Nature/Flora in Ionian Islands


Standing at 1600 meters, Ainos is the tallest mountain in the islands of the Ionian and constitutes the smallest National Forest in Greece. The thick forest of Kefallonian firs is a one-of-a-kind natural phenomenon and supports a vital eco-system.
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In the southern region of Corfu you’ll find Arkoudila forest with beautiful cypress trees. It’s an important ecosystem with significant biodiversity.
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Another breathtaking area that’s a must-see for nature-lovers is Dimosari Canyon. Gushing waterfalls pool into exotic lagoons shaded by moss-draped oaks. This is a perfect swimming spot if you’re hiking in the summer, although the waterfalls and thick forest keep the temperatures comfortable. Take a break and drink some spring water – the locals swear it’s the best drinking water in the region.
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One of the most unique features of this beautiful island is the lagoon that’s located literally in the middle of town. Despite the noise from nearby traffic, birds adapted well and have made Gira Lagoon a favorite migratory stop, which makes for interesting birdwatching.
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Hytra Islet – a stunning experience. Hydra islet is an experience that will remain indelible in your heart and mind. Off the coast of Kapsali, this islet offers a tapestry of sempreviva flowers – the island’s mascot.
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Another important spot for birdwatchers and hikers alike is Karavomilou Lake near Sami, where there are many ducks and the edge of the lake gives the illusion of merging with the sea.
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Another ideal location for walkers, cyclists and joggers who want to combine a sports-high with an eco-activity is Koutavos Lagoon.
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If you’re looking for fairy-tale beauty, explore this enchanting gorge. Just follow the river as it winds through ancient oak, plane and elm trees skirted by wild rosebushes.
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Located up in the river-crossed mountains of Lefkada, this forest is made up of centuries’ old moss-draped trees, along with a very rare type of oak which can only be found in Lefkada and in a handful of other forests in Europe.
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