The nature of Paros
Information on the flora and fauna of Paros
Description of the nature in Paros
Nature’s beauty and attractions will fascinate the visitors of Paros. The climate is temperate and dry, with mild winters and a few rainfalls. In the summer, the etesians cool the environment and bring a balance to the warm summer days. In general, it is pleasant to visit Paros all year long.
The rich flora of Paros reverses the general impression about the dry and infertile Cyclades islands. The climate in Paros favors the development of a rich variety if plants.
From autumn to spring, the vegetation is wild and the visitors can enjoy it, especially if they walk around the island.
The summer visitors do not have the opportunity to admire the exceptional "frames" that are finely created by the Parian nature. However, they can admire the systematic cultivation of grapes, which has been a part of the historic and the cultural inheritance of the Aegean Sea for centuries.
Parian grapes give excellent appellation of origin wines. The cultivation of the blessed olive tree in Paros creates images of olive plantations all around the island. The more ancient olive plantation is located in Lefkes, one of the most beautiful villages of Paros. Of course, the Parians still cultivate wheat yet, not as much as they used to. Therefore, the visitors may witness at the end of May-beginning of June the combine harvesters that replaced the hard manual work process collecting the "golden" seeds.
The wetlands in Paros add chips of natural beauty to the landscape, enrich the flora and create vital spaces for migratory birds. There are many wetlands that receive a large number of birds, which are not only migratory birds. In the wetland habitats of Paros, herons, great egrets and storks become excellent photographic subjects for those who want to capture on paper the beauty of nature.
Paros is a meeting point of about 200 bird species. Some of those live permanently on the island, other come here only for a few months (from spring to summer) and some only come during the migration period. More particularly, in Paros there are seabirds (yellow-legged gull, Auduin’s gull, Great cormorant etc.), birds of prey (Eleonora’s falcon, raven, long-legged buzzard), passeriformes (nightingale, swallow, sparrow, throstle, wagtail etc.) and of course domestic birds that are also part of the Parian cuisine.