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12 Breathtaking Waterfalls Close To The City Of Thessaloniki That Is Worth Visiting
The imposing and beautiful bridge of Paleokaria with its 2 artificial waterfalls stands there since the 16th century. It is a single arched stone bridge 26 meters long. The waterfall behind the bridge is 12 meters high and the falling water creates a beautiful image that causes awe.
The river that passes through the point is Paleokaritis and if we continue our route we reach the ravine of Paleokaria where a watermill operates until today.
The bridge of Paleokaria connected Thessaly with Epirus and was a busy route at that time, of course it is not used today. But we would say that it is a monument from the old days, perfectly harmonized with the natural landscape around it. The bridge is framed by steep high rocks with quite low vegetation and trees. In front of the bridge of Paleokaria there is a space that is offered for a short stay in the area. Many families and nature lovers choose this place for spring nature excursions or even to dine outdoors.
To visit the stone bridge you must follow the route from Pyli Trikalon to Stournareika. Before Stournareika, after the turn you meet a sign for Ropoto continue straight until you see after a few meters the signs for Ano – Mesi and Kato Paleokaria, follow these signs and immediately after the small bridge you will turn left on the dirt road (it has a sign) and in 100 meters you find the stone bridge of Paleokaria.
There are no shops for supplies in the area where the bridge is, so it is good to have the necessary supplies in advance for your trip. You can choose for food one of the taverns and grills that exist a short distance, in the settlement after the bridge, in the gorge of Paleokaria.
Just 5 minutes after the bridge of Paleokarya is the old watermill. It is worth visiting to see how the flour production process is done in a traditional way. The entrance to the watermill is free.
Also nearby is Ropoto Trikala, the village that is sinking.
Ropoto is slowly disappearing with the continuous landslides observed in recent years. A village near Trikala where a large number of houses have taken dangerous slopes and have been demolished, forcing many residents to live in makeshift structures. Cause of all this? The fragile background of the slope where half of the houses of the central settlement are built.
It all started in 2010 when the ground in the village began to recede and things got worse for the next two years after heavy rains resulting in most houses being destroyed.
To date, landslides have not stopped and it is estimated that more than 100 houses have been severely damaged. Before the landslide began, the village was inhabited by 800 people but now others live in makeshift huts without electricity and others are housed in relatives’ houses.
The waterfall of Agia Anna or Tsouka, about 20m high. is located in the Municipality of Nestori, near the village of Agia Anna, and is the largest of the Regional Unit of Kastoria.
Starting from Kastoria to Nestorio, at a distance of about 23km, near the village of Agia Anna is the Monastery of Taxiarches-Tsoukas, built in 1254. The waterfall is located below the monastery, in the gorge of Stenopotamos, a tributary of Aliakmonas.
The access to the base is made from the uniquely beautiful path 2.3 km that starts from the asphalt road.
The waterfall and the monastery are a favorite weekend destination for cyclists.
The waterfalls of Metamorfosi (Nefeli, Erato, Kallisto, Koronida) are a place of stunning beauty and in recent years have received thousands of visitors, not only from Greece but also from abroad.
Paths were opened and marked, bridges and benches were created, so that the pedestals would be accessible and accessible! All this in combination with other works in the context of a general effort to utilize the wider area!
The great waterfall of Enipeus, falling from a height of 38 meters, is located in the middle of the gorge of Enipeus in Pieria. Impressive slopes, dense vegetation, scenic wooden bridges, crystal-clear water ponds and small waterfalls make up a wonderful natural setting that enchants mountain-lovers.
In order to reach the waterfall, we follow the international path of E4 mountaineering routes, which crosses the gorge, passing through beautiful wooden bridges and meeting the Holy cave where St. Dionysios was exercising, and after twenty minutes we arrive at the Holy Monastery of Agios Dionysios. A few minutes away from this point, the path leads to the beautiful waterfalls of Enipeus that reward the visitor for the most beautiful view.
The Gorge starts at Litochoro, just at the foot of Mount Olympus, at an altitude of 320 meters and ends at 1100 meters above sea level, right at one of the points where climbers start to conquer the peaks.
The altitude difference between the two edges of the Gorge is 740 meters. and the total length of the trail is 9 kilometers.
The Orlia stream is basically a river that crosses the slope of Olympus, creating wonderful waterfalls and natural pools! Two of these waterfalls with their swimming pools are very easily accessible by car from Dion village.
There are signs that guide you, you leave the car near the chapel of Ag. Konstantinos and Eleni and follow the path leading to a waterfall, which creates a small pool is very comfortable accessible for all, while the big waterfall is lower just after the small waterfall and you have to walk through a path that is very easy to find and cross it.
He is taller and more imposing and also creates a lake, larger than the first and deepest. The water is frozen, but the experience of immersing in the crystal clear waters that you can mirror is incredible.
