ARCHELON – The Sea Turtle Protection Society

The Sea Turtle Protection Society in Glyfada is one of the first organised rescue centres in the Mediterranean for sick or injured sea turtles. It aims to aid turtles in their recovery and eventual return to their natural environment.

  • ARCHELON – The Sea Turtle Protection Society
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  • ARCHELON – The Sea Turtle Protection Society
    ©Archelon facebook
  • ARCHELON – The Sea Turtle Protection Society
    ©Archelon facebook

In addition to its important role as a rescue and rehabilitation centre for sea turtles, Archelon also aims to create environmental consciousness, especially in kids.

The Protection Centre educates visitors about the marine biology of turtles, their feeding habits and reproduction patterns. It is important to know that of the three species of sea turtles found in Greece, Caretta Caretta hatches exclusively on the coast of Greece. Therefore it is crucial to safeguard these shores.

Kids can be actively involved in marine turtle conservation by adopting a baby turtle and becoming members of the TURTLE network.

The centre runs several volunteering programs. Families can actively participate in ARCHELON Field Projects by helping the team of volunteers in the Peloponnese (Lakonikos BayKoroni) and Crete (RethymnoChania) from June to September. Kids participating in the project must be between 8-18 years old.

A Day in the Athens Riviera

A visit to Archelon can be part of your Athens Riviera family day trip from Athens with Kids Love Greece. The Athens Riviera is full of treasures, and we combined them for you. Besides Archelon, your family will love visiting the nearby Lake Vouliagmeni, a unique natural phenomenon with mysterious caves and cute fish. The Athens Riviera family day trip also includes a visit to the majestic Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounio. Kids will love the myths of the ancients ruins and parents will enjoy the sunset at this Southernmost tip of the Attica peninsula.

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Families should know

  • Call in advance to attend an organized presentation
  • The centre is not suitable for babies or very young children
  • The toilets do not have changing mats for babies
  • Kids cannot be left unattended
  • Kids are not allowed to touch the animals, and they must stay calm and be receptive to guided tours (especially during the busy summer months)
  • There is no organize cafeteria. It is advised to bring your own snacks
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  • Rent high quality baby & toddler travel gear such as car seats, strollers and baby carriers through Baby Traveller, the new family service provider in Greece


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Kids will love

  • The easy access to the tanks and proximity to the animals
  • The collection of turtle souvenirs

Parents will love

  • The simple but effective facilities
  • The gift shop

Best season to visit

  • Open during Spring Spring
  • Open during Summer Summer
  • Open during Autumn Autumn
  • Open during Winter Winter
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Other parents say...

  • The Sea Turtle Protection Society Archelon is a vital centre in this area. Volunteers and others working in the centre are not just treating the sick or injured turtles, but have set up a nationwide protection and information network.

    Nikos V.
  • It’s sad to see these injured animals in the tanks, but it is so wonderful to know that sooner rather than later they will return to the sea thanks to the care provided at the Society.

    Mairi Ps.
  • The presentation offered aims to inform and mobilize the public. However, the ultimate goal is to engage small children and motivate them to protect the environment and all creatures that live in it.

    Valia N.
  • My kids can not wait to be 8 years old so that they join the TURTLE network.

    Katerina M.
  • The facilities of the Protection Society are unique .The Centre is housed in five railway wagons, easy and authentic like the work that is done by the society.

    Voula N.

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