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 HabitatWetland, Mud flats, River, Sea
ConditionsFlat, Open landscape
Is a telescope useful?Can be useful
Good birding seasonAll year round
Best time to visitSpring, Spring migration, Autumn migration
RoutePaved road, Unpaved road, Wide path, Narrow trail
Difficulty walking trailEasy
Accessible byFoot, Bicycle, Car
Birdwatching hide / platformNo
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.