tracking dolphins in Greece
Tracking dolphins in Greece | © Backlight02/ Flickr
Greece’s first marine park is one of the largest marine protected areas in Europe. As such, Alonissos Marine Park, located in the Sporades islands, is a must-see if you are passionate about marine life. There, you may be lucky enough to spot the Mediterranean monk seal, an endangered marine species which populates the islands of Gioura and Piperi. Moreover, the national park is one of the best places to catch a glimpse of dolphins, so make sure to take a boat trip around the islands.

Zakynthos Marine Park

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Located in the Ionian Sea, Zakynthos is a well-known nesting habitat for the loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta Caretta). Mainly found in the Bay of Laganas and the nearby islands of Strofadia, the turtles are protected and the park expressly ask visitors to leave the nests alone so as not to disturb the eggs. While the beaches are not open to the public after dark, you may have the chance to see turtles while on a boat tour or during your scuba diving session.

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