Delta Nestos, Vistonida and Ismarida Lakes

On the northern coasts of the Thracian Sea between the boundaries of prefectures of Macedonia and Thrace is located one of the most important wetlands in Greece. It includes the Nestos Delta, Vistonida Lake, Lake Ismarida and a dozen of lagoons. This huge protected area is designated as part of the Natura 2000 Network, as Specially Protected Area and also protected by the Ramsar Convention.

In the complex system of lagoons and marshes of Vistonida Lake, flow the fresh water of the rivers Kosynthos and Kompsatos, while the south part of the estuary is brackish due to the inflow of the Thracian Sea.  Due to its great ecological value the area turned to be a very popular focal point of ecotourism development.

The most important wildlife reserves are Vistonida Lake, Porto Lagos lagoon and the Nestos Delta as they are home for many species of birds which nest, winter or pass during their emigration. The avifauna includes considerable populations of herons, flamingos, swans, ducks, geese shearwaters, ibises, storks, grebes, cormorants, seagull etc. During winter many bird species find refuge here. The most characteristic creature of Nestos riparian forest is the rare Ring-necked pheasant.

Apart from birds many mammal species live in the Delta, including the deer, the jackal and the otter. There is also an important assemblage of reptiles, such as tortoises, lizards and snakes. In the waters of the wetlands and the rivers nourish many species of fish.

What to do and see

Discover the Kotza Orman riparian forest which is unique in whole Europe and composes an ideal habitat for many species, including the wolf, the fox, the jackal, the hare, the squirrel, and the otter.

The Old Town of Xanthi with the Byzantine Castle, the Old Market, the mansions, the mosque, the Poumakochoria and tobacco warehouses are just some of the attractions near the city.

Solo & Group Travel

Visit to Culture Treasures

Exploring Cultural & Natural Treasure

Take part in an exciting journey exploring Greece's rich wildlife and impressive culture. You will be based in a single good quality hotel, and will take daily field trips to National Parks and cultural sites. This expedition takes places within the five National Parks of Epirus Region, renowned for landscapes of exceptonal beauty and marvellous variety of fauna and flora. The region’s fascinating ancient, historical and religious heritage will not be forgotten...Read more...

Marine wildlife surveys

Summer Adventures

An excellent opportunity for those wishing to spend a week observing marine wildlife, while meeting the daily challenges of living on a sailing vessel. You have the opportunity to become one of the crew and learn the traditional skills and tasks of a sailor including keeping watches, setting sails, steering, navigation and more. You will participate in wildlife surveys around the waters of the Ionian Islands, focusing on Short-beaked Common Dolphin...Read more...

Birdwatching in protected areas

Wildlife Expeditions

Explore the wildlife of some of the most pristine National Parks of Northern Greece, outstanding areas that are excellent destinations for bird, wildflower, butterfly and photography enthusiasts or for those who simply wish to unwind in the tranquillity of nature. This trip is for those who want to discover few of the region's best wildlife hotspots observing rare and endangered species, feel the insights of Thessaloniki long history and cosmopolitan life, and visit distinctive archaeological... Read more...

Volunteer & Education

Protected Areas Management

Protected Areas

Experience a truly rewarding Protected Area Management programme in the pristine National Parks of the Epirus Region. Working closely with Park’s staff and inspiring environmentalists, volunteers undertake various field work and office duties to assist in the implementation of the Parks’ day-to-day Management and conservation efforts. .. Read more...

Wildlife Surveys in Tzoumerka National Park

Wildlife Surveys

Participate in the monitoring and research of National Parks' abudant wildlife.In this project volunteers will be involved with the monitoring and research of the Parks’ rich wildlife. You will be working together with the Parks’ personell and other highly experienced scientists and you will learn a range of skills from those focused on research... Read more...

Monk Seal Pup

Autumn Eco-Navigation

An excellent opportunity for those wishing to engage in marine conservation projects and marine wildlife surveys while living and working on a sailing vessel. As a volunteer you will become one of the crew and learn the traditional skills and tasks of a sailor including keeping watches, setting sails, steering, navigation, galley cooking duties, and vessel upkeep. You will participate in wildlife surveys ... Read more...

Butterfly on a wildflower

Nature Guides/Ecotourism

This is a great opportunity for those wishing to gain intense experience, knowledge and skills as Nature Guides and amateur nature & wildlife photographers. This intern programme offers the best in theoretical teaching and hands-on information and experience for participants who are keen to establish themselves as a professional Nature Guide or for the adventurous type wanting to gain ... Read more...

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