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Akoli Pond
Brakish coastal wetland. It is protected under the Presidential Decree for the small insular wetlands (Y222KER011, ΦΕΚ 229/ΑΑΠ/2012). There is halophytic vegetation, rushes, reeds, tamarisks and in the perimeter maki vegetation. Common birds are the little Egret, the Grey Heron, the Little Grebe, the Mallard etc. In the past the Eurasian Otter has been recorded here.
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Desimi
Desimi is a beach in eastern Lefkada, at the eastern base of the Nidri peninsula.
Place
Lefkada
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Limenia
Residual forms of erosion are located along the road network from Skala to Poros in the area of Eliou-Pronnon. These forms are remnant erosion geomorphs of Oligocene-Miocene conglomerate limestones of the Pre-Apulian zone characterized as marine notches.These sea notches were formed due to sea-level change, being indicators of this change, either due to eustatism or due to the tectonic uplift that followed their formation. Source: (www.kefaloniageopark.gr)
Place
Cefalonia
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Profitis Ilias of Englouvi
The Profitis Ilias of Englouvi is located on a peak at an altitude of almost 1050 meters. Profitis Ilias (Prophet Elias) is the protector of the village of Englouvi. From there there is an impressive view to the east side of Lefkada.
Place
Lefkada
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Rafting in Voidomatis
This beautiful water route passes through the heart of the Vikos-Aoos National Park. The Voidomatis River rises near the village of Vikos in central Zagori and after crossing the lush green Vikos Gorge, it meets the Aoos River in the valley of Konitsa. Surrounded by a rare natural environment of immense ecological value, Voidomatis offers us unforgettable experiences. During our descent we pass through century-old plane trees, caves and arched bridges. The more adventurous can also take a dip in the crystal clear and icy waters of the river. Our descent starts from the Aristis Bridge and ends after the stone single-arched bridge of Kleidonia, just below our base. The 6 km of the route flow without any particular technical requirements and difficulties. Just before the end of the route there is the extremely entertaining passage of a small artificial waterfall, as the crowning glory of an exciting day! The route is ideal for beginners who want to get to know the activity of rafting, without any previous experience.
Place
Zagorochoria,Voidomatis-river
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Hiking Pertouli Ski Center – Koziakas Refuge
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Place
Trikala,Koziakas
Tour 1
Santo Monte di Pieta
Santo Monte di Pieta was founded in 1670 on the proposal of the provost Girolamo Giustiniani, which was included in the report he submitted to the Council of the Republic after the end of his term of office from 28 December 1667 to 14 July 1668. Giustiniani notes the increase in usury, mainly at the expense of the peasants, and proposes the creation of a pawnshop using 12,000 reals from the granary funds. On 25 November 1760, by the decision of the marine forecaster Antonio Bernardo, Proveditor General da Mar. The reason for its establishment was the lack of money in Zakynthos and its purpose was "to grant interest-bearing loans to the poor and needy" The same building also housed the funds for the redemption of prisoners, the hospital, the hospital, the private deposits, the harbour and the repair of the roads. And the canoe next to it, today's Foscolo Street, was named Strada Pieta. From the late 17th century the first floor was used for meetings of the council of 150 and there was a double row of benches to sit on. At the back of the room on a raised dais surrounded by a railing were the benches of the Provost and his advisers. After the entrance on the right from 1927 when the archives of the archives were moved to the ground floor of Monte until 1935 was the office of Leonidas Zois.
Place
Zante Town,Agioi Pantes
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Kokkorou ancient stone bridge
The bridge of Kokkoros, Kokkoris, or Noutsos is a stone arched bridge in Central Zagori that connects the villages of Koukouli, Dilofo, and Kipi. The bridge was constructed around 1750. In the past, there was another bridge in the same location that was used to punish rustlers. Nutsos Karamisini of Vradeto sponsored the current bridge's construction in 1750. Alexis Nutsos, son of the original sponsor, restored the bridge in the late 18th or early 19th century. After some damage, the bridge was repaired in 1910-1911 by Grigoris Kokkoros of Kokkouli and the nearby communities. Kokkoros ran a mill near the bridge, therefore, it became known as Kokkoros' bridge. The Union of Zagorisians repaired the bridge in 1960, and it was designated a historical monument in 1964. When the legend that a treasure was hidden in the bridge was heard in 1977, unknown people damaged it. The bridge was later repaired.The bridge is a single span with a 23.6-metre arch span and a 13.3-metre arch height. The total length of the deck is 36.4 metres, and the width is 2.67 metres. Near the bridge lies the so-called "Davelis cave," named after George Davelis, who sought sanctuary there in 1881 while being pursued by Turks. A chapel dedicated to Agia Paraskevi and the mill of Kokkoros are located near the bridge.
