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Aggitis Gorge

The sheer, nearly smooth 50-70 meter slopes of the Aggitis Gorge are a canyoneer’s dream. Considered by locals to have been hewn by Philip II of Macedon, the limestone ravine was more likely the result of seismic shifts between the Paggeo and Menikon mountains. Whatever the reason, this 15-kilometer river gorge offers untold opportunities for rappelling and canyoning as close to nature as one can get. The railway line passes by the village of Symvoli at the entrance to the gorge, making it easy to get to or be whisked away after a long day and tired muscles. The canyon is open year-round.

Ai Yannis Beach

Embraced by verdant seaside hills and very close to Makryialos, this gold sand beach is peaceful and picturesque.

Aliki Kitrous Beach

A natural one kimoleter long harbour where sailors and fishermen leave their boats. Also neighboring an internationally well known wetland.

Bird Watching on Lake Kerkini

One of the the top bird sites for birdwatching in all of Greece, Lake Kerkini is an extremely important area for the passage, wintering and breeding of both waterfowl and raptors as well as for the breeding of migratory songbirds.

Blue Zina Cave, Petropigi

Located 30 km west of Xanthi. There are three main climbing sectors of this cave. 1. Old sector, 2. Blue Zina Cave, 3. The Temple. There are also 40 plus routes to choose from which are 30-60 meters long and 2 trails to access the cave.

Bougatinas Mountain Refuge, Proti

Along national hiking Route 04, the mountain-climbing shelter, run by the Serres branch of the Hellenic Alpine Club (EOS), sits at an altitude of 1956 metres on Mt Pangeo.

Gritsa Beach

Litochori’s beach, near the archaeological site of Dion. An ideal spot for small boats.

Kalyvia Varikou

A picturesque shallow water beach ideal for young children, with pebbles and sand, at the foot of Mount Olympus. Several organized camping sites can be found there, while if you’re looking for privacy you can head to one of the little shores to the north and south of the coast.

Katerini beach

A lively, busy seaside venue with a long, wide sandy beach decked out with all the necessary water sports and sunbathing facilities, a marina for small boats and a wide choice of bars and clubs for nightlovers.

Kerkini Wetland Information Center, Kerkini

Make a quick stop here to learn how the lake was created and what is being done to preserve and protect it for future generations. Using traditional boats called ‘plaves’, visitors can experience the beauty of the water on the lake at a safe distance from the birds, enjoying the wet forest and birdwatching at the same time, all year round.

Korinos Beach

A kilometers-long, seemingly endless shore that borders ancient Macedonian tombs. There are several accommodations, cafes and tavernas along the shore.

Kosinthos River

The Kosinthos river is also part of the Xanthi landscape, with stone bridges and intriguing pathways between villages and forgotten spots. Visit Halil’s watermill – one of the few that still exist today – to travel back through time.

Lake Kerkini Center for Ecotourism, Lithotopos

This is the place to go to learn what options for excursions there are on or around the lake. Also exhibits samples of plant life, insects, fowl and fauna in a mini museum.

Lake Vistonis

In the southeast area of Xanthi lies Porto Lagos, famous for its Lake Vistonis. Every year, Ecologists assemble from all over the world to experience over 260 species of wild birds, who mostly migrate to the region during the winter season. A great show of aquatic birds and herons can be enjoyed here.

Leptokarya beach

Located near the settlement of Old Leptokarya, in Archaia Levithra, where the legendary Orfeus’ burial ground lies. This fine pebble beach, draped in thick foliage, is a popular local hangout day and night, has many umbrellas and sun loungers, water sports facitilities as well as cafes, bars and restaurants for night owls.

Makryialos Beach

An organized beach, with a abundant sand and the characteristic sand-hills that can be found in the area’’s coasts – great fun for rolling down of.

Management Authority for Lake Kerkini, Kato Poroia

This organization polices the area to make sure no illegal hunting or intrusive practices are taking place.

Methoni Beach

The natural bay of Methoni and Nea Anthoupoli is ideal for beach goers looking for serenity and shade, as it’s lined with trees. Located by one of Europe’s most important wetlands is a sand beach with clean water.

Natural Mineral Springs at Agistro

Near the Promachonas border with Bulgaria, this is the oldest hamam in Greece, built in 950 AD. Hugely atmospheric, it is set amid wild landscape known for its honey and trout. The water temperature is 40.5 degrees, said to cure arthritis and dermatological ailments.

