About Nature & Flora in Kos

Part of the Natura network, Kos boasts important wetlands and vital ecosystems as well as stunning mountains.

A unique juniper and cedar-tree forest covers rolling sand dunes near one of Kos’ most beautiful beaches, Paradiso, in Kefalos Bay on the island’s western coast. Make it a point to seek out the formidable root systems that are visible on occasion – they play a crucial part in protecting the coast from erosion by stabilizing the sand dunes. As the Aegean is one of the areas which might be affected by erosion, this very unique ecosystem performs a vital role for the future of Kos and its inhabitants.

The Natura network on the island entails three areas, Lake Psalidi, the Aliki wetlands and Mount Dikaio. Fresh-water Lake Psalidi is an important stop and breeding ground for migratory birds including rare ducks and flamingoes. You’ll also find turtles here, along with a number of endangered species of birds and well-organized observation posts and an educational center as part of the local municipality’s efforts to make Kos an eco-tourism destination. Afterwards, take the time to explore the forest by the lake.

The Aliki wetlands in Tingaki are less organized, but nevertheless provide migratory birds an ideal ecosystem. Kos’ plans in the area include a study of the wetlands, further protection and the banning of all road traffic.

Dikaio Mountain and its forests are also important ecosystems, and perfect if you’re a hiker. Trek up and through the lush forest to watch for eagles and falcons – and keep an eye out for sulphur pools, vestiges of Kos’ volcanic past.

Photos: Sophia Karagianni

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