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AEGEAN ISLANDS

Cave Selai

In Kasos you should not miss visiting Cave Selai with its impressive stalactites, 2km southwest from the settlement Agia Marina. You can access the cave only by a dirt path. The cave is 30m deep and 8m wide.
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Kasos and the 14 smaller islands and islets around it - the so-called Kasonisia, along with the sea surrounding them – is an area that reaches 15,700 hectares included in the Natura 2000 Network thanks to the great variety of natural habitats. Kasos (as well as Saria of Karpathos) is one of the Important Bird Areas of Europe (IBA), because it is the place where rare birds of prey meet and it constitutes the first station of the migratory birds coming from Africa.
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Flora and Fauna

The island constitutes a shelter for the salamander Mertensiella luschani helverseni, also known as “kochylina” to the locals, which lives only at the complex of Karpathos and Kasos, in Kastellorizo and in the Southwest Minor Asia. According to the Red Book of Threatened Vertebrates of Greece, it is included in the rare species. The south coast of the island constitutes a shelter for the Mediterranean Seal Monachus monachus. The flora of the island is characterized by garrigue and xyrophytes like Sarcopoterium spinosum, Coridothymus capitatus and Genista acanthothamnos, while the native species called Silene holzmanii flourishes and is protected by the Berne Convention and the Greek Law. At the southwest part of Kasos you will find a small area covered with junipers from the species Juniperus phoenicea. Generally, Kasos faces the significant problem of excessive grazing.
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