Eco & Geoparks in Greece

National Park in Greece - turtle

 

Geotourism is “best practice” tourism that sustains, or even enhances, the geographical character of a place, such as its culture, environment, heritage, and the well-being of its residents.
National Geographic senior editor Jonathan B. Tourtellot and his wife, Sally Bensusen, coined the term in 1997 in response to requests for a term and concept more encompassing than ecotourism and sustainable tourism.
Geotourism incorporates sustainability principles, but in addition to the do-no-harm ethic, geotourism focuses on the place as a whole.

  • Lesvos Petrified Forest – European and Global Geopark
     
  • Perama Cave Ioannina
    (unfortunately their website is still only in Greek)
  • The Cave of the Lakes
    In the village Kastria of Achaia, 60 km from Tripoli (tunnel at Artemision) and 9 km from Kleitoria, lies the famous “Cave of the Lakes”.
  • The caves of Kythira island
    There are several caves in Kythera, the most important being the Cave of Agia Sofia in Milopotamos. It is 100m long and was first explored in 1955, mapped much later though. It is located on the west part of the island, just outside the village of Milopotamos, connected via paved road through the Castle of Kato Chora.
  • Psiloritis Natural Park
    This mountain is different from the other mountains of Crete. It is narrowide with a few peaks with the highest of all reaching the 2.456 m. Snow covers the main mountain chain almost the whole year through. Between them spread coombs, gorges and table-lands.
  • Vikos Gorge – National Park
    Article by inTravel Magazine
  • Vikos aoos – National Park
     
  • European Geoparks
     
  • Cretaquarium-Thalassocosmos
    This is where your experience exploring the Mediterranean sea world begins. Come face to face with hundreds of species and thousands of living organisms.
    You will find the aquarium in Irakleion, Crete
  • Hellenic Centre for Marine Research
    Hydrobiological Station of Rhodes
    Cos Street, 851 00 Rhodes, Greece
    Tel: +30 22410 27308 – Fax: +30 22410 78321
    Email: hsr@hsr-ncmr.gr
  • The National Marine Park of Zakynthos
    (N.M.P.Z.) is the recently established marine park situated at the southern most part of the island of Zakynthos. The Presidential Decree for the establishment of the N.M.P.Z. was signed on the 1st of December 1999 by the President of the Greek Republic. Within the Marine Park is the most important loggerhead sea turtle Caretta caretta nesting rookery in the Mediterranean, a habitat essential for protection.
  • Askos Stone Park at Volimes on Zakynthos island
     
  • Environmental Centre ARCTUROS
    In 1998 the ARCTUROS’ Environmental Centre was established in Aetos Florina, which originally was founded to provide shelter and care for bears and wolves that were found in a situation of illegal captivity. Nowadays with more than 50.000 visitors per year the Centre has become a focal point for the region and aims in:

 

 

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