Thessaloniki to Lake Plastira – Private Day Trip
Thessaloniki to Lake Plastira | Private Day Trip
With Luxury Car: For 1 to 4 persons: 280€
With Luxury Minivan: For 5 to 8 persons: 560€
With Luxury MiniBus: For 9 to 15 persons: 750€
Departure Time from Thessaloniki at 09:00
Returns to original Pick up point at 19:00 (approx.)
The program of the excursion can be adjusted always according to the requirements of the passengers.
Thessaloniki to Lake Plastira – Private Day Trip
A feast for nature lovers and adventure seekers.
An artificial lake in perfect harmony with nature, embraced by picturesque villages, fir forests and the imposing Agrafa mountain range
A miracle of both man and nature, Lake Plastira is one of the biggest artificial lakes in Greece and, framed by the fir-tree peaks of the Agrafa mountains, one of the most beautiful. You’ll enjoy biking around the lake, kayaking, rock climbing and hiking, horseback riding and 4×4 adventures, providing the very best of the region of Thessaly. Taste authentic local flavours and wines, relax in cosy stone guesthouses with views of the lake and explore old monasteries and historic villages. Lake Plastira is not just a winter destination. There are plenty of reasons to visit, any season of the year.
What to do in Lake Plastira
A man-made marvel
A Greek general, later prime minister, Nicholas Plastiras, had the idea in 1928. Years later, the dam and the lake became a reality and he became its ‘godfather’. Although modesty never permitted him to say so, the lake was his gift to future generations… blue water, beaches and fir trees, with people enjoying the landscape in every possible way.
Travelling around the lake: Villages and views
The road around the lake’s perimeter is a montage of beautiful images. Along the route (70km), you’ll enjoy all the most important sights of the area. You can divide it into sections and see it in two or three days. Begin at Kalivia Pezoulas, near the centre of the lake. From here, you can reach two of the loveliest villages in this corner of Greece, Neraida and Filakti.
A “lake” of activities
Lake Plastira is the perfect location for mountain sports and all sorts of outdoor activities, such as biking, horseback riding, canoeing, water bicycling, paragliding and sailplaning. You can also try skiing at the small resort of Karamanoli or crossing the impressive ‘Grand Stream’ canyon. Bring your own equipment or rent from the many adventure companies in the area. Onwards and upwards!
Historic monasteries built of faith and stone
Carved into the steep vertical rock, the Monastery of Panagia Pelekiti is one of the most impressive attractions in the area. It has two churches, Analipseos and Panagias, both built in 1640. Petras Monastery is even older (1553) and its altar resembles those of the monasteries of Mt Athos. Korona (‘Crown’) Monastery will remind you of a castle and from its high vantage point, you’ll admire the glorious surroundings. Its murals were painted in 1587 and its altar, with its ornate wooden iconostasis, dates back to the 16th century.
Romantic hideaways and villas or rooms to rent, fully equipped to accommodate families and groups of friends, await you in villages such as Kalyvia Pezoulas, Kastania, Kryoneri, Lambero, Belokomitis and especially Neohori. You’ll find beautiful stone guesthouses with all modern comforts, fireplaces, lake views, cafes and restaurants.
The local cuisine
Enjoy grilled and stewed meat, trout cooked over charcoal and other traditional dishes, complemented by Messenikolas wine (a fine vintage). The stone tavernas at Kalyvia Pezoulas, Belokomitis and Neohori, in the region of Tsardaki, are famous for their good food and hospitable atmosphere. In the morning and afternoon, you’ll enjoy a leisurely coffee while basking in the sun next to the lake.
Hidden gems of Lake Plastira
The wineries and wine museum
Messenikolas is one of three villages that cultivate the red-grape variety Black Messenikolas. There are wineries in the area that you can visit and, at the Wine and Vineyard Museum, you’ll learn everything there is to learn about local production.
The botanical garden of Neohori
On the western side of the lake, near Neohori, there is a beautiful botanical garden. Over an area of 10 hectares, it offers a compelling journey not only around this particular ecosystem but also the flora of Greece as a whole.
Villages near the lake
It’s worth taking a stroll in the lake’s nearby villages: Fylakti, with its lovely town square, is perfect in the summer, and Lambero, Kryoneri (with its pretty Ai-Giorgis chapel) and Kastania await nestled amongst the firs.
Thessaloniki to Lake Plastira – Private Day Trip | Description
- Pick up and drop off service from your hotel in Thessaloniki
- Transportation by air-conditioned V.I.P. car or mini van
- Professional chauffeur (English-speaking)
- Wifi on board (free)
- Bottle of water and coffee during the route (free)
- After the trip you will receive with email edited photos and a small video of your trip.
- Gratuities (optional)
- Guide who speaks your language
- Entrance fees
- Participants under the age of 12 must have a parent or guardian.
- Because there are many sights worth seeing but a day trip is not enough to visit all of them, before starting the trip we will present to you all possible sights to choose what you are more interest for.
- There are many beautiful sights. You are encouraged to bring a camera along. But if you don’t… we have a camera for you!
- Weather will not affect the operation of the tours.
- However if canceled due to unfavorable weather conditions, you will be given the option of an alternative date
- Pick up from your hotel in Thessaloniki
- Departure time: 09:00 am (approx.)
- Duration: 10 hours (approx.)
- Return details: Returns to original Pick up point
Thessaloniki to Lake Plastira! Let’s travel!
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