Kozani | The saffron capital of Greece

Life in the Macedonian town of Kozani unhurried and uncomplicated. Its library has been slowly growing for four centuries and now rivals the National Library in Athens for its rare and valuable works. Discovering its other charms is simply a matter of walking the classic promenade, visiting Servia and its miniature ‘Grand Canyon’ or walking over the bridge at Lake Polyfytou. This laid-back corner of northern Greece overflows with beauty. Try to go in October for the saffron harvest when the purple crocuses are in flower. 

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Around Kapesovo & Tsepelovo | Zagorochoria (in photos)

One of my most favourite summer destinations in Greece is Zagorochoria. This summer I visited Kapesovo and Tsepelovo. Both villages are well-preserved, with beautiful traditional houses and narrow pedestrian alleys. Places that are interesting to visit are, Paschalios school, Kapesovo Scale, a well-known long cobblestone path that connects Kapesovo with Vradeto. This scale is the largest and most well-preserved in Zagorochoria. Other places to visit, close to Kipoi are the Kalogeriko Bridge, the Kokkori Bridge and the Lazaridis plant museum.

Tsepelovo is the largest village in central Zagori, about 50 km from Ioannina. The places that you should definitely visit is the Grave of Ioannis Vilaras, and the church of Saint Nikolaos. From the village a walking path leads to Drakolimni, the famous lake of unique beauty that is located on the top of Timfi mountain. Read more...

Penteli Waterfall

penteli waterfall

Last weekend, thanks to our reader Vassilis Karamaounas, we discovered a unique paradise not far from Athens. The Penteli Waterfall (near Drafi) is just 5 minutes walking from the main road where you are going to park your car. 

The area is quite small with no shadows except one from a dense tree. If you plan to have a picnic in the area, take an umbrella. The sun gives amazing colors in the water though. The water is pure and deep so that kids can even swim. One picture is worth a thousands words…Enjoy! Read more...