Go for fascinating Kerkini!
Pelican gathering at the mouth of River Strymonas flowing into Lake Kerkini ©μ2
Birdwatching, boat trip and picnic in a impressive landscape
Situated a mere 120 klm away from Thessaloniki, Kerkini Lake with it’s fascinating landscape, has become one of the most beloved birding and naturalist destinations in Europe, with a year-round interest for rare species peaking of course in spring.
The riparian forest of Strymonas river estuary, hosts one of the largest mixed heron colonies in Greece with Great White and Little Egrets, Night, Squaco and Grey Herons, Cormorants and Pygmy Cormorants, Glossy Ibises and Spoonbills. Furthermore the Lake hosts a large Dalmatian Pelican colony and a growing White Pelican colony.
During winter, and starting as early as mid October, the lake is a regular stop-over site for Lesser White-fronted geese, Spotted Eagles and thousands of Pochards.
But the area is much more than a wetland! In the surrounding farmland and foothills there are four species of Shrikes, as well as Bee-eaters, Rollers, Lesser spotted eagles, Black Storks, Golden Eagle, Levant Sparrowhawk, Black kite and Bonelli’s Eagle.
Price: 280 for 1-3 persons
400 for 4-6 persons
Duration: 12 – 14 hours
all year round upon request
Transportation to and from the wetland, boat trip (app. 2 hours), english speaking bird guiding and use of telescope, light picnic on the spot, bird list sent to you via e-mail.
Take with you a hat, sunscreen and preferably also insect repellent.
Send us your bird wish list and we will adapt our itinerary to best suit your needs, The area offers excellent photo opportunities for various species.
7:30 Departure from Thessaloniki
9:00 Arrival at Kerkini Lake
11:30 Visit at Information Center
12:00 Boat trip
14:30 Light lunch
20:00 Return at the city
*indicative schedule, subject to changes according to season and wish list