If there’s one iconic feature Trikala is proud of, it’s the pristine natural landscapes found throughout the region. From Koziakas Mountain and its important part in the Natura 2000 network, to the roaring rivers that rip through deep canyons, coupled with the biggest fir forest in the country, the wildlife habitats provided by these pristine landscapes are of critical importance to a number of species. As you hike through mountain trails or go canyoning, make sure you watch out for bears, wolves, owls, woodcocks, squirrels, foxes, pheasants, rabbits, partridges, deer and other mountain animals.
One of the mountain’s most important ecosystems is located near Tripio Lithari peak. There’s an important spring here called Gourno Spring that flows into a basin frequented by wild boar and deer. All these species are protected, so keep all safety measures in mind for the sake of these beautiful animals and yourself. The Pili area is also an important ecosystem, as it provides vital habitats for a number of wild animals. Wolves, deer and partridges can be found in Ombrava, Lefkes and Paleomantri fir tree forests. Wolves, partridges, foxes, woodcocks, wild boars and jackals all seek refuge in the lush chestnut and fir forests around Ropoto village that provide pristine habitats and vital ecosystems.
The region around Meteora and its monasteries also boasts a number of important habitats that support vital ecosystems. Close to Klinos village, you’ll find another beautiful village called Mantania village. From here you’ll be able to explore pristine Kalogriani Forest. Thick with oak, dogwood, fir, elm and sycamore trees, Kalogriani Forest supports an important ecosystem consisting of wolves, bears, rabbits, thrush and partridges. For another beautiful forest that’s a must-see for all nature lovers, head to Chrisomilia Forest near Chrisomilia village. Foxes, wolves, rabbits and bears find sanctuary in the forest’s thick sycamore, maple, dogwood, fir and oak trees. Another important ecosystem for bears is found at Lalena Forest near Amarantos village.
Pertouli’s ski slope leads you to another important ecosystem in the region. Once the snow melts, the alpine meadows of Pertouliotika Meadows offer visitors a unique experience in a rare habitat for a number of wild animals. Drosohori is equally important to wildlife- Spitaki Forest is lush forest provide excellent refuge for bears and wolves. Ask the locals for directions to a beautiful waterfall in the forest – an important watering spot for local wildlife. Paramero village is worth a visit by any eco-tourist because of the forest nearby. A mountain village, Paramero’s Dalamitros Forest is one of the premiere brown bear habitats in Greece. As you hike through the forest and admire the pristine landscape, you’ll understand why this forest is a place of refuge for bears. Another vital ecosystem is found close to Desi village. Agios Nikolaos Forest near the village will captivate you with its beauty. Beech and fir trees combine to create a lush verdant habitat for wolves as well as bears.
Photo (cover): Thodoris Kliafas