We are looking for the most beautiful village in Macedonia and these are the strongest candidates.
You will have understood, we have missed the trip and fortunately the backup of our memories does a good job. After the exceptional popularity of the challenge to find the most beautiful village of Epirus, we travel imaginatively to the mountains and lakes of Macedonia, between imposing mansions and spruce-covered slopes. The search for the most beautiful village is more of an occasion to plan trips for it and we cross the prefectures and make stops in small diamonds beyond the villages famous for their glamor and architecture which are the undisputed winners. (say to Nymphaeum). Village balconies with endless views, fishing villages by the lakes, traditional villages with old tobacco shops and Macedonian mansions, developed tourist centers with ski resorts – magnets, villages stopped in time inspired by era film directors, pockets of traditional customs and celebrations, they are waiting for us to combine them at the first opportunity after the Macedonia, with its ever-better road network, offered for road trips all seasons.
Combining mountain and sea, is an ideal base for excursions to Mount Olympus and is one of the most touristic villages in Macedonia. Litochoro is divided into two settlements, with the new spreading around the old: houses with authentic Macedonian architecture, bipeds, with wooden gates but also quite neoclassical, cobbled alleys, stone fountains, small squares and churches compose the image of both settlements. The sailors' neighborhood is especially beautiful (or Tsintza Bairi), where most of the neoclassical captain's houses are located.
Classic meeting points are the square around the church of Agios Dimitrios and the square of Platanos in the old settlement. Olympus National Park covers the east side of the mountain and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site., while the European Union has included it in the "Important Bird Areas of the European Community". There are many boundary mountaineering routes, short or long duration and with varying degrees of difficulty, but also shelters equipped for hospitality. At the top of Litochoro, in the area of Mills, is one of the entrances to the national park. The E4 international trail starts from there, which crosses the impressive gorge of Enipeas, whose length exceeds 10 km. A good and safe path, with adequate marking, crosses the gorge and ends at Prionia (after hiking 5 hours), in altitude 1.100 m. The river Enipeas with the turquoise waters, the wooden bridges, the dense wildlife, the ravines, ponds and streams offer unique images.
One of the most beautiful "balconies" of Pieria and a preserved settlement, The Old Panteleimon has become a tourist attraction for the whole prefecture. Perched on the slopes of Olympus, offers incredible views of Thermaikos and the coast of Pieria. The main square with the plane trees, the old church of Agios Panteleimon and the old school is the place where most people gather to enjoy the view and dine in the many traditional taverns. Beautiful souvenir shops, folk art, ornamental, Gifts and jewelry are scattered on its cobbled streets, while abandoned houses of continental architecture and mansions are constantly renovated and converted into houses and hostels. The village already has a remarkable hotel infrastructure and manages to attract visitors throughout the year, since winter is particularly charming, while in summer it offers coolness and is only a few kilometers from the beach of Neos Panteleimon and the other coasts in the south of the prefecture. The dense - full of chestnut and beech - forest that embraces Paleo Panteleimon is ideal for hiking and mountain biking and 4×4
A surprise village, perched on 1000 m. altitude, the Elatochori gazes at Olympus, celebrates its natural beauties and experiences in the most impressive way the development of the mountain tourism of the country. Beautiful mountain resorts, charming hostels, taverns and a small ski resort upgrade one, anyway, impressive nature-loving destination. In contrast to the "elusive dream" of Olympus, the Pieria, that is, its conceivable continuity, was and remains the calm force of the mountains of Macedonia. Here you can walk, to enjoy nature, to meditate, to calm down. The calm green forests, the endless springs that "dig" impressive gorges, The picturesque villages compose a landscape that is enchanting and at the same time accessible to everyone.
Administratively it is considered a town, But we include it in our list not only because we like it very much, but also as the picturesqueness of its architecture gives the feeling that you are in a traditional village. In the distance 25 km. west of Kozani, amphitheatrically built on a slope of Mount Velia, on the hill of Prophet Elias, in altitude 872-942 m., and at a distance 5 km. by Aliakmonas, the Siatista spreads into two districts, Geraneia and Chora. Its development began around the 15th century, while it reached its peak in the 18th and 19th with trade, fur and viticulture.
