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Biotopes Nature Park

The Nature Park “BIOTOPES” has the concept of an ecosystem.
Rich and wild vegetation already existed on the hill.
In the Biotopes, visitors encounter the edible plants «chorta», herbs with therapeutic attributes, herbal teas, aromatic plants, decorative flowers from Crete and certain infrequent and threatened types of species of the island.
Between the different plants, lots of animals, like ants, worms, hedgehogs, frogs, turtles, lizards, spiders, scorpions, snakes, birds and butterflies find shelter.
We created an artificial lake which attracts the animals and thus they live around it.
People brought us some tropical animals they kept in the house, like iguanas, chameleons and snakes.
We wanted to put those animals into their own natural biotopes and create for them the entire environment they need.
In the park, the signs provide information of the roughly 220 species of plants and the 50 species of animals.

In the kiosk there are books about Cretan Nature and a variety of natural products, like Cretan herb teas & oils.
Our ambition is to help the children and adults to get closer to nature and realize that way we can find everything we need to live in harmony.
Mother Nature can tell us so many stories, stories of creation, originality, development, competition, survival and finally balance in life.

Note:

Admissions: 5€

For school groups more than 25 students: 3€.

1 Comment

  1. Roger Peach, May 28, 2016 at 21:06

    A not to miss opportunity to enjoy whilst learning, thanks to the dedication and knowledge of the volunteer guides.
    The site may lack the artificial lay out of some larger “nature parks” but it more than makes up for it by being a part of the natural environment.

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