Nature in Livaditis

The paths of Livaditis, a lovely mountain village some 50km away from Xanthi, in the western part of the region offers sign-posted hiking paths which are connected to the E6 hiking trail. The area offers climbing, skiing and mountain biking, embedded with nature’s splendour and a spectacular waterfall. The nature continues around the village of Evrimanthos where fauna and flora compete to engulf the senses. Mushrooms are highly prized in this area and there is a large variety to discover. Also visit the Chaintous forest and the area of Arkoudorema (Bear Stream), a true ecological paradise. In June the Sarakatsan festival showcases local customs of these people that form a strong part of the area’s character.

Neo Pori Beach

The very wide beach is Pieria’s southernmost shore, and attracts families and locals seeking a refreshing dip in clean waters. It overlooks Olympus and is near the the traditional settlement of Palio Pori and an endless, scenic wetland at the northern part of the Delta of Pineio.

Neos Pandeleimonas

An exquisite beach with trees and lush vegetation that almost reach down to the sea, located nearby the traditional settlement of Palio Pandeleimonas and near the old castle of Platamonas. The beach has sun loungers and umbrellas as well as a few beach bars.

Nestos River and Nestos Delta

The Nestos river has attracted eco-visitors for decades, a perfect locale for hiking, horseback riding, birdwatching, mountain climbing, canoeing, cycling, kayaking and rappelling. These activities in the land of Orpheus take place in magical corners of the Xanthi region like Galani, Komnina, Kromniko, Livadero, Stavroupolis, Toxotes and others. The Nestos Delta in Xanthi, where the river meets the sea, is also another enchanting place with dreamy sceneries. Worth nothing too is the area of Abdera which hosts a unique ecosystem of lakes, lagoons and valuable wetlands.

Olympic shore

A very wide, organized beach with a parallel bycicle path and walkway that are ideal for enjoying a seaside stroll, jog, skating. This popular beach gets extremely active during peak time, especially as it connects Katerini beach with the cosmopolitan Olympic shore.

Pighi Spa and hot Springs, Siderokastro

Located 6 kms from Siderokastro and 25 km north of Serres, this spa is divided in 3 parts with two hamams from the Byzantine era for men and women, as well as hydrotherapy rooms and private baths. The water is a steady 45 degrees. Spa hotel available.

Plaka, Litochori

Plaka is a long narrow beach dotted with numerous natural coves, sand, pebbles and greenery-covered rocks.

Platamonas Beach

A busy beach with numerous shops, restaurants, accommodations and cafes as well as a marina for small boats, Platamonas is ideal for those who like to see and be seen.

Pydna Beach

A gold sand beach with straw umbrellas and sun loungers, as well as a nearby bar-restaurant. Just a stone’s throw away from the valuable Byzntine finds waiting to be explored.

Shelter Olympia Lailias

Just 3km away from the Lailias Ski Centre, the Hellenic Alpine Club runs this shelter at an altitude of 1500 metres on Mt Vrondos. It also runs a summer camp for children 8-15 years old with activities taking place in the Lialias Forest. (Operated by HAC Serres)

Ski resort Laila

The Lailias ski centre, operating from December to March and managed by the Hellenic Alpine Club of Serres, is located 27 miles from that city high atop Mt Vrontos at an altitude ranging from 1850 meters to 1600 meters. It has one slope of moderate difficulty as well as a lift that can serve 700 people an hour. The longest slope (1250 m) starts out as red (difficult) and then continues as blue (experienced). It is named after Macedonian revolutionary war hero Emmanuel Pappas. There is also one baby lift serving the learning slopes, ski school and first aid station. The centre is famous for its Lang-Lauf courses, making it one of the best resorts in Greece for the sport. The wood and stone ski lodge has all modern facilities, including restaurants with local delicacies and ski rentals. The centre offers night skiing every Saturday night.

Skotinas Beach

A gold sand beach at the foot of Mt Olympus, located near the settlement of the same name. In summer, Skotinas beach is the scene for music concerts, dance performances and festivals.

Therma, outside Nigrita

The water of Therma is famed throughout Greece for its medicinal qualities. The onsite spa is open from July through October and private baths are available for the therapy of rheumatism, arthritis, back problems, lumbago and dermatological problems.

Virgin Forest of Frakto

The virgin forest of Frakto is located on the highest peak of the Rodopi mountains, 1,953 meters high. It is said to be the only virgin forest in Greece and considered one of the most important in Europe due to its large ecological and historical value. It lies a protected area so visitors are kindly asked to respect the forest.