Unforgettable walk in its two picturesque districts, Chora and Geraneia, with trademark mansions, many of which are visitable, such as Pulkos, and historic churches, while wine lovers will go crazy with its famous sweet wines. From here you can organize interesting excursions to Mount Askio with its picturesque villages and Mount Bourinos (included in the protected areas of the European Natura program 2000). A few well-kept guesthouses in Siatista and the surrounding villages offer tasteful and well-kept accommodation, while the classic taverns offer well-cooked local meats, pies, rarer cooked foods and sometimes wild mushrooms.
Vlasti of Kozani
Well-known Vlach village, in altitude 1.240 m. on a closed plateau between the slopes of the Askio mountains (or Siniatsiko) and Mouriki. Either you go from Kozani (24 km) or from Ptolemaida (52 km), the route is enchanting. Surrounded by mountain meadows with cedars, beech and oak forests and reforestation with pines, is one of the most beautiful villages of the Prefecture of Kozani, with restored houses and mansions, picturesque cobbled streets, taverns, hostels, traditional cafe and shops. The 19th century experienced great economic and cultural prosperity, its inhabitants had the largest tseligats in Macedonia, while the 1843 The Hellenic and Mutual School operated (Boys' school) and 1856 the Girl's School.
In recent years it is experiencing new prosperity, since the inhabitants return mainly in the summer, while houses are being restored, customs are restored and separate events are organized with a pan-Hellenic impact. Important dates are the summer cultural-ecological festival Feasts of the Earth and the festival of Agios Panteleimon (26 July), so the young people of the village go up with their decorated horses to the monastery of Agios Panteleimon in Mouriki to watch the service, while then they set up a dance in the place Aloni. On the 15th of August, end, Tranos Dance in the meadows gathers a lot of people: The locals dance to the sounds of traditional music by wind bands in a festival that was recently submitted to be included in the list of intangible cultural heritage of UNESCO. In its taverns you will enjoy meat (roast pork, of the hour) but also pies.
In the distance 33 km. from Kozani, the traditional village of Velvento has magnificent stone houses of Macedonian architecture, with flowered courtyards. The oldest church of Velvento is Agios Minas (12the century), the church of Agios Nikolaos (16the century) has beautiful murals, while the three-aisled basilica of the Assumption of the Virgin (1804) has a wood-carved gilded iconostasis. also, must are the sweets and jams from local fruits of the women's cooperative. A paved path starts from the Velvento stadium, parallel to the stone channel, for the enchanting gorge of Skepasmenos with its impressive waterfalls.
The mountain Voio, on the border of Kozani and Kastoria, with the beautiful villages of Pentalofos, Bottom, Morning Star, Dilofo, arched bridges and mysterious forests are ideal for walks. Pentalofos is the homeland of the famous Zupatian craftsmen (the village was called Zoupani in the old days), whose art is seen in its magnificent buildings. Of particular historical and artistic interest is the three-aisled basilica of St. Achilles (mid 18th century), which was hagiographed by the painter Michael.
Sisani of Kozani
Built on the slopes of Mount Siniatsiko (55 km. from Kozani), in altitude 850 m. and in the green, The village of Sisani is crossed by the river Myrichos, which provides the necessary energy on 2 "Dristells" (water mills) where flocate is processed, washing blankets etc.. Here you will see the single-aisled wooden-roofed basilica with a narthex of the Assumption of the Virgin (mid 18th century) - from the ruins found around and below it, the existence of an older building is probable (probably of the 5th or 6th century).
Villages of Grevena
The most famous and lively Vlach village of Grevena is Samarina in altitude 1.450 m. in the eastern foothills of Smolikas. Impressive the first feeling as the village is surrounded by forests, with the large cobbled square in the center, the fireplaces lit in the taverns and the beautiful hostels, both old renovated "dristels" (water mills). The huge, in proportion to the space, church of Megali Panagia with the big pine tree that has taken root on its roof makes sense. Perched on the borders of Macedonia and Epirus, at an altitude near 2.300 m., in the embrace of the national park of North Pindos and Valia Calda its Vlach village Mixing, stands out for the unique panorama of forested mountain slopes that unfolds, around him. With beautiful hostels and delicious taverns, organized walks for mushroom hunting and the ski resort of Vasilitsa nearby, has given us unforgettable mountain moments.
