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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

Appartment in Chalkidiki, Greece Armonia
Armonia
13, Filippou & Kariotaki Str., Nea Moudania, 63200 Chalkidiki, Greece

Centrally located in Nea Moudania in Chalkidiki, Armonia is within 8 minutes walk from the beach and it offers budget accommodation in rooms with a balcony in a great location. Many shops, supermarkets, cafes, banks, restaurants are conveniently located within a very short walking distance. Nea Moudania is 60 km away from Thessaloniki and 50 km from Thessaloniki Airport Makedonia.

Studio & Appartment in Chalkidiki, Greece Pension Antonakis
Pension Antonakis
Ouranoupolis, 63075 Chalkidiki, Greece

Pension Antonakis is located in Ouranoupolis, just a minute's walk from the beach. Ouranoupolis port where you can take a boat to visit Mount Athos or Ammoulliani island is a 6-minute walk away. Thessaloniki Airport is 117 km away.

Hostel in Litochoro, Greece Summit Zero Hostel
Summit Zero Hostel
Gritsa, 60200 Litochoro, Greece

Summit Zero Hostel is built right by the beach of Gritsa and close to the Mount Olympos. The picturesque village of Litochoro is approximately a 15-minute drive away.


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