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Bird Watching on Lake Kerkini

One of the the top bird sites for birdwatching in all of Greece, Lake Kerkini is an extremely important area for the passage, wintering and breeding of both waterfowl and raptors as well as for the breeding of migratory songbirds.

Kerkini Wetland Information Center, Kerkini

Make a quick stop here to learn how the lake was created and what is being done to preserve and protect it for future generations. Using traditional boats called ‘plaves’, visitors can experience the beauty of the water on the lake at a safe distance from the birds, enjoying the wet forest and birdwatching at the same time, all year round.

Lake Kerkini Center for Ecotourism, Lithotopos

This is the place to go to learn what options for excursions there are on or around the lake. Also exhibits samples of plant life, insects, fowl and fauna in a mini museum.

Lake Vistonis

In the southeast area of Xanthi lies Porto Lagos, famous for its Lake Vistonis. Every year, Ecologists assemble from all over the world to experience over 260 species of wild birds, who mostly migrate to the region during the winter season. A great show of aquatic birds and herons can be enjoyed here.

Management Authority for Lake Kerkini, Kato Poroia

This organization polices the area to make sure no illegal hunting or intrusive practices are taking place.

Nestos River and Nestos Delta

The Nestos river has attracted eco-visitors for decades, a perfect locale for hiking, horseback riding, birdwatching, mountain climbing, canoeing, cycling, kayaking and rappelling. These activities in the land of Orpheus take place in magical corners of the Xanthi region like Galani, Komnina, Kromniko, Livadero, Stavroupolis, Toxotes and others. The Nestos Delta in Xanthi, where the river meets the sea, is also another enchanting place with dreamy sceneries. Worth nothing too is the area of Abdera which hosts a unique ecosystem of lakes, lagoons and valuable wetlands.

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Nestos River and Nestos Delta

The Nestos river has attracted eco-visitors for decades, a perfect locale for hiking, horseback riding, birdwatching, mountain climbing, canoeing, cycling, kayaking and rappelling. These activities in the land of Orpheus take place in magical corners of the Xanthi region like Galani, Komnina, Kromniko, Livadero, Stavroupolis, Toxotes and others. The Nestos Delta in Xanthi, where the river meets the sea, is also another enchanting place with dreamy sceneries. Worth nothing too is the area of Abdera which hosts a unique ecosystem of lakes, lagoons and valuable wetlands.

Aggitis Gorge

The sheer, nearly smooth 50-70 meter slopes of the Aggitis Gorge are a canyoneer’s dream. Considered by locals to have been hewn by Philip II of Macedon, the limestone ravine was more likely the result of seismic shifts between the Paggeo and Menikon mountains. Whatever the reason, this 15-kilometer river gorge offers untold opportunities for rappelling and canyoning as close to nature as one can get. The railway line passes by the village of Symvoli at the entrance to the gorge, making it easy to get to or be whisked away after a long day and tired muscles. The canyon is open year-round.

Blue Zina Cave, Petropigi

Located 30 km west of Xanthi. There are three main climbing sectors of this cave. 1. Old sector, 2. Blue Zina Cave, 3. The Temple. There are also 40 plus routes to choose from which are 30-60 meters long and 2 trails to access the cave.

Nature in Livaditis

The paths of Livaditis, a lovely mountain village some 50km away from Xanthi, in the western part of the region offers sign-posted hiking paths which are connected to the E6 hiking trail. The area offers climbing, skiing and mountain biking, embedded with nature’s splendour and a spectacular waterfall. The nature continues around the village of Evrimanthos where fauna and flora compete to engulf the senses. Mushrooms are highly prized in this area and there is a large variety to discover. Also visit the Chaintous forest and the area of Arkoudorema (Bear Stream), a true ecological paradise. In June the Sarakatsan festival showcases local customs of these people that form a strong part of the area’s character.

Nestos River and Nestos Delta

The Nestos river has attracted eco-visitors for decades, a perfect locale for hiking, horseback riding, birdwatching, mountain climbing, canoeing, cycling, kayaking and rappelling. These activities in the land of Orpheus take place in magical corners of the Xanthi region like Galani, Komnina, Kromniko, Livadero, Stavroupolis, Toxotes and others. The Nestos Delta in Xanthi, where the river meets the sea, is also another enchanting place with dreamy sceneries. Worth nothing too is the area of Abdera which hosts a unique ecosystem of lakes, lagoons and valuable wetlands.

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Kosinthos River

The Kosinthos river is also part of the Xanthi landscape, with stone bridges and intriguing pathways between villages and forgotten spots. Visit Halil’s watermill – one of the few that still exist today – to travel back through time.

