An unexpected find for families on an island largely dedicated to sun worship and ancient ruins, Amazonas Park is located along a scenic drive through olive fields and arid limestone foothills near Kourounes. It is a small, privately funded animal reserve dedicated to conservation of endangered wildlife, with enclosures carefully designed on eco-friendly lines and thatched shelters providing the animals with shade from the sun. Goats, tortoises, monkeys and lemurs compete for attention with gaily colored parrots and macaws, toucans and peacocks; the sanctuary also has a small adventure playground for kids, an aviary full of chirping budgies and even a cute little donkey for toddlers to pat.
At 3rd Km, Neapoli-Kourounes is about 30 minutes inland from Agios Nikolaos. Open daily and admission is €10, concessions for under 16s €6.