A trademark of Orlias, the Red Rock waterfall is located approximately in the middle of the gorge and is 20 meters high. We can reach it after 1 hour of hiking on the path that starts above the church of Agios Konstantinos, near Dion. It got its name from the intense red color of the rock where it falls.
Agia Varvara Waterfall is located in the mountainous area of Drama and belongs to the Trachonios – Dipotamon and Drymos Forest Complex (Lepida forest).
To go to the waterfall, we head north from Paranesti to Arkoudorema and after 7 km at the intersection of Prasinada, we follow the straight road to Dipotama, where at 6 km on the right we meet the waterfall of Agia Varvara. We will have to walk the path in the forest that leads to the waterfall, around 300 m.
The water of the waterfall comes from the stream of Barbara, which joins a little below the Waterfall with the stream of Arkoudorema. The forest species that exist around the wider area are Sklithra and Oak. Also in the water there are Trout with pink dots and freshwater crabs, as well as water snakes and dragonflies.
Those who visit the waterfall will have the opportunity to experience something special in nature and admire a beautiful landscape!
Waterfalls of Agia Varvara – A paradise of mountainous Halkidiki that a few years ago was unknown.
The water ends in Mavrolakas, the river that is the border of Olympiada-Varvara.
The surrounding area is a natural landscape of unsurpassed beauty with orchards, beeches and lindens. A pleasure of enjoyment in the heat of summer.
Going up from Olympiada (it is easier to get from there) you will meet a sign of Varvara Waterfalls on the right. From that point begins a downhill dirt road which is accessible by car and in fact has recently been opened.
At the end of the road you will find a wooden kiosk. There you can park the car.
There are two waterfalls, one on the left (Waterfall 1) which is about 320 m away and one on the right (Waterfall 2) which is about 280 m away.
Following the easily accessible path on the left you will find the first waterfall and a magical cool landscape.
For the second waterfall you will proceed to the path to the right of the kiosk. Following the path you will be able to admire the waterfall from above. If you want, you can go across, go down a ladder and see it from below, but the crossing point there is a bit dangerous and it is good to avoid the elderly or small children.
Waterfall 1. You only have to walk ten minutes on the relatively passable path. There is intense vegetation depending on the season but generally with the required care there is no particular danger. Of course, it is good to prefer sneakers or boots because a little climbing is necessary. The waterfall is visible from above and the view is impressive. The waters of the waterfall are crystal clear and icy. Do not miss the opportunity to cool off in its crystal clear waters. The base of the waterfall on the rock is the right place to have a picnic or to enjoy coffee or a snack that you should make sure to have with you.
Waterfall 2. The second waterfall of Varvara is in the opposite direction. Follow the path that also starts from the parking lot and will take you just above waterfall 2. It is not easy to see it but hear its roar. For the very brave there is a narrow strip of land and some grids next to the cliff but it certainly is not recommended at least from this point.
Flora and Fauna at the Waterfalls of Agia Varvara
Waterfalls of Agia Varvara is a true haven of rare natural beauty. A primitive forest of lindens, beeches, laurels and wild hazelnuts compose the landscape. Ivy climbs between them to reach the light. Crowds of forest birds such as blackbirds, cardinals, grouse and finches make their nests in the dense foliage. The wildlife is complemented by larger mammals such as foxes, badgers and weasels. Of course, reptiles such as lizards, snakes and turtles cannot be missing from such a habitat.
Do not miss a trip to the waterfalls, especially if you are in Thessaloniki or Halkidiki.
With 330 meters of total development, it rightly holds the first place. Its springs are located near the ridge of Tzoumerka at 1900m, while the vertical starts from 1750 to reach 1400 meters altitude
Kefalovriso: The miracle of nature in the mountainous area of Tzoumerka
Shocking pictures with running water.
If the mountain mass of Epirus is famous for something, it is definitely the picturesque villages that are nestled on its slopes and of course the majesty of nature that causes awe and admiration, both for the beauty of the landscape and for the incredible combination of peace that the images you see here exude, even if they are characterized by wild and at the same time extremely charming angles.
Without a doubt, nature is the best and most creative artist, something that is proved once again by the scene that one sees in the mountainous area of Tzoumerka, in the double waterfalls of Kefalovrisos.
One of the places that wins the impressions in the famous Tzoumerkochoria of Epirus and the waterfalls in Kefalovriso.
The breathtaking waterfalls in Tzoumerka
One of the most neighboring and old villages of Tzoumerka, the remote Melissourgoi, at a distance of about 70 km from Arta, is one of those villages that although the general public does not know, however, hides incredible surprises to its visitors. The reason for the greatness of nature that characterizes it, in its simplest and most unadulterated version.