Another picturesque village of the area, with many taps, is Salt stones, which can be a residence base but also a food attraction. Between Alatopetra and Aeti, is the waterfall of Tsourgiakas, falling from a height 35 m. in an awesome gorge offering a spectacle that raises the adrenaline to the vertical. On the northeastern sides of Pindos, end, Dotsiko stands out, the most famous craftsman village of the prefecture, graphical, atmospheric - Theodoros Angelopoulos shot scenes from the movie Alexander the Great here, and the only village with a magnificent stone bridge inside the settlement and not at the emba or at the exit as is the rule.
Korestia of Kastoria
On the provincial border road that connects it Kastoria with Prespes, just a few kilometers from the city, built in beech forests, with plinths from the deep red color of the area, the villages of Korestia, ruined today, compose a unique cinematic landscape, which by no means has been the setting for period films, such as "Deep Soul" by Pantelis Voulgaris. Kranionas and Ano Kranionas, with the large two-storey and three-storey brick houses and the Ladopotamos tributary flowing between them, is one of the most beautiful villages.
It is still worth walking in Halara (or Halara), where in addition to the adobe houses you will see a watermill built in 1900 but also the brick church of Our Lady 1717, in Gavros at the foot of Grammos, typical case of a Slavic-speaking village that was deserted during the Civil War and its inhabitants "Hellenized", and in Mavrokampos, where some of the most impressive two-storey three-storey brick mansions are preserved, with warehouses on the ground floor, large rooms with fireplaces upstairs and a hall for events.
Sidirochori of Kastoria
A balcony on Vitsi, with stone houses and awesome views. Normally it should have been characterized as a traditional settlement in order to have better preserved its special architectural color. Very nice hostels have made this "airplane" a classic accommodation for excursions in Kastoria.
The "wet" borders of Greece with Albania and FYROM, The Prespa National Park is a timeless travel destination for nature lovers. There are two islands in Mikri Prespa: Saint Achilles, which you will reach via a floating footbridge, and Vidronisi or Vitrinetsi. The herons, cormorants but also rare species of pelicans (like the silver pelican) will fascinate bird watching fans, while it is worth taking a boat trip to the caves with the Byzantine hermitages. In Agios Achilleios you will see the ruins of an ancient settlement (Wolf) but also Byzantine churches - among them the basilica of the Twelve Apostles (11the century), the church of Agios Dimitrios (14the century) and especially the three-aisled basilica of Agios Achilleios (11the century), which also gave the island its name.
In Megali Prespa, again, the traffic is divided between the lakeside fishermen that have been declared a traditional settlement and the mountainous Agios Germanos. In Psarades you will enjoy a lake carp next to the shores, while in Agios Germanos you will stay in traditional hostels and eat in nice taverns by the river. In Psarades make a stop at the church of the Assumption of the Virgin (19the century) and a boat ride to the monks' hermitages in the lakeside caves. In Agios Germanos, note the information center that concerns the Prespa National Park, the churches of Agios Germanos (10the century) and Agios Athanasios (1816) as well as an old watermill. Mountain Laimos is the seat of the Municipality of Prespa with stone and brick houses. The churches of Agios Ioannis, of Agia Paraskevi, of Ypapantis of the Lord and of Agios Nikolaos are remarkable monuments. The hill of Agios Ioannis with the oaks offers a special view and a beautiful sunset. The Municipal Library and its folklore collection are of interest, where objects from the folk tradition of the area are exhibited.
In altitude 1.350 m., on the ridges of Mount Vitsi, It is no coincidence that it has emerged as one of the ten most beautiful villages in Europe (according to UNESCO). The entrance with the arched wooden bridge, which unites two of the most impressive mansions of the village, the manicured stone houses with the imposing front doors, the little one, Picturesque paved square and cobbled paths prepare you for the imposing Nikeio School - a trademark of the village -, hosted by the Arcturus Information Center. The preserved traditional settlement is surrounded by beech forest. The Nymphaeum (its original name was Niveasta, which in Vlach means nymph) experienced great economic prosperity from the 18th to the beginning of the 20th century.
