Strofylia (Koukounaries) Lagoon

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Strofylia (Koukounaries) Lagoon

Koukounaries lake or Lake Strofilia is a typical lagoon located 7.4 km west of Skiathos Town, behind the famous and highly tourist Koukounaries beach. Strofilia communicates with the sea through a natural, narrow and often drained canal, situated on the east side of the forest. The lagoon’s surface is almost at the same level as the sea level. The lagoon covers an area of 350 hectares and is part of the European Ecological Network Natura 2000. The water’s salinity varies and depends on the salt inputs from sea and rain. Therefore, the vegetation in freshwater to brackish water consists mainly of reeds and tamarisk trees, and in saltier waters of cistus, myrtles, sea lily and a variety of marine fauna. The lagoon offers shelter to migratory birds which stop here to rest and breed in winter and spring. It is visited by several rare birds including herons, moorhens, cormorants, flamingos, wild geese, water turtles, etc.

The beauty of the wetland and the rare birds you can find there compose one of the most impressive images that you will see during your stay in Skiathos. It is one of the island’s main attractions and a place you should visit if you are a nature lover. Apart from an important wetland for Skiathos Island, Strofilia Lagoon and the surrounding area is a wildlife refuge, a monument of nature, and a cradle of civilization. The forest with its characteristic pine trees in the western part and the Pinus halepensis in the eastern part, is one of three forests of this type in Greece. It stretches over a sandy area with dunes, between the sea and the wetland, with Lake Strofilia being the most interesting part.

The wetland attracts visitors all year-round, and is protected by the Municipality of Skiathos and International Treatments. You can approach the lagoon by the road at the east end of the beach, where there is plenty of parking. It is a nice place to visit, walk and watch the different species of birds. The route offers a pleasant and very mild hiking experience around the lagoon of Strofilia. It combines the unique beauty of the Aesthetic Forest of Koukounaries with the gorgeous beach and the impressive wetland. A visit to Strofilia lagoon can be perfectly combined with a refreshing swim in the neighboring beach of Koukounaries which is just 200 meters away.