Macedonia - Kilkis Nature06-10-2012 16:05Following westwards direction, we meet Gallikos River which springs from the Mount Kroussia and directed to south is poured in the gulf of Thermaikos. The fertile valleys of river were the main reason for many prehistoric settlements to be founded here whiles the sources of river are protected by the clump of Kroussia. Mount Kroussia with intense oppositions, with ravines and river streams with forests of beech and oaks, conifers and great variety of fauna, allocate paths and hospitable guest houses. Here is also the Balkan Botanic Garden of Kroussia where one will meet many of the endemic plants of Balkans that bloom all year round.
Discover it through different ways of tour that include rock gardens, pharmaceutical and aromatic gardens, waterfalls, small lakes, streams, shaped paths, meadows and forestall extents. In distance of 22 km westwards of Kilkis is found the town of Axioupoli in the fertile valley of Axios River which supports numerous important species of fauna and flora. For this reason it is considered as a biotope of special interest and great importance. The delta of Axios River in Thermaikos is of unique beauty. Mega Rema (Kotza - Ntere) is a beautiful stream that is found hardly 3 km. from Axioupoli as well as 15 km. longer you can visit the artificial Lake of Metallio. It has length of 2 km and depth 35m., and is the ideal place for resting, fishing of trout and other sport activities. The landscape is characterized by forests of natural unspoiled beauty.
Going east we meet the Mount Paiko, one of the most beautiful and magnificent mountains of Greece. Each visitor is charmed by the splendid forests, river streams and the picturesque villages of Mount Paiko: Griva, Karpi, Kastaneri, Livadia and other villages they offer the visitors the combination of beautiful landscape and the organised spaces of forest recreation. On the foothills of Mount Paiko is found the town of Goumenissa. Narrow streets and old traditional houses in an enchanting combination with abundant waters, the uniqueness of natural landscape and the cordial hospitality of residents, the region of Goumenissa offers the visitor peacefulness and mental balance. Goumenissa is also a centre of viticulture and is famous for the remarkable production of wine. Feasts and festivals of great splendour of upholding customs and traditions take place.
On the Northeast slope of Mount Paiko, only 4 km. far from the borders of the country, we meet the historical village of Skra, a name that has been given of the homonym battle of decisive importance for the course of Greek State but also of the World War 1. The landscape consists of unspoiled vegetation, abrupt small slopes that shape small or bigger waterfalls. The Lake Smaragdenia is a natural small lake lost behind one almost impenetrable dam from hazels and ivies, with frozen waters. The lake owes her name in the splendid emerald colour of waters because of the fossils of micro-organisms found in its seabed.
Continuing, on the foothills of Mount Belles we meet the Lake of Doirani and the homonym village, in the bank of the lake. The visitors find the chance to enjoy fishing any time of the year in new installations. Round the lake there are many paths leading to Mount Belles and to the “Thousand Trees”. The forest of “Thousand Trees” has been characterized as a “Monument of Nature” as it consists of oak trees dating up to 400 years. In this area 4km. far from the settlement a resting area has been formed with a traditional tavern and a vivarium.
Finally, southern of the prefecture, by the borders with Thessaloniki, is found the Lake of Pikrolimni. The clay at the seabed of lake is well known for its medical and cosmetic role. Pikrolimni offers fully equipped spa facilities, restaurants and modern hotel amenities for its numerous visitors.
The statue of Poseidon, made of Parian marble, was found in 1877 on Milos island, along with a statue of his mate, Amphitrite. The larger than life-size statue depicts the god almost nude, wearing a himation covering the lower part of the body. In his raised right hand he will have held the trident. Next to his right leg is a support in the form of a dolphin. Today, the statue is exhibited at the National Archaeological Museum in Athens city.
More than just a famous tourist destination, Santorini boasts a romantic scene where you can have some really memorable moments with your partner. The time when the sun sets deep down to the Aegean Sea and the sky gets these amazing orange colors is the best to enjoy a cocktail. One of the best places to do so is the Classico bar restaurant in the capital of Fira.
Explore the fascinating volcanic island of Santorini the way you want it yourself! Enjoy a unique accommodation experience, with huge doses of privacy and luxury by choosing to stay in Incognito Villa.
Touristorama has been travelling all around Greece and its islands for over a decade. This year, during our trip to Naxos, the biggest of the Cyclades complex, we discovered an interesting spot, perfect for your night out on the island… which is what we do best: finding the best places and then propose you should visit them! Prime is a Scandinavian Bar, located on a privileged position in Chora of Naxos, opposite the port. It’s been operating for 21 years and enjoys a great fame to both foreign and local tourists.
“Brunch” is both a noun, a verb and way of life. It’s not only an opportunity to eat something nice, but also a way to catch up with friends in the middle of the day. In Athens city we love it for both reasons. We have even discovered an easily accessible spot, perfect for the citibreakers to enjoy a full breakfast or a brunch during their travel in the Greek capital.
In recent years, the beloved habit of pancakes has begun to become widespread in Greece as well. Touristorama discovered in Nafplion the place that makes the most delicious pancakes, according to the original American recipe.
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Touristorama traveled in southern Crete to meet the owner of Thalori Guesthouses, who created one of the most beautiful hotels there.