For those who seek adventure and wild nature in their travels here is another suggestion in Western Macedonia. You drive approximately 185km from Thessaloniki or 410km from Athens, and there you will discover one of the most beautiful destinations in Greece.
I have been in these mountains (and in many around for which I will describe in other articles) and the nature is indeed majestic.
You can see lots of photos from Flickr, right here: http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=Grevena&w=all
I remember I was also driving last winter through Mont Blanc and I realized that in Grevena Greece the nature is exactly the same and embodied with the Greek spirit also. Huge forests and strong rivers and so much variety of different kinds of animals and plants. A place both for summer and winter, where it has to offer unparallel different experiences.
If you seek off-road experiences you will find them. Driving in valleys, hills full of black pine-tree forests, through peaceful traditional villages, tasting the famous hospitality and excellent food and wines.
The adventure seekers and photography lovers will meet many historical monuments, stone bridges, ponds, streams, wildlife and unique scenery. Local villagers will be more than happy to provide information for secret trails and paths. Prehistoric relics of a mammoth were also found here. Do that and then relax in beautiful chalets and go off for more. Perhaps for trekking, gliding and climbing as the area has all the physical facilities for this type of adventure. So, pack your 4 X 4 gear and feel the area.
The miracle of Valia Calda (translated as Warm Valley)
Valia Calda is the national park of Pindos and rich in pine and beech pine trees. It’s around 7000 hectares of which 3300 are the center of the forest and the rest the district zone of the forestry. I have been there and didn’t know that such a magnificent place exists inside Greece.
The place has tons of things to offer to nature and adventure lovers, as well to those who are wildlife and nature photographers.
Click this search query and enjoy more photos of Valia Calda from Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=valia+calda
If you care to stay some nice hotels in Grevena are:
- Vasilitsa Resort http://www.e-vasilitsa.gr/site/index.php
- Hotel Achillion http://www.hotelachillion.gr/
Of course there is also a good number of excellent small hotels and apartments in Grevena and the surrounding locations like Kalambaka. Do check Expedia, Booking.com or other channels for details and don’t forget to go through TripAdvisor to check further.