The old mansions have been renovated and converted into traditional guesthouses, welcoming hangouts and shops with local products. The paths in the beech forest, mountain biking or horseback riding and monuments such as the Neveska House of Gold (another name for it), a renovated mansion where there is a Silver and Gold Museum, Folklore and History (The village has a tradition in the art of silversmithing since 1650), make it an ideal destination for both nature lovers and lovers of tradition and history. The wider area is ideal for excursions to the Bear Shelter (of Arcturus), in the lakes Zazari and Heimaditida with the fishing villages but also in the picturesque mountain villages.
Acritical and serene, with gastronomic and nature-loving interest, Sklithro has its "own" oak forest. In fact, due to the widespread cultivation of potatoes, The Potato Festival takes place here at the end of every summer. The river that originates from the village and flows into Heimaditida, the monastery of Brigadiers Michael and Gabriel, the Christmas bonfires and the Feast of the Pepper (at the end of summer) make the Eagle special as a destination. The Wolf Shelter, in a specially fenced section of natural oak forest of total area 70 στρ. and organized proposals for alternative activities attract nature lovers.
Picturesque village, which owes its name to the water that flows from its natural springs, is just a stone's throw away 34 km. from Florina. Highlights are the primary school building, which was built in 1880 and has been declared protected, and the watermill of Giazos. The area is a gastronomic destination with award-winning Greek cuisine restaurants and wineries to visit.
Saint Panteleimon of Florina
Picturesque fishing village from where the lakeside road starts, dreamily circling the banks of Vegoritida in 10 km. magic car. The area is a gastronomic destination with award-winning Greek cuisine restaurants and crops of the famous Florina pepper. Around you, between the lakes of the area and the towering mountains, fall from beech forests, oaks and chestnuts. there, through special paths, truffle and wild mushroom hunting takes place. They spread in the lowlands 7.500 acres with the famous vineyards of Amyntaio - the kingdom of Xinomavro -, well-known wineries, estates of fanatics of small producers, tastings…
Old Saint Athanasios
The ornate stone houses, amazing examples of Macedonian architecture, the stunning views of Lake Vegoritida and, of course, the Kaimaktsalan ski resort, have highlighted him Old Agios Athanasios in the most popular mountain destination of Western Macedonia and in one of the most important in Greece. In the mid 80's the inhabitants left the village and created Neos Agios Athanasios, just a few miles below, in the plain, after the snow blocked the village for months. But in the early '90s the creation of the ski resort brought the village to the top of mountain tourism. The road is open, the stone houses with the tiled roofs were repaired, wonderful hostels were created, luxury hotels, taverns, restaurants and cafe-bars with respect for local architecture, as the village has been declared traditional.
The town of Kilkis with old traditional houses, abundant water and samples of pre-industrial architecture - in contrast to other parts of Greece that may wither - has brought together a group of young entrepreneurs who are trying to preserve its cultural heritage and natural beauty and use it for tourism.. It is an ideal starting point to explore Mount Paiko, while it remains the center of an area that has been famous for centuries for its wines. The combination of landscape, of wine, Macedonian cuisine and hospitality make it an up-and-coming destination for alternatives, nature escapes.
Going up the slopes of Paiko you will probably pass through the largest chestnut forest in Macedonia and Kastaneri, which is located right in the middle, is one of the most beautiful villages in the area. Leaving it behind and following the winding road in the direction of Megala Livadia, You will find the park of Profitis Ilias with wooden facilities for children and large picnic tables.
Although lesser known, the mountainous Halkidiki has its beauties. Around the green Holomontas are many picturesque villages, with a rich history, such as Paleochori, Neochori, Barbara and Stanos (if you find yourself in the Christmas area, It is worth visiting this village on 26 December, when Gourounohares or Hoirosfagia are celebrated), while Arnaia is the most famous town, with old mansions - some of which have been judged to be preserved - and picturesque alleys. In Arnaia it is worth visiting the Folklore Museum, which is housed in the mansion Giatradiko, the church of Agios Stefanos (the largest in the area) but also the hill of Profitis Ilias for its panoramic view.
In the distance 20 km. from Arnaia, in Neropriono you will find two beautiful waterfalls and in Recini three early Christian churches. Around the village of Taxiarchis there are many forest routes for both hiking and mountain biking and 4×4. Traditional hostels (agritourism and non) offer a pleasant and comfortable stay all year round. End, Vrastama is another picturesque village of Holomontas, famous for its kumara tsipouro, while here a big celebration for raki is organized on the 15th of August.
