Ecological Tourism In Greece

Ecological tourism, is the travel and tourism activity to natural and/or protected areas. Ecotourism is mostly low scale and aims in educating the traveler while directly it provides economic benefits to the local communities. It appeals to socially conscious travelers and focuses on new ways to live on the planet. In most cases, it takes place in areas of rich flora, fauna and cultural heritage.

Ecological tourism, is the travel and tourism activity to natural and/or protected areas. Ecotourism is mostly low scale and aims in educating the traveler while directly it provides economic benefits to the local communities. It appeals to socially conscious travelers and focuses on new ways to live on the planet. In most cases, it takes place in areas of rich flora, fauna and cultural heritage.

From the untamed mountains of Epiros and picturesque Macedonia to the dramatic gorges of Crete, Greece presents a wide spectrum of natural beauty and unusual animal life to the nature-seeking tourists. With its landscape on the mainland alternating with high mountains, valleys, lakes, broad deltas and coastal lagoons, its diversity in fauna and flora, and with its more than 2,000 islands, Greece is a paradise for ecological tourism.

In the flat and semi-mountainous area important hydro-biospheres are developing a great international significance and acknowledgement. Hotspots for thousands of resident and migratory bird species, amphibian species, endemic populations of invertebrates and fish, buffalo, reptiles and a great variety of insects, the hydro-biospheres are pieces in a more complex mosaic that includes wetlands, dry meadows, hedges, small bush forests and rural landscape.

In recognition of the area's significance, biological stations have been constructed and used by host students, scientists and visiting researchers as well as conferences and volunteer activities. Various programs are in place to finance the refurbishment of local traditional buildings serving for accommodations and meetings, mostly operated by women's cooperatives. The basic infrastructure in place has given incentives to private entrepreneurs to provide food, accommodation and other services, and attract public investments oriented towards ecological tourism.

All activities available to an eco tourist either improve the local environment, or do not negatively impact the environment in any way. Archaeology is a huge draw for visitors to Greece. Eco tourists get to visit ancient areas, and help unearth secrets from the past, all while exploring a beautiful area. Taking in local sites such as birdwatching or observing flora is another popular eco tourist experience. How eco tourists differ from other tourists is that oftentimes they volunteer to clean up a wildlife or botanical area. This helps keep it pristine and available for more visitors to enjoy in the future. Hiking is another popular pastime for eco tourists in Greece. Greece is full of trails that criss-cross throughout the country. Many eco tourists keep the paths walkable as they travel along and clear brush, or pick up debris left by other hikers.

Following Greece's accession in 1975 to the Ramsar treaty, preserving and protecting the wild has become a most popular item on the Greek government's agenda.
The successful combination of ecological tourism and conservation at the natural habitats in Greece serves as models for other important natural areas in the Balkans and the Eastern Mediterranean.

Suggested Places:

In mainland of Greece there many fantastic places for ecological tourism such as Ioannina, Preveza, Drama, Chania, Heraklio, Messinia, Magnissia. As for the islands, Alonissos, Zakynthos, Kefalonia, Samos, Samothraki, Rodos, Chios, Kalymnos.