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Wandering in the mountains of Kaimaktsalan

Relaxation, wellness, contact with nature and culinary delights; wintertime in the Greek mountains is magnificent.

Wandering in the mountains of Kaimaktsalan

Relaxation, wellness, contact with nature and culinary delights; wintertime in the Greek mountains is magnificent.

Snow always falls very early on Kaimaktsalan. After all, it is the third highest mountain in Greece situated at the northernmost point. As a result, its ski resort which is the highest in the country, attracts many winter sport lovers. Especially on weekends. It is also an ideal place for less sporty types as it has acquired excellent tourism infrastructure in recent years. The mountain villages – Paleos Agios Athanasios, Arnissa, Panagitsa and others – are welcoming hubs of real hospitality and culinary enjoyment. Here they are always serving the famous Macedonian dishes in their authentic form and come in hearty quantities. There are also small bars, cafes and pastry shops in the villages all with lit fireplaces and a very relaxing atmosphere. On a Sunday afternoon, when visitors from Thessaloniki and other cities of northern Greece go back home, the mountain returns to its… even more relaxed pace.

Prophet Elias Chapel on the top of Mount Voras, Kaimaktsalan. © Raphael Zoumis, @raphael_zoumis

The Kaimaktsalan Ski Center is the highest in the country.

> Mount Kaimaktsalan, or Voras comprises a rich ecosystem. Small raptors and rare birds nest under its peaks. Forests with oak, beech, fir and pine trees spread out into the dense valleys.
> A very good option for accommodation is the Kaimak Inn Spa & Resort, with stylish fireplaces, romantic decoration and a wonderful outdoor heated jacuzzi.
> At the taverna Petros in Palaios Agios Athanasios (+30 23810 31795) you will find authentic lachanosarmades (cabbage rolls with meat and rice), fasoulotarvades (a bean based meal cooked in a pot) and a delicious lamb casserole,
whereas at Petrino in Panagitsa (+30 23810 34033) they serve traditional dishes from Constantinople like the exquisite soutzoukakia (spicy meatballs in tomato sauce).

The stylish Kaimak Inn Spa & Resort.

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