Natura 2000 Greek islands

15/09/2023
Every corner of Greece, every island has its own special ecosystem, its own grace that is worth discovering, getting to know, surrendering! Unique island treasures, officially registered in the Natura 2000 network, promise you the most unforgettable holidays!
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Would you choose to spend your vacation on an island with a protected ecosystem and locations designed specifically for nature lovers? Would you prefer to spend your vacation days away from posh beaches and well-known beach bars in search of happiness while observing rare plants and animals and finding peace among craggy mountains, hidden creeks, and canyons? A program to protect biodiversity and nature at the European level is called Natura 2000. Many islands in Greece are a part of this network, protecting their delicate ecosystem. The Natura Islands are remarkable in beauty and well worth exploring. Quit pondering how to do that. Get ferry tickets to the most wonderful locations by visiting Let's Ferry!

Definition: The Natura 2000 is a network of protected areas in Europe that includes locations where particular natural habitats, or particular plant and animal species, have been recognized as being significant and requiring protection on a European scale. Approximately 446 sites in Greece are part of this network, which improves the protection of nature.

Crete

Lake KournasLake Kournas

With so many gorges, mountains, and other natural wonders, Crete could not possibly be left off of the Natura 2000 list. With its impressive flora and fauna, it plays a significant role in the national ecosystem and has more than 50 different protected areas. A few locations where the vegetation of the land demonstrates the magnificence of nature include the National Park in the Samaria Gorge, the Therissos Gorge, the surrounding area in Preveli, the Palm Forest in Vai, Chrysi Island, Elafonissi, Lake Kournas, the White Mountains, Mount Ida (Psiloritis), Balos beach and Zakros. Visit Let's Ferry to find schedules and tickets that will transport you to the lovely island of Crete!

Zakynthos

Caretta-Caretta turtle in National Marine Park of Zakynthos

Although Zakynthos is well known for its unrivaled beaches, cultural heritage, traditional nougats, and the joy of the locals, it is also the sea turtle Caretta caretta's primary breeding ground. Both turtles and the Mediterranean Monachus monachus seals find shelter and the warmth they require to reproduce and live in its crystal clear waters, the warm velvety sand of Laganas, and its wondrous underwater world. One can easily see that every bay surrounding the island is protected by this international agreement by taking a quick look at the map of the Natura 2000 network. Another factor that makes Zakynthos unique is its National Marine Park, which is in addition to the island's unique natural features. Get to know the natural beauties of the island, by getting your tickets on Let's Ferry!

Astypalaia

Kounoupa Beach in AstypalaiaKounoupa Beach in Astypalaia

One of the most ecologically significant regions of the Mediterranean is the butterfly-shaped island of the Aegean, which resembles the Cyclades but is part of the Dodecanese. It is home to rare species of both flora and fauna. It is impossible not to consider it another island with a unique place among the others in the Natura 2000 protection network given its cluster of 12 islets full of endemic Aegean plants and nests of rare animals, as well as its abundance of bays, coves, and caves with stalactites on its eastern side. Discover all the details you require on Let's Ferry to enjoy a unique vacation in a well-liked location!

Alonnisos

Monachus-monachus seal in the Alonissos North Sporades National Marine ParkMonachus-monachus seal in the Alonissos North Sporades National Marine Park

The first marine park established in Greece, the National Marine Park of Alonissos and Northern Sporades is now the largest marine protected area in Europe. It comprises the island itself, 6 smaller islands, and 22 nearby rocky islets. A rare combination of terrestrial and marine Mediterranean habitats, along with hundreds of species of plants and animals, can be found here, making it one of the most well-known locations in the nation and a part of the Natura 2000 network. According to a ministerial decree, its heavenly waters are a protected area and a haven for the Mediterranean monachus-monachus seals. By quickly and easily purchasing tickets through Let's Ferry, Alonissos and the rest of the Sporades move closer together.

Samothrace

Mount Saos in SamothraceMount Saos in Samothrace

Samothrace, popular for its history and cultural heritage, is a key part of the list of islands that make up the Natura 2000 network. Most of the island is protected by the international ecological treaty with Mount Saos or Fengari leading the way, as well as a rather impressively large part of its coastline, as its physiology is home to wild birds and rare vegetation. Experience the beauties of Samothrace by travelling from Alexandroupoli with Let's Ferry!

Lesvos

A fossilized tree trunk in the Petrified Forest of Sigri, LesvosA fossilized tree trunk in the Petrified Forest of Sigri, Lesvos

Lesvos is a stately and highly atmospheric island, ideal for alternative and carefree holidays for whatever stage of life you are in. However, the beautiful North Aegean island will not only steal your heart for its particular beauty, but also for the wider ecosystem found in the area. The island of Lesvos, with a prominent position in the Natura 2000 network list, rivals the rest of the island in having a number of areas in need of protection, and home to rare birds and plants. Within the national network of ecological protection, the island's coastal wetlands, the Gulf of Kalloni, the famous one-of-a-kind Petrified Forest that is worth visiting, Dipi swamp, Mount Olympus and the marine area of the Tomakia isles are all part of the national network of ecological protection. In the area nest or pass through species of birds that are endangered and non-endangered, such as redshanks, avocets, pink flamingos, shelducks, white storks, shags and many others.

Milos

Achivadolimni in MilosAchivadolimni in Milos

What to admire on the Milos island! The unforgettable sunset, the distinctive exotic beaches, the unspoiled wilderness, the limestone's architectural design created by geology, and the unsettling sea fjords. The islands that make up the Natura 2000 network include Milos. The Mediterranean seals' natural habitat is along the island's southwest coast. The remaining western portion is thought to be home to the Milos red viper. The forest of horizontal cypresses, a rare habitat with century-old trees, and Achivadolimni, the largest natural wetland of the Cyclades, are all included in the Natura site of Milos. In the west of the island, there are also many plants and herbs, wild flowers, and protected birds like the black-headed hawk, a rare migratory hawk. The updated Let's Ferry website has information on ferry tickets to Milos as well as timetables, costs, and deals.

Kefalonia

Deplhinus delfis, KefaloniaDeplhinus delfis, Kefalonia

You are not the only visitor to Kefalonia, the stunning island. A vast and marvellous Mediterranean ecosystem travels, lives, and grows in its lovely, crystal-clear waters, rapids, and immaculate beaches. In addition to the critically endangered seal Monachus monachus and the sea turtle Caretta caretta, whose nesting beaches at Skala and Katelios are among the most significant in the world, Kefalonia is also home to dolphins, blue tuna, stingrays, gray whales, and bellows whales. Regarding the land portion of the island, the mountain peaks of Mount Ainos in its center are a crucial component of the Natura 2000 network, which protects numerous protected plant and bird species.

Every region and island in Greece have unique ecosystems and graces that are worth exploring, getting to know, and giving in to. Unique island treasures that are officially part of the Natura 2000 network assure you of the most incredible vacations!