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CONTENTS
ALISTRATIS CAVE
AGGITIS RIVER GORGE
LAKE KERKINI
AMFIPOLIS
LAILIAS FOREST
SPAS
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FOLK ART EVENTS
SERRES SPEEDWAY
 
Serres - The town
Alistratis Cave
Aggitis River Gorge
Lake Kerkini
Amfipolis
Lailias Forest
Anastenaria, Religious ritual involving a searing dance across hot coals
A wetlands area of enormous importance, protected by the RAMSAR Convention, with a huge variety of vegetation, hundreds of bird species, waters teeming with fish and numerous species of mammals, reptiles and amphibians. Undoubtedly the richest wetlands in Greece from an ornithological viewpoint, with more than 300 species of birds and the largest colonies of heron, cormorant and other species in the southern Balkans and the most important winter nesting site for the silver pelican in all of Europe. It also has the greatest area of water covered by water-lilies, while around the lake live the greatest number of water-buffalo in Greece (about 500).
Visitors can enjoy guided tours on and around the lake, while the Environment Centre in the village of Kerkini has created a fine infrastructure with observation posts, field glasses, etc. for their use. The lake is located 37 km. north of Serres and can be reached by road and rail.
(Information, Tel.: +30 23270 28004, +30 6944437995)
An area of great archaeological significance, Amfipolis has yielded rich finds (ancient walls, ancient wooden bridge, Roman villa) which evidence its importance throughout the centuries. The recently built Archaeological Museum with some fine exhibits complements the actual sites. Amfipolis is 55 km. south of Serres near the mouth of the Strymonas river. It is easily reached by road and rail.
(Information, Tel.: +30 23220 32474)
The Lailias Forest lies 25 km. from Serres, high in the Vrontos mountain range. A true shrine to nature's beauty with rich flora and fauna. The forest is ideal for both summer tourism, with its marvellous hiking and footpaths, as well as winter tourism, with its ski centre where local, national and international competitions are held annually.
(Information, Tel.: +30 23210 58783)