Pindus National Park, also known as Valia Calda, is located in northwestern Greece and is probably the least known and less visited of any other National Park in all of Europe. It was established in 1966 and is considered one of the most important protected areas for the maintenance of mountainous biodiversity.
The National Park is characterized by extensive forests of black pine and beech in the park's lower and middle altitudes and Balkan pine at higher altitudes.
The area hosts a population of Eurasian brown bears which is a conservation priority species. Other mammals that live in the park are wolves, deer, wild cats and the Balkan Chamois.
The park further provides shelter for more than 80 species of birds, including 10 types of rare bird species such as the Eastern imperial eagle, the Golden eagle and the Lanner falcon. A large variety of reptiles, amphibians, and insects, complete the picture.