On the slopes of Tzoumerka, and in the place of Kefalovriso, is found, perhaps, the highest waterfall in the country, as according to research its length exceeds 300 meters. In fact, as can be seen from the amazing shots of Epirustravel eu, these are two waterfalls that run through the steep and imposing vertical rocks of Tzoumerka, with one of them never freezing – something that led to the name “neroulas” . The second is more superficial, its waters come mainly from the melting of the ice, while during the summer it dries completely.
Kefalovryso: How to get there
To reach this point you have to take the path that passes through the Pramanton Mountain Refuge at an altitude of 1,260 meters, with the journey taking about an hour.
It is the largest waterfall in the Balkans and is easily accessible from the city of Xanthi. The interested party can only follow the road to Stavroupoli and from there with a strong ascent to go to the village of Livaditis, which is located at an altitude of 1300 meters.
From the exit of the village begins a path in an easterly direction which leads to one of the many bridges in the area. The forest road after 7 km and in a southeastern direction brings at a distance of 300 m. From the monumental waterfall of Trachoni (also known as the waterfall of Livaditis). To reach the waterfall, the visitor will need to hike on a gentle path, drowned in beeches, maples, ferns and lindens. Arriving at the waterfall, the spectacle is unique. The waters fall vertically from a height of about 60 meters with a terrible tide, giving rich vegetation in the crevices of the rocks. The location brings to mind the Naiads of ancient myths and the fairies of folk tales.
Folk tradition states that in the waters of Livaditis the “kalokyrades” (fairies) bathed, while in its caves they wove, on stone looms, the cobweb fairy. Here the Satyrs danced to the Dionysian rhythms. In these primitive forests echoed the songs of Orpheus, son of Musa Kalliopi and the god Apollo who enchanted with the guitar of the gods and people.
In winter, several times the waterfall freezes and the floating crystals break with a deafening noise, when the first hot days of spring catch. Around the waterfall there are suitable places that help visitors to enjoy the spectacle without danger.
From Paranesti we follow the road to Stavroupoli. After Neochori and before Dafnonas we turn left for Ano Karyofyto and Livaditi.
From Livaditis (1,200 m.) We follow the road to the forest village of Erymanthos. 5 km after Livaditis we meet a crossroads with a dirt road.
There we turn left on the dirt road and after 2 km we reach the parking lot and the beginning of the path to the waterfall.
We are at an altitude of 1,158 m. A little further a sign indicates the way to go down to the base of the waterfall
A perfect cycling destination in Pieria!
At a distance of about 35km from Katerini to the ski center is a waterfall unknown to many but of incredible beauty, from Elatochori is about 6km. Going up to the ski resort in an open right turn requires a little attention to see the dirt road that starts on the left of the road and there is a wooden sign. A few kilometers rugged but passable gravel road and you will see the normal sign: “Sotiri stream-waterfall”.
Another small climb less than 100 meters and you have arrived! The view in the hot summer freezes you -literally- your breath and the incomparable beauty of Pieria is indescribable! It is really worth visiting the place and if your heart tells you to take a bath.
The waterfall is small but the feeling is unique and in our opinion is one of the most beautiful places in Pieria.
The waterfalls of Edessa
A Park of Waterfalls
Waterfalls are considered as one of the most impressive natural phenomenon around the world. Enjoy a visit to Greece’s picturesque waterfall in Edessa town which happens to be the capital of Pella. The river forming this renowned Greek waterfall is Edessaios.
The city is filled with little bridges and the sound of running water will accompany your strolls around the town. The main volume of water was collected in a small basin in the west side of the city, up to the end of the 14th century, but due to a geological phenomenon the water changed course and crossed the city forming this spectacular waterfall; meanwhile numerous smaller sized rivers were created and the lake, where the water was once accumulated, eventually dried out. Many 17th and 18th century travelers described the city as built on a rock from which many waterfalls fell.
The area where you can take your snapshots of the waterfall today was for decades unreachable. The mesmerising view of the falls wasn’t accessible because of the steep slopes and the dense vegetation. The region started to take a touristic twist in 1942, during German occupation, when the locals built ponds and flowerbeds embellishing the city. The town was completely restored by the Municipality in the 60s.
The Park of the Waterfalls
Enjoy the view of a green setting filled with tall trees and flowerbeds, located at the northeasternmost part of the town. Karanos waterfall measures 70 metres in height and is the biggest one in Greece. Don’t miss a walk behind the huge water curtain, built for enjoying the magnificent views of the running water as well as of the fertile Macedonian plain that lays in front of you. At a lower level you’ll see the entrance to a cave, of great geological value, which is mostly covered by the falling water. Walk down the cobblestoned path where the water hits the rocks creating a double waterfall, known as Lamda falls, which end up in two bluish-green water pools. Finally, don’t miss a visit to the Open Air Water Museum and to the Aquarium.