Villages of Kerkini
The beautiful artificial lake in the northwestern part of the Prefecture of Serres has emerged as a destination for alternative and gastronomic tourism, with offices that organize boating with the "blaves", which sail even in 10 water points, kayak, horse tours, cycling, hiking on the shores - only during the period when the waters of the lake are low, that is, from autumn to spring - and jeep routes. In the coastal forest have been recorded above 620 plant species and is an important breeding ground for aquatic birds, including endangered species (e.g. silver pelican, rose pelican, lagona, night owl, spoonbill, black stork, egret), while at its edges lives the largest number of water buffalo in Greece. also, the extent almost 7 sq.km.. lake offers shelter for more than 30 Fish species (carp, carp, eel, butterfly, γουλιανός).
Ano and Kato Poria are its liveliest villages Kerkini, with uphill streets, taverns and cafes in the squares with the plane trees but also cool streams that descend with momentum from the mountain - with the first being the starting point of hiking and mountaineering routes on Mount Beles. The village of Lithotopos is located next to the dam, at the foot of Krousia and next to Strymon, offers breathtaking views of the lake and has tourist facilities as well as offices that organize various activities. The village of Kerkini, again, with red tiles on the roofs, storks nests and bogs in its picturesque harbor is the headquarters of the Wetland Information Center.
Hook of Serres
On the border with Bulgaria, in the tiny village of Agistro, you will find perhaps the most charming baths in Greece - and only the route to there (shortly after Sidirokastro the road follows the bank of Strymon) worth it. The old stone building of the Byzantine hamam, at the exit of the village, with a vaulted roof and small round openings that allow light to create mysterious shading, dates from 950 A.D. and the water temperature touches them 40 The famous Byzantine hammam with its thermal hot springs managed exclusively by a multi-share company owned by 260 of the villagers and a stone Byzantine tower that today functions as a clock, Trademark of Agistros.
Except for Turkish baths, Agistro offers a range of mild pleasures, such as stream fishing Mills and hiking in a wonderful nature. A special experience is the trade fair in the church of Agios Georgios on 2 May with skewers and music and on the feast of St. George, in front of the homonymous church there is a zoo fair and an animal auction is open. In summer, the three-day Cultural Festival Hook without Borders is organized with concerts by popular Greek artists, dance groups and good local food while on the third day, River Party is organized in the Mills.
Mesoropi of Kavala
The mythical mountain of Dionysus, the Paggaio, Famous for its vineyards and visitable wineries hides a village – little diamond, the Mesoropi. Restored watermills in the forest with running water and trails, imposing tobacco shops and Macedonian mansions of the 19th century coexist with well-kept guesthouses of gastronomic interest. Also look for the neighboring Moustheni with the old Turkish houses with the characteristic tsakmades.
Villages of Drama
Spread in a verdant ravine with pines, fir trees, beeches, walnuts and hazelnuts, in the distance 31 km. northwest of it Drama, the village of Granitis with careful tourist infrastructure, is a good accommodation base for excursions in the mountains of Drama that include some of the most beautiful virgin forests in Greece (Fence, Rodopi birch forest) and the ski center in Falakro. In the old settlement, on the left of the road, houses with traditional architecture and the church of Taxiarches are preserved (of 1873). Motorhomes in the plain of Drama bring us to the town of Doxato with the interwar residences and the beautiful neoclassical, indicative of the golden age of tobacco growing. Just a distance away 3 km. are also the Sources of Kefalari, in an idyllic location with plane trees, waters but also taverns.
Also note the village of Kali Vrisi with its traditional farmhouses from the late 19th century and the picturesque alleys, on the slope of Menikio, overlooking the plain. It is also known for the Babougera, the carnival organized by Fota (6-8/1), while a short distance away is the ancient sanctuary of Dionysus. also, the village of Kallithea, "Balcony" overlooking the plain and Falakro, on the slopes of Mount Menoiki, which is suitable for summer visits thanks to its plane trees and taverns and the village of Mikropoli, base for hiking on Mount Menoikio, in the distance 9 km. from the cave of Aggitis springs. Traditional Macedonian houses are preserved in the upper district.