ABOUT GREECE | FLORA AND FAUNA
Who would imagine that in a small country, such as Greece, there are approximately 8000 different types of plants, around 1200 of which are endemic? (while in most northern European countries the indigenous plants are no more than ten). It is a fact that Greece is one of the wealthiest countries in Europe - if not the wealthiest - in flora and fauna, with some rare or endangered species. Thanks to its location it combines species from both continents, Europe and Asia. Apart from the position, what also contributes to the vast biodiversity of the country is the polymorphic terrain: the high mountains, the deep gorges, the delta of the rivers, the hundreds isolated islets create microclimates which help maintaining the species and create unique ecosystems.
Thanks to this diversity and despite its small size, Greece enjoys at least 13 national parks and around 11 wetlands, areas of utmost environmental importance, protected by european and international environmental treaties. In almost every part of Greece there are local species, while some of them are more special than others, besides the biotops and the protected areas. So, whether you are interested in wild flowers and herbs, bird-watching, hiking through a forest or bushland, or trekking along a gorge, or simply walking in the countryside, they are here for you to get to know and enjoy.