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In the forest of Dadia, Thrace, Greece!

A few days ago I was lucky to spend a weekend in the forest of Dadia, in Evros, a totally unique place! It is located about four hours away from Thessaloniki. The trip is easy to make as the road is new and we had reached our destination early in the afternoon! The place is magical to those who love nature. The Dadia Forest is one of Europe's most important habitats, protective home to many species of predatory birds.

We chose the hotel Dadia Forest Inn for our accommodation. Its location right next to the offices of the Management Body of Dadia-Lefkimi-Soufli Forest National Park is very convenient.

The hotel is newly renovated, with excellent rooms overlooking the woods. We relaxed in the warmth of our room and remembered what it feels like to wake up in nature!

We rested fully and the next day we enjoyed a hearty breakfast and the first coffee of the day, overlooking the lush green landscape. Then we headed to the building of the Management Body of the National Park forest of Dadia-Lefkimi-Soufli where we had the opportunity to tour an exhibition, entitled the Forest of Dadia. Afterwards we watched a video teaching us many interesting things about the habitat and the species of raptors that it hosts!

The rest of our tour was even better! We arranged to go by a small minibus to the bird observatory in the heart of the forest for a small fare. The ride was beautiful and short. The van left us at a certain point in the woods and from there we continued on foot. Reaching the observatory was a short walk and my very first time of bird watching that I was truly looking forward to!

On that particular day the forest happened to be full of birds of prey, so I enjoyed with binoculars a unique spectacle!

I experienced for a while the magical world of birds of prey, a mysterious world with its own rules and charm! The show was incredible! For those who have not yet tried out bird watching, I recommend they do so at least for once in their lives, to live an experience not that often presented to modern man.

The walk to the observatory was eventually over and we returned to our hotel! In the afternoon we tried out the local cuisine in a nearby restaurant and in the evening we enjoyed a peaceful and restful night's sleep! The next morning it was time to leave already.

I said goodbye to the Forest of Dadia, with the promise that I will return sometime soon certain in my mind that only nature fulfills someone completely!



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Maria Athanssopoulos was born in the city of Tripoli, Greece, 1968. She has worked as a lawyer for almost 20 years. She writes interesting articles and takes photographs from the places she visits, since 2009. She run her own travel related web pages. She likes exploring new places and new cultures. She loves writing about her travel experiences. She also loves the art of photography. She has travelled almost all over Europe, but also in Turkey. Her plans for the future are to visit a lot more countries. Stay tuned!

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