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
The itinerary worked well, as it's been honed over many years. Good variety of wildlife over a good range of sites. Archaeological interest too, and some historical sites. The tour leaders were excellent and really made the trip. The Alianthos Beach Hotel in Plakias was particularly good, with excellent buffet for breakfast and evening meal.
I just had to give Naturetrek a try and I'm glad I went and saw some wonderful things (the highlight for me was the successful search and discovery of the Grass Jewel near Delphi).
The rain which preceded our arrival ensured the plants we'd come to see were in bloom in huge quantities - positive drifts or 'hosts' or whatever word seems most suitable of Cyclamen and Crocus. Quite wonderful! Lovely to see sunrise/sunset over Gythio harbour from the balcony. Having two leaders who so obviously get on well together and have similar attitudes to things was a real bonus.