Place
Epirus,Zagori
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Tour 1
Korission Lagoon
This area lying on the SW coast of the island of Kerkyra (Corfu), is of great importance not only as a wetland but also because of the biological and aesthetic value of the sandy beaches close to the lagoon. At the southern sandy beach, the presence on the island of the unique Juniperus stands and the petrified sand-dunes create an area of great aesthetic value. The site consists of: the Korission Lake (the largest lake in Kerkyra), and the surrounding lake and seashores which are charcterized by varied and important Mediterranean vegetation types. Among them are: 1) The cruceanelletum maritimae which has the eastern limits of its distribution range here in the Korission area. This area is also the single locality in Greece from where Crucianella maritima has been reported, and 2) The Juniperous phoencea stands growing on the southern sandy beaches of the area which seem to be the unique remnants of such a forest in the islands of Corfu. The site is also characterized by the petrified sand-dunes which create an area of great aesthetic value. The most important part of the site is that separating the sea from Korission Lake (between Garziki Point and the beginning of Agios Georgios beach). This is a complex, interesting and almost unaltered ecosystem, one of the few remaining natural ecosystems in Corfu which has not been greatly changed by tourist development. Source: Natura2000 viewer, European Comission.
Location
Corfu Island
Coordinates
39.43915988 - 19.90379548
Tour 1
Paxoi, Antipaxoi Islands and surrounding sea area
The site consists of a group of calcareous islands and islets which are characterized by rocky and eroded coasts, as well as of the surrounding sea area confined by the isobath of 50 m. The biggest islands of this group, Paxoi and Antipaxoi also show an interesting topography. Paxoi is the only island of this group which is permanently inhabited. The flora of the area consists of about 450 taxa. The majority of them,c. 65%, are typical mediterranean elements but 2 species, namely Centaurea paxorum and Limonium antipaxorum, are local endemics. The main natural vegetation type which dominates in the site seems to be evergreen shrubs or tree-like shrubs belonging to either Oleo-Ceratonion (Ceratonia siliqua, Olea europaea, Pistacia lentiscus, Calycotome villosa, Quercus coccifera etc.) or Quercion ilicis (Phyllirea media, Rhamnus alaternus, Pistacia terebinthus, Arbutus adrachne etc). Clusters of Mediterranean conifers (Juniperus phoenicea, Pinus halepensis and Cupressus sempervirens) are not uncommon within both the above mentioned vegetation types. Juniperus phoenicea and Pinus halepensis seem to be localized in the northwestern and southeastern part (islet Mogonisi) of Paxoi island respectively. In the rocky coasts, the vegetation zone is characterized by the presence of several plant species adapted to the corresponding conditions viz. Crithmum maritimum, Silene sedoides, Reichardia picroides, Daucus carota, Brassica cretica, Limonium antipaxorum, Centaurea antipaxorum etc. In the central part of Paxoi island, the degradation of the Oleo-Ceratonion and Quercus ilicis, due to the human activities of deforestation (fires, olive groves, vineyards, etc), is obvious and the secondary vegetation type of phrygana (Coridothymion) is observed.The site is a foraging area of marine turtles and hence it extents to the isobath of 50m. Marine habitats (subregion: NISOI PAXOI KAI ANTIPAXOI): In 2015, the site was extended 2nm off coast to comprise important and sensitive circalittoral and deep habitats. The total area now spans about 200km2 of seabed surface, frequently exceeding depths of 200m. The western coasts of the islands are steep-sloping and rather exposed to wave action, while the eastern coasts are more sheltered and milder sloping. Several islets, reefs and shoals add to the geographic and topographic complexity of the site. Cetaceans (subregion: NISOI PAXOI KAI ANTIPAXOI KAI EVRYTERH THALASSIA ZONI APO NOTIA KERKYRA EOS AKROTIRIO AGIOS THOMAS (PREVEZA)): The site consists of a group of calcareous islands and islets which are characterized by rocky and eroded coasts and of all their surrounding territorial sea area, including the waters around south Corfu and off the neighboring west mainland coasts. The vast majority of the site's sea area consists of shallow (<200 m) waters inhabited by both coastal dolphin species: bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) and common dolphin (Delphinus delphis). In the west part of the site, west of Paxoi-Antipaxoi Islands, the depth increases rapidly offering appropriate habitat for slope and pelagic cetacean species. The striped dolphin (Stenella coeruleoalba), the Cuvier's beaked whale (Ziphius cavirostris) and the fin whale (Balaenoptera physalus) inhabit or cross this area. The Risso's dolphin (Grampus griseus) is also likely to cross the area according to strandings of this species that have occurred in the wider zone. However, it has not been recorded so far. Source: Natura2000 viewer, European Comission.
