Thanks to the considerable alternation in its ecological conditions – ranging from agricultural crops and fields to salty ground, marshes and dunes – the Axios Delta is an ideal biotope for many species of wild animals and birds. Almost 300 kinds of birds take refuge here, like Stone-curlew, Greater Flamingo, Dalmatian Pelican, Pygmy Cormorant, Avocet, Glossy Ibis and Collared Pratincole.
The 26 km route you see on the map is possible to drive with all kind of cars. We had a lot of nice observations along this route. The path begins at in the north for 6 km before you arrive on the sea. After that you have the sea on the right side and to the left the lagoon. Birds are everywhere.
There are two possibilities to arrive. One part from the village Kalochori and the other leaves the north by the Thessaloniki Athene highway at the Chalastra exit. The route can be done by car, but also by bike or on foot.
Terrain and HabitatRiver, Wetland, Scattered trees and bushes, Agriculture, Sea, Reedbeds
ConditionsFlat, Dusty, Swampy, No shadow
Is a telescope useful?Can be useful
Good birding seasonAll year round
Best time to visitWinter, Spring migration, Autumn migration
Difficulty walking trailEasy
Accessible byFoot, Bicycle, Wheelchair
Birdwatching hide / platformYes
The Axios Delta is of worldwide ornithological importance, as considerable populations of rare birds stop, nest or overwinter here. These species include Dalmatian Pelican, Black-tailed Godwit, Black-crowned Night-Heron, Squacco Heron, Collared Pratincole, Mediterranean Gull, Pygmy Cormorant and Kentish Plover. Given its location on one of the main migratory routes in Europe, thousands of water birds stop in this wetland during the migration season in order to feed, while important numbers of waterbirds at a European level gather here during the winter. A total of 299 species of birds have been documented in this area – that is, 66% of all bird species observed to present in Greece, and of these 106 nest here.
Lagoon Galikos and lagon Kalochori and delta Aliakmonas.