Gallikos River estuary and Kalochori Lagoon

Central Macedonia  >  Greece

This coastal delta, with salt and freshwater marshes and lagoons is part of Axios Delta National Park. Many birds all year round and a great place for birding.

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Most recent update 5 July 2020


Gallikos river estuary is an important area for breeding, passage and wintering waterbirds and other passage migrants. Together with the adjoining Kalochori Lagoon it's part of Axio Delta National Park and one of the best spots for birdwatching in Greece. At Gallikos and Kalochori you can see Dalmatian Pelican, Great White Pelican, Greater Flamingo, Little Tern, Gull-billed Tern, Collared Pratincole, Avocet, Black-winged Stilt, Kentish Plover as well as Eastern Olivaceous Warbler, Greater Spotted Eagle, Long-legged Buzzard and Osprey. And many more interesting birds, see the list below.



Kalochori Lagoon is the northern gate of the Axios Delta National Park and is just 8 km away from the city of Thessaloniki. Visitors can visit the natural area by car or with a bus from Thessaloniki. Take bus no 40 which starts every half an hour from behind the train station of Thessaloniki. Don’t be discouraged by the rather ugly industrial scenery you will see until you get there. If you want to visit the Kalochori lagoon get off at “Miltiadou” stop and continue straight to the Kerkyras Park.

Begin your tour from the Kalochori lagoon and the 1 km walking trail from the Kerkyras Park and connects the village of Kalochori with the sea.

Terrain and Habitat

Wetland , Mud flats , River , Sea


Flat , Open landscape

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit

Spring , Spring migration , Autumn migration


Paved road , Unpaved road , Wide path , Narrow trail

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by

Foot , Bicycle , Car

Birdwatching hide / platform


Extra info

The Axios Delta National Park is a haven for wildlife and a dream for birders. In a wetland complex of 340 square kilometers, the deltas of the rivers Axios and Aliakmon, the estuaries of the Gallikos and Loudias rivers, and the wetlands of Nea Agathoupoli and Alyki Kitrous create a broad biodiversity. A great variety of mammals, reptiles, amphibians and, very notably, more than 300 species of birds.


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