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
David Tattersfield has extensive knowledge of the area and the localised areas in which particular species are to be found. Barry Oxley was a wonderful addition, very cooperative. Great botanists, like David, don't grow on trees! I thought the itinerary was well-balanced. I loved the chance to visit the historical sites of Monemvasia and Mystras.
The tour leaders' knowledge of both the area and their specialisations was very impressive. While I've visited western Crete a couple of times some twenty years ago, there's nothing like being taken to places by people who know what to look for and where to look for it. The hotels were both good, and Hotel Horizon is a particularly good find, with lovely rooms (it was wonderful waking to the sound of the sea and sparrows).
This was my first butterfly holiday. It was good to have the chance of spending time seeing the butterflies at really close quarters.