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Top places off the Beaten Path in Macedonia

Macedonia ● 25 December 2016
 

Macedonia (Greece) is a unique place with astonishing natural beauty, rich culture and delicious cuisine. Here, you can visit many villages and natural spots off the beaten path that you probably didn't know and will impress you.

Elatia (Kara Dere) is the only forest in Greece where the Norway spruce dominates. It has been declared a UNESCO protected natural monument for its biodiversity of 1,800 species of flora, 40 kinds of mammals and 130 types of birds.

Another impressive forest is the forest of Frakto, the only virgin forest in Greece and one of the most significant of its kind in Europe. Apart from hiking and scientific research, no other forms of human activity are permitted.

You can also explore the Aggitis Cave, which is considered the largest river cave in the world. The most remarkable thing about that is that this spot is the only accessible of this kind in Greece. Unique natural beauty you will find around the Nestos River and the Platanovrysi and Thisauros Reservoirs where the rich green slopes form small fjords.

Nestos river

If you are interested in the culinary culture of Macedonia (Greece), on the road to Kara Dere, stop in Sidironero where there are mushrooms collectors, who sell many types of mushrooms, such as truffles, porcinis, chanterelles and morels. In the village of Kokkinogia, the local women's cooperative produces sweet and savoury pies, homemade pasta, trahana, sweet preserves and marmalades.

In regard to the culture of Macedonia (Greece), in Petrousa, a theatre built with stones from the Petrousa Gorge hosts concerts and other performances during the summer months. Furthermore, you should visit the Sanctuary of Dionysus in Kali Vrysi, an ancient monument dedicated to the god of wine. In this village, there is also the Babougera Festival, during which locals dress as satyrs with goat masks and bells to cast out evil spirits in a pagan celebration. Another interesting cultural spot is the Folklore Museum in Prosotsani.

With reference to the religious monuments, the Holy Monastery of the Transfiguration of the Saviour (Moni tis Metamorfosis tou Sotiros) in Prasinada is reminiscent of Meteora, only on a smaller scale. The Chapel of Holy Spirit, which is constructed entirely with river stones and is located just before the entrance to the village of Dipotama, is also special. The picturesque Agia Varvara Waterfall is located nearby.

Where to Stay

Hotel in Kastoria, Greece Anastassiou Hotel
Anastassiou Hotel
1st km Nat. Road Kastoria-Athens, 52100 Kastoria, Greece

Anastassiou Hotel is built in the entrance of Kastoria town, within a short driving distance from shops, restaurants and monuments. Vitsi Ski center is a 40-minute drive away. The nearest airport is Thessaloniki International Airport which is 214 km away.

Villa in Kavala, Greece Villa Nickolas
Villa Nickolas
44, Melinas Merkouri Str., Paleo Tsifliki, 65500 Kavala, Greece

Villa Nickolas is located in Palio Tsifliki, Kavala, just a minute's walk from the beautiful beach. The center and port of Kavala is a 15-minute drive away. The Airport of Kavala is a 40-minute drive away.

Hotel in Chalkidiki, Greece Hotel Estelle
Hotel Estelle
Beach of Gerakini, 63100 Chalkidiki, Greece

A family-run hotel Estelle is located just 20 m from the beach in Gerakini village in Chalkidiki. Thessaloniki Airport Makedonia is at 70 km and the center of Thessaloniki is 78 km away.


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