Location
Paxos Island
Coordinates
39.19927443 - 20.16723864
Tour 1
Mt. Kalon Oros
From a geological point of view, limestones and dolomites constitute the bedrock of Mt. Kalon Oros. The slopes of south and southwest exposure have steep gradients whilst all other slopes are characterized by gentle gradients. The vegetation cover presents a low diversity since it is mainly composed of macchia with the dominant species of Quercus coccifera, Pistacia lentiscus and Arbutus unedo. Macchia vegetation is very dense on eastern and northern exposed slopes, while on the south and southwestern slopes it is very sparse. In higher altitudes up to the peak, rocky grasslands with sparse individuals of Quercus coccifera occur on the west exposed slopes. These areas were cultivated in the past (olive trees, vineyards) but are now abandoned. Source: Natura2000 viewer, European Comission.
Location
Kefalonia Island
Coordinates
38.33204433 - 20.58539274
Tour 1
Overlooking the Ionian Sea
Overlooking the Ionian Sea: Exo Chora - Kampi The walker’s orientation and safety is solely their responsibility. The present report, the relevant tracks (gpx) and the rest of the informational material are just supplementary. The proper equipment is necessary, depending on the weather conditions and the nature of the route.  Route’s type: linear Route’s duration: about 1 hour Route’s length: 3.500 metres Level of difficulty: easy Suggested season: All seasons, weather permitting. In summer, avoid midday hours. The route It is a linear downhill route with landscape changes, without any difficulty. The route starts in front of the square of the church of Exo Chora (Agios Nikolaos) and after visiting the old olive tree and the wells (which are located "behind" the olive tree to the west). Head east from the asphalt road and after ninety meters turn onto the small road to the south. After three hundred metres this small road meets the main asphalt road which we follow downhill for another three hundred and twenty metres where we turn southwards at the junction we meet. The road continues to be downhill and at one point it becomes a dirt road. At a distance of one thousand one hundred metres, at the relevant junction, we leave it and follow a strongly southerly path along the smaller dirt road we encounter. This dirt road in several places has problems but not significant for the average walker. It passes through areas of low vegetation with excellent views. After about one thousand two hundred metres we are behind the sports facilities of the village of Kampi and continuing in the same direction, after a while we meet the asphalt road and the plateau that marks the end of the route. The route can also be done from the opposite direction (from Kampi to Exo Hora) but it will be uphill. The duration of the hike (excluding any stops) is around an hour not counting the time for the return trip, which is by the same route. However, we can have a vehicle waiting for us at Kabi. On the island of Zakynthos there are: Citizen Service Centres in the settlements (from north to south) of Alykes, Zakynthos Town, Machairado and Pantokratoras. Police Station in Katastari and General Police Department in Zakynthos Town. A number of private clinics, medical centres and pharmacies and public health facilities are located in Zakynthos Town, General Hospital, and a Health Centre in Kallithea. Exo Chora Exochora or Oxochora is a small mountain settlement below Mount Vrachionas. It has been known since the 16th century and, because it survived the 1953 earthquake, it preserves several pre-earthquake buildings. About 120 people live in the settlement, engaged in tourism, but also in the production of grain, oil and grapes, the famous Avgoustiati, which produces an excellent red wine. The most remarkable monument of Exochora is the church of Agios Nikolaos, built in 1701. Its iconostasis, work by Nikola Vidale, is carved in wood and gilded. Next to it, stands the bell tower of the church, which has an impressive architecture. It is also worth visiting the small Venetian tower, an old observatory of the Italians during the Second World War, a point of excellent view, but also the old wells of the settlement, the old plane tree and the old olive tree. Wells of Exochora These wells are group wells, which are a monument of the British rule on the island. These wells are water reservoirs, which use the surface flow of rainwater, preventing evaporation as much as possible. They are constructed with internal masonry, without a coating (bordellana), to ensure both peripheral drainage and filtering of the water from the ground. They are found in areas where the water ponds, due to heavy rainfall and the clay composition of the soil. They were accessible to all the villagers, who shared