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DADIA FOREST HIKING, GREECE

Hosted by the Consul of the Istanbul Trekking & Hiking Group
Sports & Leisure
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Took place 4 weeks 2 days ago
Fri 20 Oct 20:00 - Sun 22 Oct 23:00

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Difficulty Levels:
Trail 1: 2.5 hours of walk / 45 minutes of it slightly downhill / low difficulty with gentle slopes / very pleasant
Trail 2: 4 hours of walk / leads to the “Gibrena” peak, at an altitude of Protected content ., through an uphill route of moderate difficulty / 90 minuts of it descending (back from another trail) / constantly changing landscapes / etremely pleasant
You can pick either one.

Internations is a unique oganization with a great concept. We have decided to celebrate its 10th birthday with a special activity such as hiking at The Dadia Forest National Park located in the center of the “Evros” prefecture along the Northern Turkish~Greece border. It’s geographical position is very important, being at the crossroads of Asia, Europe and Africa and close to the easternmost migration route flyway of many bird species. In the area, Protected content species have been recorded, 25 out of which are orchids. There have also been observed Protected content species, Protected content species, 29 reptile species and Protected content species 24 out of which are bats. Furthermore, the relief such as rocky outcrops, streams and rivers, along with the geological formations and the endemic plants of the area are of great ecological value. In Protected content scientists recognized the importance of the Dadia forest, in Protected content area was declared as protected.

We will have the chance to discover the mysteries of the forest and enjoy its breathtaking landscapes.

First trail will lead to Birds of Prey observatory, where you will have the chance to watch rare vultures and eagles eating in their natural habitat. It will take you about 60 minutes to complete the (half of the route) at a leisurely pace, following old cart roads that pass through the dense forest, whereas clearings and ravines with rich vegetation offer outstanding landscapes. Moreover, you will discover tracks of big and small mammals, while along the trail you may observe Black Storks, Short-toed Eagles, Northern Goshawks and Buzzards flying above the rocks amongst plenty of other birds. The other half of the route takes 45 minutes and the route is slightly downhill. Following the old cart road that used to connect Dadia to the fields near Lyra stream, you will have the chance to enjoy the wildflowers growing in the clearings of the forest and listen to the birds singing all along the way. If you have a sharp eye, you may also spot Chaffinches, Great Tits, Song Thrushes and Woodpeckers flying around.

First half of the second trail takes about 2.5 hours. You will definitely feel rewarded by the constantly changing landscape of Black Pines and Oak trees. Just before reaching the top of the hill you will find the ruins of a Byzantine fortress and you will enjoy the panoramic view to the whole protected area, while watching birds of prey and vultures flying right above you! Second half of the trail leads from the “Gibrena” peak back to the Information Centre and takes about 90 minutes. Following the old trails through the forest, you may spot oaks, hornbeams, strawberry trees, phylireas, tree heaths and a number of other bushes and wildflowers. Following Diavolorema River, which flows from the mountains through the small but fertile land of Dadia, you will reach the fields, at the fringes of the forest, where birds of prey may seek their food. At the end of the route, you will find a small cave, which used to serve as a sheepfold, to end up at “Tsami”, a recreation area, with its famous spring, at the west of the Dadia settlement.

We will also have the chance to visit Soufli, Europe's silk town to learn about secrets of silk, discover culture, food & night life of the lovely neighbour city, Alexandroupoli.

You wouldn't want to miss this ;) Join us for an extraordinary weekend forest experience. Join us for friendship & laughter.

Trip starts at Friday night with crossing the border to sleep over at Alexandroupoli before walk in the morning.
includes transportation+highway fees+2 nights of accom.in a twin room + 2xbreakfast+1xhiker's lunch bag+personal travel insurance (for emergency treatments up to Protected content seat insurance thru bus)+bus treats
We also have got good deals of 1x lunch & 1x dinner for you at very low costs in the city.