… Live the Magic …
Located on the blessed land of Macedonia, between Thessaloniki and Kavala, the Municipality of Paggaio numbers 32,000 residents significantly increasing during the summer months.
Fantastic scenery and diverse topography makes the Municipality of Paggaio ideal for long vacations with plenty of recreation and sightseeing. An impressive 40-mile-long shoreline promises unforgettable summer holidays with many options ranging from bustling cosmopolitan beaches to quiet, secluded coves.
Nevertheless, visitors are pleasantly surprised by a multitude of blue flag awarded beaches across the full length of the municipality’s coastal zone. Modern accommodation facilities, hotels and rooms at very friendly rates are found at seaside settlements and communities such as Nea Iraklitsa with its quaint marina, Nea Peramos with its popular and idyllic Ammolofoi beach, the sparkling clean seas at Karyani and Ofrynio.
Furthermore, visitors will have the opportunity to savor fresh seafood, but also traditional delicacies accompanied by the exquisite local spirit (tsipouro) produced at local distilleries surrounded by lush vineyards and olive groves. A rich grape and wine production is supported by many local winegrowers who bottle and export exquisite wines and “tsipouro” from their own wineries.
The western part of the beach is crowned by the Byzantine Walls of Christopolis which was built on the ruins of the Ancient Town of Ion, the City of Nine Roads, the port of Amphipolis in later times. The beach also serves as the starting point for two mountain-climbing paths at Paggaio Mountain, where visitors can enjoy nature and take a close look at the mines of Thucydides or Alexander the Great. Gourmands, and not only they, will have the opportunity to purchase locally produced “tsipouro”, olives and the famous Ofrynio almonds.
Southern villages On the southern part of Paggaio Municipality, Prefecture of Kavala, beautiful traditional hamlets featuring stone-built houses, mansions and traditional stone springs offer good accommodation and serve as springboards for short excursions in the surrounding area. Mesoropi and Moustheni, located at an altitude of 350 meters, are defined by the natural sounds of babbling brooks and cool breezes.
Mesoropi is a traditional hamlet with stone water-springs and bridges. The “Mesoropi path” leads to uniquely beautiful nature dotted by fascinating gorges and waterfalls, but also to a cave hiding a lake with frozen water.
A visit to the local castles is a journey back in time; Vranokastro of Palaiochori and the castle of Nea Peramos; the Anaktoroupoli as well as the Byzantine towers like the tower in Folia which features a rich Folklore Museum.
Religious Tourism The Monastery of Panagia Eikosifoinissa, located in a lush area on the northern part of Paggaio, is undoubtedly a pole of attraction for everyone visiting the area. The monastery, which was built in 518 A.D., attracts a large number of pilgrims who also take the opportunity to feast their eyes on the amazing wood carvings gracing the high altar.
A large number of monasteries and churches in the area are fine examples of Byzantine and Popular Art in architecture, sculpting and iconography.
The mountain mass of Paggaio and its peaks are beckoning adventurers and aficionados of hunting, trekking and climbing. There are several shelters, while signed paths take visitors over traditional arched bridges to wooded areas dotted with brooks and waterfalls, such Nivrios.
Located at most one hour away from neighboring prefectures, this blessed land is rewarding year-round and ideal for day-long escapades. The local art, architecture and natural beauty that defines the area’s hamlets attract many visitors who have plenty of opportunity for pilgrimage, trekking, spending time near nature, but also good food and wine tasting at the local wineries.
The cultivation of olive trees and the production of excellent quality olive oil, extensive beekeeping and wine growing, as witnessed by the number of local wineries, offer memorable gastronomic experiences. The biblical wine, mentioned by Hesiod as an exquisite quality wine, has given the area the name of Biblical Country.
Paggaio Mountain and its many beauties are easily accessible mostly from the north since it is located at a short distance, barely one-hour drive, from the prefectures of Kavala, Serres, Drama and Thessaloniki (by Egnatia Road).
The Municipality of Paggaio wishes you a Pleasant Stay…