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NOMOS GREVENON - GREVENA Grevená


This description provides information of ancient sites, seaside resorts, churches, monasteries, landscapes and small towns and villages. Additional details can be found in various books printed on Greece, such as the 'Blue Guide to Greece.' The names of places conform to the accented Greek pronounciation which would be the one a traveller would face upon a potential visit.

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Nomos Grevenon

The Canton of Grevená, is the southwestmost part of Macedonia, situated among rolling hills and mountains of the Pindos range. Inside this area is the National Pindos Forest, comprising land with an area of 700000 ares or about 20000 acres. Rich in forests, flora and fauna, the forest also includes the peaks of Mavrovouni (Black Mountain) and Lyngos.

This area is one of the newest cantons in Greece as it was founded in 1964! Belonging to ancient Macedonia, this area has seen residents since ancient times. Excations have found tools and material dating back to about 3000 BC and Thoukidides wrote about the place as well. In recent times, the Grevená area was used as a stepping stone for the war against the Turks, when Thódoros Ziákas drew the line and faced the 15000 strong Turkish army with just 1000 Greeks in the town called Speéleo.
Transport
Bus: There is a daily bus from Athens, which takes 8 hours (info: 01/5126833) while from Thesaloniki, it takes 4 hours and there is more than one daily bus(info: 031/522161). Local bus services connect Grevená with Kozáni, Tríkala, Kardítsa and Lárisa (Info: 0462/ 22242).

VOUNASA
The Monastery of Zavórdas, of Nikánoros and Assumption of the Virgin Mary. The catholic of the first monastery was built in the Byzantian rhythm.

GREVENA
Many stone bridges criss cross the rivers including some wonderful examples in Aziz-Agá, Tríkomi, Spanou, Venetikó and many other smaller ones.

SAMARINA
This village holds a unique place in Greece because it lies at the highest altitude, 1420 meters, and offers beautiful views of the area. It is also a steping stone for those that hike the Smólikas mountain, which is 2600 meters in height and also is the site of a beautiful lake, Drakolímni.

SPILEO
Ancient ruins, walls and funeral areas as well as byzantine monasteries adorn this village.

PERIVOLI, DESKATI
Hotels, restaurants and tavernas compsise the interesting parts of these villages. The view of the forest in unique!

GREVENA
Anesis, 0462/ 22676
Miliotis, 0462/ 23223
Aigli, 0462/22471
Mitropolis, 0462/28085
DESKATI
Macedonia, 0493/31288
Kambounia, 0493/ 31555
PERIVOLI
Perdika, 0462/74204 (May-Oct)
Rooms for rent
These exist in Ziaka, Megaro, Polyneri, Samarina, Smiksi and Spileo. Just arrive at a village and ask at the local 'Kafenio.'

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