Nature in Livaditis

The paths of Livaditis, a lovely mountain village some 50km away from Xanthi, in the western part of the region offers sign-posted hiking paths which are connected to the E6 hiking trail. The area offers climbing, skiing and mountain biking, embedded with nature’s splendour and a spectacular waterfall. The nature continues around the village of Evrimanthos where fauna and flora compete to engulf the senses. Mushrooms are highly prized in this area and there is a large variety to discover. Also visit the Chaintous forest and the area of Arkoudorema (Bear Stream), a true ecological paradise. In June the Sarakatsan festival showcases local customs of these people that form a strong part of the area’s character.

Nestos River and Nestos Delta

The Nestos river has attracted eco-visitors for decades, a perfect locale for hiking, horseback riding, birdwatching, mountain climbing, canoeing, cycling, kayaking and rappelling. These activities in the land of Orpheus take place in magical corners of the Xanthi region like Galani, Komnina, Kromniko, Livadero, Stavroupolis, Toxotes and others. The Nestos Delta in Xanthi, where the river meets the sea, is also another enchanting place with dreamy sceneries. Worth nothing too is the area of Abdera which hosts a unique ecosystem of lakes, lagoons and valuable wetlands.

Virgin Forest of Frakto

The virgin forest of Frakto is located on the highest peak of the Rodopi mountains, 1,953 meters high. It is said to be the only virgin forest in Greece and considered one of the most important in Europe due to its large ecological and historical value. It lies a protected area so visitors are kindly asked to respect the forest.

Bougatinas Mountain Refuge, Proti

Along national hiking Route 04, the mountain-climbing shelter, run by the Serres branch of the Hellenic Alpine Club (EOS), sits at an altitude of 1956 metres on Mt Pangeo.

Nature in Livaditis

The paths of Livaditis, a lovely mountain village some 50km away from Xanthi, in the western part of the region offers sign-posted hiking paths which are connected to the E6 hiking trail. The area offers climbing, skiing and mountain biking, embedded with nature’s splendour and a spectacular waterfall. The nature continues around the village of Evrimanthos where fauna and flora compete to engulf the senses. Mushrooms are highly prized in this area and there is a large variety to discover. Also visit the Chaintous forest and the area of Arkoudorema (Bear Stream), a true ecological paradise. In June the Sarakatsan festival showcases local customs of these people that form a strong part of the area’s character.

Nestos River and Nestos Delta

The Nestos river has attracted eco-visitors for decades, a perfect locale for hiking, horseback riding, birdwatching, mountain climbing, canoeing, cycling, kayaking and rappelling. These activities in the land of Orpheus take place in magical corners of the Xanthi region like Galani, Komnina, Kromniko, Livadero, Stavroupolis, Toxotes and others. The Nestos Delta in Xanthi, where the river meets the sea, is also another enchanting place with dreamy sceneries. Worth nothing too is the area of Abdera which hosts a unique ecosystem of lakes, lagoons and valuable wetlands.

Shelter Olympia Lailias

Just 3km away from the Lailias Ski Centre, the Hellenic Alpine Club runs this shelter at an altitude of 1500 metres on Mt Vrondos. It also runs a summer camp for children 8-15 years old with activities taking place in the Lialias Forest. (Operated by HAC Serres)

Virgin Forest of Frakto

The virgin forest of Frakto is located on the highest peak of the Rodopi mountains, 1,953 meters high. It is said to be the only virgin forest in Greece and considered one of the most important in Europe due to its large ecological and historical value. It lies a protected area so visitors are kindly asked to respect the forest.

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Nestos River and Nestos Delta

The Nestos river has attracted eco-visitors for decades, a perfect locale for hiking, horseback riding, birdwatching, mountain climbing, canoeing, cycling, kayaking and rappelling. These activities in the land of Orpheus take place in magical corners of the Xanthi region like Galani, Komnina, Kromniko, Livadero, Stavroupolis, Toxotes and others. The Nestos Delta in Xanthi, where the river meets the sea, is also another enchanting place with dreamy sceneries. Worth nothing too is the area of Abdera which hosts a unique ecosystem of lakes, lagoons and valuable wetlands.

Blue Zina Cave, Petropigi

Located 30 km west of Xanthi. There are three main climbing sectors of this cave. 1. Old sector, 2. Blue Zina Cave, 3. The Temple. There are also 40 plus routes to choose from which are 30-60 meters long and 2 trails to access the cave.

