Aliki of Naxos is a vast lagoon situated just 2.5 km south of Naxos Town. It is the most extensive and essential coastal wetland in the Cyclades, with respect to biodiversity and the exceptional birds that temporarily or permanently inhabit its waters. Aliki encompasses various habitats, occupying an area of 950 square kilometers, of which 800 square kilometers cover the lagoon, and the remaining 150 square kilometers are peripheral areas that are influenced by it. It lies at the end of the bay of Agios Georgios and is bounded to the west by Stellida hill.
The airport has been built to the east of it, and to the south, it opens into plain fields of crops. Over 120 bird species and 80 plant species have been recorded in this region. Wild birds such as the little ringed plover (Charadrius dubius) and Kentish plover (Charadrius alexandrinus), as well as many migratory birds, live and breed in the lagoon. There are two migratory periods for bird observation, from the end of February until the end of May, and then from the beginning of July until the end of September. Aliki Wetland is a must-visit destination for nature lovers and bird enthusiasts who wish to observe the stunning diversity of avian life in Naxos.
Naxos, South Aegean, Greece