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Serres

 

Greece off the beaten track

Greece still has so many hidden corners: mountains where you can hike for hours without ever bumping into another human being, charming little villages where time seems to have come to a standstill, lakes that serve as a safe haven for some of the rarest bird species rather than motor boats… the list goes on and on.

 

Ano Poroia and Lake Kerkini

A perfect example is the village of Ano Poroia in the northern province of Serres, close to the border with Bulgaria. It is situated at the foot of Mount Belles, at an altitude of 400 m, from where it has sweeping views over Lake Kerkini that lies below it. The artificially created lake and the adjacent (nature protected) area support a rich bird population. Even though it has become quite well known among Greeks and a few modest tourist lodgings have opened near the lake, it is still definitely a destination that is off the beaten track.

Lake Kerkini is one of the few examples of a man-made intervention that has become a great ecological success. Dams built in the 1930s and in later years have broadened this lake and it now serves as a safe haven for 227 species of birds. In places the lake is covered with water lilies while amongst the forests along the riverside a wild herd of buffalo roams.

Small hotels and other special places to stay in Serres