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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 Hotel Anessis
Hotel Anessis
20, 26th October Str., 54627 Thessaloniki, Greece

Centrally located in Thessaloniki City, Hotel Anessis is within a 10-minute walk from the historic part of the city, Ladadika and from Aristotelous Square. The train station is at 700 m and Thessaloniki Airport Makedonia is 18 km away.

Hotel in Drama, Greece Diamond City Living
Diamond City Living
14, Andrianoupoleos Str., 66100 Drama, Greece

Diamond City Living is set in a central location in the city of Drama close to shops and restaurants. The National Airport of Kavala is 80 km away.

Hotel in Chalkidiki, Greece Panorama Spa Hotel
Panorama Spa Hotel
Ouranoupoli, 63075 Chalkidiki, Greece

Panorama Spa Hotel is located in the beautiful village of Ouranoupolis, just a 5-minute walk from the beach. The port, where boats depart for Mount Athos is a 15-minute walk away. Thessaloniki Airport is 116 km away.


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