Kaimaktsalan A mountainous escape!

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Embark on a captivating journey through the wonders of nature surrounding the Kaimaktsalan ski resort. Explore enchanting forests, steep gorges, picturesque wetlands, and serene mountain lakes. Just a stone’s throw away from the Kaimaktsalan ski resort, you’ll find the renowned Black Forest on the easternmost side of Vóras Mountain. This pristine area boasts a rich variety of flora and fauna, creating undulating landscapes that are sure to leave you in awe. Adventure enthusiasts can indulge in exhilarating outdoor activities in Kaimaktsalan, such as trekking and mountain biking, guided by experienced trekking experts who will lead you through scenic mountain routes adorned with dense fir and beech tree forests.

Nestled amidst the steep slopes of Mt. Vóras, the Pozar Thermal Baths are a sight to behold. Surrounded by the magnificent Ramno Mpor Gorge, these baths offer breathtaking views of precipice rocks, natural waterfalls, and wild vegetation with towering trees. The gorge itself is famous and adds to the allure of Pózar Baths, creating a true paradise on earth. If you’re seeking an adrenaline rush, venture onto the trails connecting the thermal baths with Mt. Vóras, where you can engage in climbing, mountaineering, off-road adventures, or even explore the 16 hidden prehistoric caves accessible via a wooden staircase within the gorge!

Only 6 km away from the city of Edessa, lies the breathtaking wetland of Agras-Vrita-Nissi. This area’s high conservation value is attributed to the presence of rare birds, including endangered species like the ferruginous duck and little bittern, alongside other avian wonders like swans, coots, little grebes, and moorhens. Embrace a romantic boat trip on the Ágras Lake, nestled in the heart of the wetland, and witness the birds nesting in their natural habitat.

The pinnacle of this mountain tour must be a visit to Vegoritida Lake, located in the village of Agios (Saint) Panteleimonas on the western slope of Mt. Vóras. This stunning lake is the second largest in Greece, boasting a vast surface area of 72,500 square meters and a depth of about 80 meters. It is also an essential part of the NATURA 2000 network, recognized for its significance as a habitat for over 160 bird species and 11 fish species. While in the area, embrace eco-friendly activities such as rowing, canoeing, kayaking, kite surfing, wind surfing, bird watching, sailing, and swimming! Exploring the villages surrounding the lake, namely Árnissa, Peréa, and Agios Panteleimonas, will reveal beautiful landscapes and provide you with the chance to experience the renowned local hospitality and indulge in delicious traditional delicacies!

 

Courtesy of the Greek National Tourism Organisation www.visitgreece.gr

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