this important resource fairly. Even today, every family in the village has two wells at its disposal (in total, around 70 are still in operation) to enjoy their water, which is not only watering but also drinking. Kampi Kampi is located towards the west coast of the island and the Ionian Sea at an altitude of 178 meters and 26 km west of the town of Zakynthos, near Exo Chora. It is surrounded by olive trees and vineyards and faces the bay of Schiza and the open sea from a height of 300 meters, offering an excellent view. The settlement of Kampi has survived to a large extent from the devastating earthquakes of 1953, preserves many popular village houses of one or two storeys, intact, and has been officially classified as architecturally interesting. It is mentioned already in the 15th century. The Mycenaean cemetery with its 14 carved graves containing grave goods, clay vessels and pieces of brass weapons is an asset of the area. All the tombs have the same form, they are narrow, square, pit-shaped, carved into the limestone rock of the hill.  Today, according to the 2011 census, 59 inhabitants live in Kampi. Centenarian olive tree In the square of Exochora there is a very old olive tree, which can hardly be found anywhere else. Its trunk creates a huge modern sculpture, while its foliage is lush and evergreen. It is a monument to nature. During the route, the walker will encounter QR information signs at the following points: α) In the central square (in front of the olive tree and the church), b) at the start of the downhill road, c) at the junction of the asphalt road to the south-southwest, d) at the junction of the dirt road to the south, e) behind the sports facilities, f) at the junction of the dirt road and the asphalt road, g) at the end of the route on the plateau.
Location
Zakynthos
Coordinates
37.80087399 - 20.68488708
Tour 1
In ancient Sami
In Ancient Sami: Sami - Antisamos - Acropolis - Sami The walker’s orientation and safety is solely their responsibility. The present report, the relevant tracks (gpx) and the rest of the informational material are just supplementary. The proper equipment is necessary, depending on the weather conditions and the nature of the route.  Route’s type: circular Route’s duration: 2 hours and 30 minutes Route’s length: 8,000 metres Level of difficulty: easy Suggested season: All seasons, weather conditions permitting. During summer, you should avoid midday hours. The route The route starts from the centre of Sami where we head along the coast, and after passing the harbour, we follow a north-easterly direction until we meet the asphalt road leading to the popular beach of Antisamos. We continue our slightly uphill path from the main asphalt road with a beautiful view of northern Kefalonia and the strait of Kefalonia - Ithaca, where after a beautiful and relaxing asphalt track of about three kilometers, we arrive at the point where we enjoy an uninterrupted view of the bay and the beach of Antisamos, Psili Rachi and Mytikas. From this point, we descend to the organized and beautiful beach of Antisamos with its clear waters and bars (in summer it is recommended to bring your swimsuit). At the beginning of the beach, where the bus stop is located at the bend in the road, the path starts. Its start is not very distinct due to the various signs that are present. The path is marked with two lines, blue and white, and proceeds easily, first past a wire fence of some property and then uphill, in a shady environment at first, between Skala and Ambelaki, the two hills of the area. As you climb the vegetation becomes lower and lower so that when you reach the top of the junction there are few shadows. At the junction we have two options: a) either to continue on our way to Agios Fanentes, b) or to do this, but after first visiting the site of the acropolis of ancient Sami, located to the west. The acropolis site dominates the hill of Skala, which is practically opposite us. After the acropolis, we head south towards Agios Fanentes and the ruins of the old monastery. Along the way the view towards Sami and the strait of Kefalonia - Ithaca is excellent. From Agios Fanentes the nature of the route changes. The path becomes narrow and downhill and needs attention. The signposting remains the same (blue and white line), while as we descend the environment becomes increasingly overgrown and shady. After a quite steep descent, in about 900 meters we go down about 200 meters of altitude (average gradient 22%), we reach the upper side of Sami, where through Priamos Street, we reach the point from where we started our route. The duration of the march is about two and a half hours, not counting the stops - visits of the various sights of the route (Antisamos, Acropolis of Sami, etc.). As