The nature in Greece is of great diversity and it varies greatly
(Photo by V Papadopoulos/Eurokinissi)
About 700-750 plant species, out of more than 6,000 recorded, are original, which means they can be found only within the boundaries of the Greek land. They are widespread relative to the size of Greece, due to the isolation of the numerous mountains and islands.
There is a large number of widespread species relative to the size of Greece, due to the isolation of the numerous mountains and islands. Even though it’s a relatively small land area, Greece contains an astonishing variety of ecosystems: wetlands, old-growth forests, fertile shallows and thousands of islands which contribute to Greece’s biodiversity. Three quarters of the country is mountainous. The mountains, extremely beautiful and full of life, are covered with deep gorgeous forests and give rise to some of the most spectacular views.
Greece also possesses a great amount of wildflowers like anemones, violets, tulips, peonies, narcissuses, partheniums and primroses, many of which are featured in classical poetry and mythology. In fact, Aristotle was the first to try and describe all the plants and animals; in other words, the flora and the fauna, that existed at that time in Greece. Especially for flora, he wrote his book called “Concerning Plants”, which was unfortunately lost over time.
Many pharmaceutical plants and other rare plants and flowers considered botanical treasures flourish in here, with vegetation varying according to altitude. Over 1,700 species of plants have been recorded on Mount Olympus alone which represent 25% of all Greek flora.
Explore Greece and you will not be disappointed. The pictures of true beauty and the charm of Greek nature will become one of your favourite memories to recollect.