Natural landscape – Natura 2000
Halkidiki is an intoxicating combination of blue and green. The biggest part of the natural landscape of Halkidiki (12 regions all over Halkidiki) is protected as Natural Beauty and Biodiversity areas by Natura European Network.
Those areas include forests and wetlands with rare species of flora and fauna. Inside the protected areas, there are paths for mountain biking and walking that cut their way through the forests of pine, oak, fir and chestnut trees. In addition, a variety of other activities like bird watching, canoe, horse riding etc makes Halkidiki home to many earthly paradises for those who love nature.
Halkidiki Tourism Organisation has a strong commitment to preserving and maintaining the region’s environment and heritage.
Natura 2000 is the centerpiece of EU nature & biodiversity policy. The network aims to assure the long-term survival of Europe’s most valuable and threatened species and habitats. It is comprised of Special Areas of Conservation (SAC) and also incorporates Special Protection Areas (SPAs). The protected areas of Natural Beauty and Biodiversity, by the Natura European Network, located in Halkidiki are:
1. Agios Mamas Laguna
2. Nea Fokea Wetland Habitat
3. Paliouri Cape
4. Cape Pyrgos - Kypsas Bay - Malamo
5. Sithonia peninsula
6. Itamos Mount, Sithonia
7. Platanitsi - Sykia: Cape Rigas - Cape Adolo
8. Cape Elia - Cape Kastro - Ragoula Outlet
9. Taxiarchis - Polygyros
10. Holomontas Mount
11. Athos peninsula
12. Stratoniko Mount, Skamni Summit