Part of our mission at Zelos is to showcase Greek food beyond the clichés, and that goes for our love of Greece as a country, too. One of the less-explored but still fascinating corners of Greece is the Evros Delta National Park, an important European wetland and a magnet for birdwatchers. The river flows through Greece from its source in Bulgaria, and for much of its length marks the border between Greece and Turkey.
Beyond birds, there is a rich wildlife in this region. So many snakes - the nose-horned viper, the sand boa, the cat snake, the grass snake, the dice snake, and the leopard snake, to name just a few! You can find several species of tortoise, terrapins, lizards, the warty newt, yellow-bellied toad, marsh frog, and fire salamander...even the rare (despite its misleading name) common otter. But the Evros Delta is more than just a wetland, with wolves, jackals, and polecats in the area - it is a truly incredible wildlife habitat and worth a visit.
This area is a fascinating destination for a road trip from my hometown of Thessaloniki. You can rent a car and drive through (and stop to eat in!) the towns of Kavala, Xanthi, & Alexandroupoli before reaching the wetlands. Consider an alternative Greek vacation and spend some time exploring this striking region of Thrace and all it has to offer.
Enjoy the delicious taste of PDO Kimi figs from the island of Evia and bring the flavors of a Greek summer to your table. Hand-crafted by Kumilio using traditional techniques with no additives, preservatives, artificial coloring or flavors.