a circular route, it can also be done from the reverse of the proposed direction, which is not recommended, because in this case the initial ascent from Sami to the ruins of the monastery is steeply uphill. In Kefalonia there are Health Centres in Sami and Hospitals in Argostoli and Lixouri. There are also police services in Fiskardo, Sami, Poros, Lixouri and Argostoli. Citizen Service Centres are in Argostoli, Livathou, Poros and in Agia Efthimia. Sami Sami is the largest town in eastern Kefalonia and an important port of the island, as it is the daily connection with Patras, Astakos and Ithaca. It is also a popular tourist destination. According to the 2011 census, it has 1,025 inhabitants  It has been inhabited since prehistoric times. In ancient times it was one of the four largest cities that made up the Kefalonian quadrilateral. Nature has been particularly generous to the area of Sami, as it is surrounded by lush vegetation, underground caves and beautiful lakes. Antisamos  It is the bay next to the port of Sami, to the east. Antisamos is a pebbly beach, long and wide, with waters that look green, reflecting the environment around the bay: green hills and mountains, covered with holly and cypress trees. For this reason, it is also known as the mirror beach. On the opposite side, the blue sea meets the equally green southern part of Ithaca. Antisamos became the setting for some of the most important and impressive scenes of the Hollywood production "Captain Corelli's Mandolin", which was filmed in Kefalonia in the summer of 2000 and was shown in cinemas all over the world, making the area famous.  Acropolis of Sami Perched on Mount Lapitha, the Ancient Acropolis of Sami offers a panoramic view of the homonymous port. With a history dating back to the Palaeolithic period, ancient Sami was a walled city, an autonomous and sovereign state with its own currency. The origins of the city-state can be traced back to the Geometric period. It was a prosperous city, with many inhabitants, due to its developed trade. Its two acropolises, the extensive fortification and the classical city occupy two hills, at the sites of 'Paleokastro' and 'Agii Fanentes', which are located east of the modern settlement of Sami. In 188 BC, after a four-month siege, it was occupied by the Romans and experienced its second period of prosperity. It acquired public buildings, baths and public works, while its private residences are very luxurious with mosaic floors. Its four cemeteries yield rich and impressive finds. Monastery of Agii Fanentes Within the walls of the acropolis of the classical city of Sami, the monastery of Agii Fanentes was built before 1264, when it was first officially mentioned. The name of the monastery, from which the hill it was built on was renamed, Agii Fanentes, seems to have been derived from a corruption of Agii Neophanis, the saints of Sami, Theodore, Gregory and Leo. According to another version , the name of the monastery is related to the 2nd century AD gnostic philosopher Epiphanis, who was venerated as a god in Sami.  Although the ruins date back to the post-Byzantine period, during which it was renovated (1633), built-in architectural elements in the Catholic Church indicate the existence of a church of the Middle Byzantine period. The complex follows the typical Byzantine layout with the cells arranged in a quadrilateral enclosure and the catholic, free inside. The walls and the incorporation of the ancient fortification tower into the building testify to the need to protect the monastery from pirate attacks, which plagued the island during the Frankish and Venetian periods.  The miraculous icon of Agii Fanentes and the icon of the Virgin Mary Glykofilousas, the so-called "Loutrou ", are located in the new Church of the Virgin Mary in Sami. During the route, the walker will encounter QR information signs at the following points: a) at a central point in Sami (Priamou + Akti Miaouli), b) in Sami (port exit), c) on the road to Antisamos (after Loutro beach), d) on the road to Antisamos (at the viewpoint), e) at the start of the path from Antisamos, f) at the end of the path from Antisamos (where it meets the asphalt road), g) at the parking area of the Monastery of Agii Fanentes in Sami, where the path meets the asphalt road
Location
Kefalonia Island
Coordinates
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Tour 1
In Gerakas
