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ECOLOGICAL-SIGHTSEEING CENTER OF KERKINI-BELLES

ECOLOGICAL-SIGHTSEEING CENTER OF KERKINI-BELLES

The ecological- sightseeing center of the Kerkini-Belles area, Oikoperigitis, is a private initiative which aims at raising environmental awareness through a number of outdoor activities. Some of the activities in the Lake Kerkini are: 4x4 jeep tour, canoe or boat tour, camping for children, archery, rappel, cycling around the lake...

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BIRDWATCHING

BIRDWATCHING

The beautiful lake Kerkini and the surrounding areas, are some of the most popular birdwatching sites in Greece. The lake, along with rivers, canals, swamps, flooded fields/ cropland and highland natural habitats that surround it, is rich in bird fauna. A 1-week trip, especially during spring, gives birdwatchers the opportunity to observe more than 200 bird species.

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PHOTO TOUR

PHOTO TOUR

We are organizing photography field trips, providing you transportation and a guide-photographer. We are approaching specifically designated areas each season, so you can take close up photos of whatever interests you.

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TREKKING - HIKING

TREKKING - HIKING

Lake Kerkini and the nearby mountains, offer countless routes which are suitable for trekking and hiking.

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BOAT TOUR

BOAT TOUR

Oikoperiigitis runs regular boat tours which give the visitor the opportunity to admire the incomparable beauty of Lake Kerkini, learn about the flora and fauna as well as the history of the area. The boats used for the boat tours (locally known as “plaves”) are the typical traditional boats of Lake Kerkini. They are much bigger than the fishing boats and they can hold up to 18 people.

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CANOE TOUR

CANOE TOUR

It is the most gentle and discrete means of visiting the natural reserve here, in lake Kerkini, and it is the way in which we first started touring the area. It is only when you are on a canoe that you can hear the birds at dawn.

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4x4 TOUR

4x4 TOUR

We provide 4 Land Rover Defender 110, with 7 seats. They are possibly the only vehicles appropriate for the challenges of the area. In winter they can get you through rutty trails in order for you to discover the secrets of the woods. Our entry is always discrete and quiet to avoid breaking the stillness of the landscape.

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BIKE TOUR

BIKE TOUR

In our tour center, there are 50 mountain bikes available. We also provide all the safety equipment needed for a bike tour. You can find helmets in various sizes for people of any age and especially for children. The trails around the lake are flat, so bikes are the ideal means for a pleasant tour around the area.

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CAMPING

CAMPING

Living in nature, in the wood, near the lake is an absolutely unique experience.

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ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAMS FOR SCHOOL AND GROUPS

ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAMS FOR SCHOOL AND GROUPS

The ecological- sightseeing center of the Kerkini-Belles area, stamped with the “Oikoperiigitis” mark, is the first environmental education and awareness center. We started back in 1995 with few occasional individual visitors. In 1997 we welcomed the first group of schools with about a hundred students. Since then, we have had the pleasure to host thousands of children, wishing, that their love for nature will soon lead them back to our place.

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VOLUNTEER PROGRAMS

VOLUNTEER PROGRAMS

Oikoperigitis has always been commited to the conservation of the unique ecosystem of the National Park of Lake Kerkini. For about 8 years, the center has sponsored the tours throughout the volunteer program.

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