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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 Thessaloniki, Greece Nouvelle Hotel
Nouvelle Hotel
7km Thessaloniki - Oraiokastro, 57013 Thessaloniki, Greece

Nouvelle Hotel is located in Oraiokastro, just 8 km away from the centre of Thessaloniki. Thessaloniki International Airport is 28.9 km away. The port of Thessaloniki is approximately a 20-minute drive away.

Hotel in Platamonas, Greece Hotel Lego
Hotel Lego
84, Egnatias Str., 60065 Platamonas, Greece

Set at the foot of Mountain Olympus, Hotel Lego is located in the coastal town of Platamonas, just a 15-minute walk from the long Platamonas beach. The archaeological site of Dion is 30 km away from the hotel and the traditional village of Palei Poroi is only a 10-minute drive. Katerini town is at 40 km, while Thessaloniki is 110 km away.

Hotel in Chalkidiki, Greece Hotel Aeollos
Hotel Aeollos
Pefkohori, 63085 Chalkidiki, Greece

Hotel Aeollos is located in popular Pefkohori village, just 50 m from the long, sandy beach. The lively resort of Polichrono is 8 km away from Pefkohori. Thessaloniki Airport Makedonia is at 95 km, while the center of Thessaloniki is at 105 km.


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