In Gerakas: Vassilikos - View of the marine park - Pίlos (clay) canyon - Gerakas - Vassilikos The walker’s orientation and safety is solely their responsibility. The present report, the relevant tracks (gpx) and the rest of the informational material are just supplementary. The proper equipment is necessary, depending on the weather conditions and the nature of the route.  Route’s type: circular Route’s duration: 1 hour Route’s length: 3,200 metres Level of difficulty: easy Suggested season: all seasons, weather permitting. In summer, you should avoid midday hours. The route: The start of the route is from the statue of D. Roma in Vasiliko and continues westwards along the small asphalt road. After about 200 metres, the walker follows the road to the left (west-southwest). The road is slightly uphill in good condition for hiking and passes through a dense forest of cypresses, pines, etc. Along the way the road becomes dirt, where traces of the old cobblestone road can be seen. The walker reaches the viewpoint where the sea park of Zakynthos opens up in front of him, with the island of Pelouzo dominating the foreground. Then, he or she turns back at the junction and follows the road eastwards towards Gerakas beach. The road remains dirt but with many intense water features. The landscape has changed with lower vegetation and fewer shadows. Going downhill and after a while on the right (south) the imposing landscape of the canyon of Pelos opens up in front of the walker. The route continues on a mild dirt road where the walker reaches the entrance of Gerakas beach with the Environmental Centre. The route ends with the way back to the starting point (statue of D. Roma) through the main asphalt road (which is slightly uphill). The road passes through a beautiful landscape with crops and tourist facilities for the convenience of tourists, since the beach of Gerakas is very popular. The duration of the hike (not including any stops) is not more than an hour. On the island of Zakynthos there are: Citizen Service Centres in the settlements (from north to south): Alykes, Zakynthos Town, Machirado and Pantokrator. Police Station in Katastari and General Police Directorate in Zakynthos Town. A number of private clinics, medical centres and pharmacies, as well as public health structures are located in Zakynthos Town, General Hospital, and Health Centre in Kallithea. Gerakas One of the most beautiful beaches of Zakynthos is, without a doubt, Gerakas beach. It is located 18 km southeast of the town and belongs to the community of Vasilikos. It is a long sandy beach with fine golden sand and crystal clear shallow waters. At its edge there is a cape consisting of clay that gives visitors the opportunity for a thermal mud bath. On the beach of Gerakas there is also the famous canyon of Pelos with exceptional geological formations, reminiscent of Cappadocia. Pelouzo Pelouzo is an uninhabited island in the Ionian Sea in Laganas Bay on the south-eastern coast of Zakynthos. It can be seen from the bay of Gerakas as well as from Daphne beach. It is one nautical mile from the coast and is part of the Zakynthos National Marine Park, which is included in the Natura 2000 programme, as it is a nesting site for the sea turtle caretta caretta. During the summer months, navigation and fishing are prohibited. The island is beautiful, unspoilt, slightly mountainous, with dense vegetation and rocky coasts. On the side directly opposite Daphne beach there is the only beach on the island with fine, light talc-like sand and an old, half-ruined building. On the opposite side the scene changes. The coast is rocky with a beautiful cave. Pelouzo during the Venetian rule belonged to the Catholic Monastery of Agios Frangkiskos and was granted to the monk Angelos Salviatis. There, he built a monastery and a church dedicated to the Virgin Mary of Evangelistria. Later, Pelouzo passed to the ownership of the Komoutou family, where it still belongs today. The Monastery and the Holy Church were bombed by the Germans during World War II and then almost completely destroyed by the earthquake of 1953. Today only some ruins are preserved. Marine National Park The National Marine Park of Zakynthos was established in 1999 and includes the Laganas Bay, on the southern coast of Zakynthos and specifically the marine area that extends from Cape Marathia to the beach of Gerakas, but also Strophades, which are two islets fifty nautical miles south of Zakynthos. The area is part of the Natura 2000 network of protected areas. The National Park of Zakynthos has as its symbol the turtle. The whole protected area presents basic characteristics of the Mediterranean ecosystem, with sandy beaches, cliffs rising from dunes, while on the nearby mainland there are dense pine forests, fertile agricultural areas and areas covered with natural Mediterranean vegetation.  