Botanical Park Of Crete
Botanical Park Of Crete, Nature At Its Best!
Nature has blessed the soil of Crete, creating a climate that probably, does not exist anywhere else. If that 'sounds' as an exaggeration, then, you only have to visit the Botanical Park and Gardens of Crete, to see on your own how fruit trees, herbs, medicinal and ornamental plants can grow all together in a park, different form the others. The terrain of the Park and the microclimate of the area makes it a haven for hundreds of plants and animals!
The Botanical Park is located just 18 kilometers outside the city, at the foot of the White Mountains. Shortly after Fournes village and before the village Laki, a sign will show you the direction to the Botanical Park.
The climate has contributed to the creation of a very rich flora, with different ecosystems that comprise a set of rare diversity. The Botanical park of Crete is the only park - garden in Europe, that hosts fruit trees and herbs. It is also unique in the world for its great biodiversity, There are over 150 different types of fruit trees from around the world, dozens of different herbs - spices and medicinal plants and also hundreds of different ornamental plants.
People who visit the park, live a unique adventure .... An adventure that lasts one to two hours, followed by incredible trails of natural beauty. This route enables the visitor to experience the many different plants and trees that grow on two hundred square kilometers of researched planted slope.
The green landscape is completed by the lake at the bottom of the park, offering shelter and protection to ducks, geese and other aquatic birds (including rare species) and even hawks flying in the area. Also, the park has an outdoor, stone atmospheric amphitheater suitable for small (up to about 250 people) events.
During the summer months, the best time to schedule your visit to the Park is early in the morning so it is not too warm. Also, you have the opportunity to complete your experience with an excellent meal in the complex's restaurant.
The BOTANICAL PARK & GARDENS OF CRETE restaurant is certified with the" Cretan cuisine quality brand. The restaurant offers authentic local dishes in a la carte menu. Relax in the balconies of the restaurant, enjoying the hospitality, the magnificent views, the fresh food from the vegetable garden, with herbs and fruits of the park.