Kerkini Wetland Information Center, Kerkini

Make a quick stop here to learn how the lake was created and what is being done to preserve and protect it for future generations. Using traditional boats called ‘plaves’, visitors can experience the beauty of the water on the lake at a safe distance from the birds, enjoying the wet forest and birdwatching at the same time, all year round.

Nature in Livaditis

The paths of Livaditis, a lovely mountain village some 50km away from Xanthi, in the western part of the region offers sign-posted hiking paths which are connected to the E6 hiking trail. The area offers climbing, skiing and mountain biking, embedded with nature’s splendour and a spectacular waterfall. The nature continues around the village of Evrimanthos where fauna and flora compete to engulf the senses. Mushrooms are highly prized in this area and there is a large variety to discover. Also visit the Chaintous forest and the area of Arkoudorema (Bear Stream), a true ecological paradise. In June the Sarakatsan festival showcases local customs of these people that form a strong part of the area’s character.

Ski resort Laila

The Lailias ski centre, operating from December to March and managed by the Hellenic Alpine Club of Serres, is located 27 miles from that city high atop Mt Vrontos at an altitude ranging from 1850 meters to 1600 meters. It has one slope of moderate difficulty as well as a lift that can serve 700 people an hour. The longest slope (1250 m) starts out as red (difficult) and then continues as blue (experienced). It is named after Macedonian revolutionary war hero Emmanuel Pappas. There is also one baby lift serving the learning slopes, ski school and first aid station. The centre is famous for its Lang-Lauf courses, making it one of the best resorts in Greece for the sport. The wood and stone ski lodge has all modern facilities, including restaurants with local delicacies and ski rentals. The centre offers night skiing every Saturday night.

Natural Mineral Springs at Agistro

Near the Promachonas border with Bulgaria, this is the oldest hamam in Greece, built in 950 AD. Hugely atmospheric, it is set amid wild landscape known for its honey and trout. The water temperature is 40.5 degrees, said to cure arthritis and dermatological ailments.

Pighi Spa and hot Springs, Siderokastro

Located 6 kms from Siderokastro and 25 km north of Serres, this spa is divided in 3 parts with two hamams from the Byzantine era for men and women, as well as hydrotherapy rooms and private baths. The water is a steady 45 degrees. Spa hotel available.

Therma, outside Nigrita

The water of Therma is famed throughout Greece for its medicinal qualities. The onsite spa is open from July through October and private baths are available for the therapy of rheumatism, arthritis, back problems, lumbago and dermatological problems.

Ai Yannis Beach

Embraced by verdant seaside hills and very close to Makryialos, this gold sand beach is peaceful and picturesque.

Aliki Kitrous Beach

A natural one kimoleter long harbour where sailors and fishermen leave their boats. Also neighboring an internationally well known wetland.

Gritsa Beach

Litochori’s beach, near the archaeological site of Dion. An ideal spot for small boats.

Kalyvia Varikou

A picturesque shallow water beach ideal for young children, with pebbles and sand, at the foot of Mount Olympus. Several organized camping sites can be found there, while if you’re looking for privacy you can head to one of the little shores to the north and south of the coast.

Katerini beach

A lively, busy seaside venue with a long, wide sandy beach decked out with all the necessary water sports and sunbathing facilities, a marina for small boats and a wide choice of bars and clubs for nightlovers.

Korinos Beach

A kilometers-long, seemingly endless shore that borders ancient Macedonian tombs. There are several accommodations, cafes and tavernas along the shore.

Leptokarya beach

Located near the settlement of Old Leptokarya, in Archaia Levithra, where the legendary Orfeus’ burial ground lies. This fine pebble beach, draped in thick foliage, is a popular local hangout day and night, has many umbrellas and sun loungers, water sports facitilities as well as cafes, bars and restaurants for night owls.

Makryialos Beach

An organized beach, with a abundant sand and the characteristic sand-hills that can be found in the area’’s coasts – great fun for rolling down of.

Methoni Beach

The natural bay of Methoni and Nea Anthoupoli is ideal for beach goers looking for serenity and shade, as it’s lined with trees. Located by one of Europe’s most important wetlands is a sand beach with clean water.

Neo Pori Beach

The very wide beach is Pieria’s southernmost shore, and attracts families and locals seeking a refreshing dip in clean waters. It overlooks Olympus and is near the the traditional settlement of Palio Pori and an endless, scenic wetland at the northern part of the Delta of Pineio.