The National Marine Park aims to effectively protect the special fauna that exists in the southern part of the island and to integrate it into the local community. The most important animal species that are being tried to be preserved are the Caretta Caretta sea turtles and the Mediterranean monk seals Monachus Monachus. While the turtles are found throughout the park and choose the southern sandy beaches of Zakynthos for breeding, the seals are usually found in Laganas Bay, but for breeding they prefer the countless caves on the west coast of the island. Apart from the sea turtle and the monk seal, efforts are made to save other animal species in the park, such as migratory birds, phoenicopters, wild dogs and specimens of the pilgrim hornbill, reptiles and amphibians, such as frogs, turtles, iguanas and water snakes, as well as mammals such as the hedgehog and wild rabbits. In the park's sea there are also dolphins with "bottle snouts", of the species Tursiops Truncatus. During the route, the walker will encounter QR information signs at the following points: a) at the start of the route (on the asphalt road, next to the statue of Roma), b) at the first junction to the left (south - southwest), c) at the viewpoint (where the road ends above the sea), d) at the junction to Gerakas beach, e) at the viewpoint of the canyon of Pilos, f) at the start of the dirt road next to the Environmental Centre , g) in the middle of the asphalt road back
Location
Zakynthos
Trekking route
Coordinates
37.70626275 - 20.98824031
Tour 1
Area of Chortata
The area of this site consists of the central and mountainous part of the island of Lefkada (600-1140 m). It is located south-south-east of the villages of Exanthia and Chortata and includes the three main summits and the slopes of the mount Elati. Geologically the area is more or less uniform and is characterized by a dominant limestone substrate which also contributes to the development of an interesting geomorphology (valleys, rocky slopes, cliffs, dolines, etc.) Table-lands of different sizes are also very common in that area and until a few years ago, vineyards, producing the famous traditional red wine, were the predominant agricultural activity in that area. In spite of the fact that the highest mountain of Lefkada island is called Elati (i.e. fir tree in Greek) neither Abies forest nor single Abies trees have been observed there. The dominant vegetation type in this area is phrygana which however could be characterized as a degraded maquis. This situation seem to be the result of both human activities (agriculture, grazing, fires, etc.) and ecological factors (karstic limestones). Source: Natura2000 viewer, European Comission.
Location
Lefkada
Coordinates
38.71623348 - 20.61704454
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Mt. Ainos, Mt. Agia Dynati and Mt. Kalon Oros
Kefalonia is the biggest island in the Ionian region and Mt. Ainos is the highest Ionian mountain with an altitude exceeding 1,600 m. It is a well known mountain, not only due to its altitude but also due to the presence of the famous Abies cephalonica forest which is the main element of the vegetation cover in the highest altitude of this mountain. Abies cephalonica is a Greek endemic species and Mt. Ainos is its "locus classicus". The area of this site consists of three main habitats as follows: a) The Abies forest, very often at moderate altitudes mixed with species of macchie vegetation; b) the rocky slopes which are characterized by looser vegetation but with only a few very important species, and c) the rocky summit and unforested area which houses most of the endemic species of the Kefalonian and Ionian flora. The area of the site has been characterized as a National Park. From a geological point of view, limestones and dolomites constitute the bedrock of Mt. Kalon Oros. The slopes of south and southwest exposure have steep gradients whilst all other slopes are characterized by gentle gradients. The vegetation cover presents a low diversity since it is mainly composed of macchia with the dominant species of Quercus coccifera, Pistacia lentiscus and Arbutus unedo. Macchia vegetation is very dense on eastern and northern exposed slopes, while on the south and southwestern slopes it is very sparse. In higher altitudes up to the peak, rocky grasslands with sparse individuals of Quercus coccifera occur on the west exposed slopes. These areas were cultivated in the past (olive trees, vineyards) but are now abandoned. Source: Natura2000 viewer, European Comission.
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Kefalonia Island
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Cephalonian Fir
Cephalonian Fir Abies cephalonica is a Greek endemic species, growing naturally only in Greece. It was first described as a new species by the English botanist JW Loudon in 1838. This together with its phytogeographical importance were the main reasons Mt.Aenos was declared a National Forest in 1962.
Location
Mt.Ainos (Aenos)
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