Between the villages of Tigaki and Marmari on the northern coast of the island lies the protected area of the Aliki, or the Alikes salt lake, a destination for nature lovers. The area functioned as a salt production installation until 1989.
The lake is a wildlife refuge and a natural area of great biological value.
Hikers will note the great diversity of flora and fauna, including migratory birds, such as pelicans, aquatic animals like water turtles and water snakes, as well as a habitat for flamingos, ringed plovers, and other birds. The best time to see the flamingos is winter!
The lagoon is filled with fresh water from two torrents as well as with sea water through a duct. During the last years, the entrance of sea water during the summer months has resulted in the retention of water throughout the year.
The area is protected under the Ramsar and Natura conventions