This remarkable 15,000 acre large lagoon is home to numerous species, including the Pink Flamingo and a large population of Mediterranean turtles, chiefly owing to the food it produces for them. Five kilometers east of Kitrous beach there’s a alinas Beach is a salt production facility that produces up to 40,000 tons per year from March to October. In the area near the salt marsh is a wetland of international importance with rare birds. In the lagoon one can find the sea lily plant (Pancratium maritimum), a specially adapted species, and until 1989 the area was the nestng ground of the Mediterranean Gull (Larus melanocephalus), whose numbers have now significantly dropped. Alyki Kitrous is part of the European ecological Natura 2000 network.