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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.
Located in northern Greece, close to Thassos Island, the Nestos Delta and its surrounding lagoons is home to rare mammals such as wild otters, jackals, and boar. The delta is also a known destination for birdwatchers, as it is the natural habitat for birds of prey, flamingos, and many more bird species.
The Prespa Lakes, also known as the Prespa National Park, is located in the northern part of the country and spills over into neighbors Albania. Home to diverse fauna and flora, this birdwatching destination is the ideal location to spot over 200 aquatic bird species, including red and white pelicans.
The Valley of Butterflies is a fairytale-like forest where butterflies settle in their masses in May, located on the island of Rhodes. One of the famous attractions of the island, besides the ancient sites, the valley is a spectacular green haven abounding in flora and trees where butterflies come every year to breed.
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.
Located in the heart of Greece, the region of Evrytania is a natural breeding ground for wolves and foxes, and wild deer, and even wild cats have been spotted here. Blessed with a rich ecosystem, Evrytania is also home to wild boar, who are now benefitting from a hunting ban.