It is an ideal destination for nature lovers or hikers. Visitors enjoy nature beauty in routes such as those that lead to the source of Goura or the clearing of Chiari. For the more adventurous, there is the Neraida and Kap Grass peaks (in 2.144 m. altitude) from where the view is exquisite.
Greece is a country with sunshine and high temperatures during the biggest part of the year.That is why in recent years the number of winter swimmers has been growing .
According to experts, if you want to burn more calories and increase your metabolism, winter swimming is an extremely effective way, because the body has to work harder to get used to low temperatures.
Swimming is considered a perfect cardiovascular exercise, strengthens the heart muscle and improves delivery of oxygen to all parts of the body. The keen swimmers have great strength and great flexibility, balance, posture and body is more resistant to patients.
Also, swimming in cold water makes our body to burn calories quickly.The air temperature is cooler than body temperature so it must "work overtime" to come into equilibrium with the environment. To achieve this requires much energy and many fuels. Thus, body is forced to burn much more calories and energy to cope, resulting in faster weight loss. Shivers in an cold pool or sea affect our metabolism, making it faster. The faster your metabolism, the faster the food is metabolized and burn calories avoiding the creation of fat stores in the body.
The habit of winter bathing test also tourists from abroad, particularly those who are familiar to low temperatures.
The specialists do not recommend swimming in icy cold water, as there are risks for hypothermia.
Between the towns of Veria and Naoussa ,in Northern Greece, there is a unique area for recreation called Aghios Nikolaos.This is a huge park that crosses the Arapitsa river.The area consists mainly of tall trees which spread generously shade to visitors who walk onto stone paved streets.
In the artificial lake live trouts ,ducks and geese. Peacocks, squirrels that frolic on the tree branches, pigeons and horses offer a unique view.The park train that circulates through the streets of the grove is a kids' and adults' attraction.
Original events based on the customs and old legends of Christmas live again in many Greek villages.Starring goblins who find the opportunity to thrashing the world during the period from Christmas to Epiphany, for the waters are not yet blessed.Their appearance is frightening, their mischief is indescribable and they are only afraid of fire.
In many regions of northern and central Greece appear disguises customs, which it is believe to be related to the goblins legends.The dressed-up people, called "Momogeri", or "Rogatsaria",they wear hides of animals (wolves, goats) or are dressed in traditional uniforms armed with swords. Τhey tour their village or in neighboring villages, sing and collect gifts.Particularly popular attraction is the "Festive war" between teams until one of them wins and the other declares allegiance.
Nia Vardalos(Antonia-Eugenia).Most of us know her from the successful film "My Greek fat wedding". Born in Canada, but hailing from Kalavryta and Laconia (Peloponese), she is married to Ian Gomez andclose friend of Tom Hanks
Jennifer Aniston.Her real name is Genovefa Anastasaki .Born in February 1969 in California,J.Aniston she declares proud od beeing Greek-american.Only a few people know that she had been living for oneyear in Greece before her family returned to USA.
Zach Galifianakis.He was born in 1969 in North Carolina.His father is of Cretan origin and he was baptised with the greek christian orthdox traditions.
Melina Kanakaredes.NY CSI's “Stella Βonasera” declares:"I'm proud of myGreek origi.That's why I didn't changed my name".
Costa Gavras.Originated from the Baths Iraia Arcadia(Peloponese), the Oscar winner ,Kostas Gavras,remains to this day the most successful diaspora Greek .He left its mark through a series of "political thriller", as he described his films for focusing the violent and repressive dictatorships.
Rita Wilson.She is popular In Greeks for two basic reasons.Her Greek origin and because she is married to T.Hawnks particularly famous in Greece.R.Wilson had a great cariere as actress and singer.
Billy Zane.His real name us Zanikopoulos and his family's roots are spotted in Sparta,(Peloponese) a place that he visits οften and is strongly bound to..
Maria Menounos.Daughter of Costas and Maria Menounos,she speaks Greek fluently.In2008 she won the title of the first American journalist that took interview from the whole Obama family.
Vasilis Polydouris.The famous film music composer admits that he is influenced by the the composer Miklos Rosa and this Greek Orthodox Christian origin.
The six lakes of Florina,in North western Greece : Little and Great Prespa, Zazari, Chimaditis, Petron and Vegoritida give rise to eco tours.
This is the region where they live three of the rarest animal species of Europe,the wolf , the bear and the otter.
The so called "City of florins" has become a classic winter destination mainly thanks its ski center and the wild beauty of nature that surrounds it. Florina inspired the famous film director Theo Angelopoulos who filmed there his movies "Landscape in the Mist" and "The Beekeeper."
The Church of the Panagia in Tinos is the most important pilgrimage for orthodox christians in Greece and one of the most important in the world.The so called Holy Church of the Annunciation was built on the site where was found the holly icon that millions of believers considere miraculous.
That is why it is covered by precious offerings from people from all over the world.All weekends and holidays Tinos (Cyclades islands complex) is full of pilgrims who express their love and gratitude to Virgin Mary.
Thanks to mild climate in Peloponnisos(Peloponese )and other areas in the south of Greece,many camping installations keep on functioning during the winter months.
Campers and caravans are equipped with heating and hot water.Many camping installations are in a short distance from sea or lakes so tourists can enjoy fishing and boating,or other activities such as organized excursions on bike .
Many camping installations have swimming pool,tennis and basketball courts.
MOUNT OF HELMOS - PELOPONISSOS TheHelmosisoneof the nicest andmost extensivemountainsof the Peloponnese,and beyond.Separated fromtheplainZiriaFeneouwhile the southjoins the Dourdouvanathesaddlehunter. The highestpeak isthe famousNeraidorahi2,238metersin height. The mountain isforestedandextremelyintenseegktakrymniseisprsdidounoneofthewildbeauty.Theancientname isAroania.
Some tourists choose to visit Skiathos during winter.The island is characterized by a poetic beauty, tranquility and romantism. The biggest part of it is covered by lush pine trees.There are paths for romantic strolls and hikes leading to monasteries and other historic monuments.
Skiathos is famous for its "tsipouro"production,a local drink .Tavern in the island called "tsipouradika'' serve the drink with local appetizers along .