Neos Pandeleimonas

An exquisite beach with trees and lush vegetation that almost reach down to the sea, located nearby the traditional settlement of Palio Pandeleimonas and near the old castle of Platamonas. The beach has sun loungers and umbrellas as well as a few beach bars.

Olympic shore

A very wide, organized beach with a parallel bycicle path and walkway that are ideal for enjoying a seaside stroll, jog, skating. This popular beach gets extremely active during peak time, especially as it connects Katerini beach with the cosmopolitan Olympic shore.

Plaka, Litochori

Plaka is a long narrow beach dotted with numerous natural coves, sand, pebbles and greenery-covered rocks.

Platamonas Beach

A busy beach with numerous shops, restaurants, accommodations and cafes as well as a marina for small boats, Platamonas is ideal for those who like to see and be seen.

Pydna Beach

A gold sand beach with straw umbrellas and sun loungers, as well as a nearby bar-restaurant. Just a stone’s throw away from the valuable Byzntine finds waiting to be explored.

Skotinas Beach

A gold sand beach at the foot of Mt Olympus, located near the settlement of the same name. In summer, Skotinas beach is the scene for music concerts, dance performances and festivals.

Bird Watching on Lake Kerkini

One of the the top bird sites for birdwatching in all of Greece, Lake Kerkini is an extremely important area for the passage, wintering and breeding of both waterfowl and raptors as well as for the breeding of migratory songbirds.

Blue Zina Cave, Petropigi

Located 30 km west of Xanthi. There are three main climbing sectors of this cave. 1. Old sector, 2. Blue Zina Cave, 3. The Temple. There are also 40 plus routes to choose from which are 30-60 meters long and 2 trails to access the cave.

Bougatinas Mountain Refuge, Proti

Along national hiking Route 04, the mountain-climbing shelter, run by the Serres branch of the Hellenic Alpine Club (EOS), sits at an altitude of 1956 metres on Mt Pangeo.

Kosinthos River

The Kosinthos river is also part of the Xanthi landscape, with stone bridges and intriguing pathways between villages and forgotten spots. Visit Halil’s watermill – one of the few that still exist today – to travel back through time.

Lake Kerkini Center for Ecotourism, Lithotopos

This is the place to go to learn what options for excursions there are on or around the lake. Also exhibits samples of plant life, insects, fowl and fauna in a mini museum.

Lake Vistonis

In the southeast area of Xanthi lies Porto Lagos, famous for its Lake Vistonis. Every year, Ecologists assemble from all over the world to experience over 260 species of wild birds, who mostly migrate to the region during the winter season. A great show of aquatic birds and herons can be enjoyed here.

Nestos River and Nestos Delta

The Nestos river has attracted eco-visitors for decades, a perfect locale for hiking, horseback riding, birdwatching, mountain climbing, canoeing, cycling, kayaking and rappelling. These activities in the land of Orpheus take place in magical corners of the Xanthi region like Galani, Komnina, Kromniko, Livadero, Stavroupolis, Toxotes and others. The Nestos Delta in Xanthi, where the river meets the sea, is also another enchanting place with dreamy sceneries. Worth nothing too is the area of Abdera which hosts a unique ecosystem of lakes, lagoons and valuable wetlands.

Olympic shore

A very wide, organized beach with a parallel bycicle path and walkway that are ideal for enjoying a seaside stroll, jog, skating. This popular beach gets extremely active during peak time, especially as it connects Katerini beach with the cosmopolitan Olympic shore.

Ski resort Laila

The Lailias ski centre, operating from December to March and managed by the Hellenic Alpine Club of Serres, is located 27 miles from that city high atop Mt Vrontos at an altitude ranging from 1850 meters to 1600 meters. It has one slope of moderate difficulty as well as a lift that can serve 700 people an hour. The longest slope (1250 m) starts out as red (difficult) and then continues as blue (experienced). It is named after Macedonian revolutionary war hero Emmanuel Pappas. There is also one baby lift serving the learning slopes, ski school and first aid station. The centre is famous for its Lang-Lauf courses, making it one of the best resorts in Greece for the sport. The wood and stone ski lodge has all modern facilities, including restaurants with local delicacies and ski rentals. The centre offers night skiing every Saturday night.

Virgin Forest of Frakto

The virgin forest of Frakto is located on the highest peak of the Rodopi mountains, 1,953 meters high. It is said to be the only virgin forest in Greece and considered one of the most important in Europe due to its large ecological and historical value. It lies a protected area so visitors are kindly asked to respect the forest.

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