Wildlife holidays in Greece
Tell me about Greece …
Greece is situated in south-eastern Europe on the southern end of the Balkan Peninsula.
It has a mountainous peninsular mainland and the tenth longest coastline in the world. The beauty of its landscapes and its numerous islands (1,400 in total, of which about 230 are inhabited) is world famous.
Greece has a long history. It is generally acknowledged as being the cradle of Western civilisation and the birthplace of democracy.
Our Greece specialist recommends...
"I recommend our ‘Lesbos’ birdwatching holiday, renowned for the volume and density of its spring bird migration. Alternatively you could join us on our ‘Autumn Plants of the Peloponnese’ tour, enjoying the autumn-flowering bulbs among the mountains of ancient Sparta."Dan Free
What’s special about the wildlife?
Greece has some wonderfully unspoiled habitats teeming with a rich butterfly fauna. The picturesque mountain regions of Mount Chelmos in the Aroanian Mountains, and Mount Parnassos on the northern side of the Gulf of Corinth, share a similar reputation for the high diversity and unique quality of the butterflies frequenting their forested slopes and alpine meadows.
The limestone mountains and plains of ancient Sparta in the Peloponnese are home to wonderful displays of autumn flowering bulbs.
Lake Kerkini is one of the finest wetlands in Greece and attracts a wealth of waterbirds and other bird life.
Naturetrek tours to Greece
Naturetrek offers a range of natural history holidays and wildlife tours to Greece, including a bird watching tour to northern Greece’s Lake Kerkini, an exploration of southern Greece’s superb butterfly fauna, and a holiday to the Peloponnese focusing on the region’s delightful autumn bulbs.
What might I see?
- Squacco Herons, Little Bitterns, Purple Herons & a wealth of other wetland bird life on Lake Kerkini
- Warblers proclaiming spring territories, as well as Bee-eaters, Golden Orioles & Hoopoes
- A chance to look for over 50 species of butterfly in a single day, including Black-veined Whites, Clouded Yellows & Grecian Copper, plus hundreds of Balkan Marbled Whites
- The joy of seeing classic ‘spring’ flowers of the UK such as crocus, cyclamen & snowdrops … flowering in the autumn!
WHAT YOU'VE BEEN SAYING ABOUT OUR Greece HOLIDAYS
Good range of habitat and birds. Chris Murphy worked hard to ensure everyone’s wish list was fulfilled and helped me (as the groups least experienced birder) to identify the different Warblers and Buntings.
Picnic lunches were excellent and varied.
Lesbos in mid-April is as close to birding heaven as Im likely to get, but its worth separating the ingredients that made this such a special trip for me... Another contributing factor was the geography of the island with the comfortable distances to and from the various sites, enabling us to be based at one hotel throughout. Ive now been on six holidays of this type...and I think the one particular feature of this trip that stood out was the qualities of the two leaders. Profound ornithological knowledge one takes for granted...The level of banter, always good-natured, was at just the right level, nothing was too much trouble, patiently getting the last person onto a difficult-to-see bird. They clearly put a lot of energy into everything they did, not least behind the scenes, while making the whole progress of the tour smooth and seemingly effortless... So full marks to them and Naturetrek for an exceptional and memorable trip. Its worth mentioning that both leaders driving was as excellent and reassuring as one could wish, particularly necessary on the unmade and sometimes precipitous mountain roads.
This was one of my best butterfly trips with Naturetrek - the superb weather, excellent number of butterflies and very good accommodation and food all contributed to the result.