Lagadas Spas & Amphipolis
Lagadas Spas & Thermal Springs
Taking Egnatia Odos highway and in less than 25km you will reach Lagadas Spas & Thermal Springs. Their existence is dated back to the Byzantine years and it is easily noticeable from the dome of a bath from 900 AC. The spring water is at temperature of 39 degrees C and is suitable for hydrotherapy and drinking therapy for diseases such as bone diseases, rheumatic and gynecological problems, malfunctions of digestive, urinary and nervous system etc. The facilities comprise common and private baths, indoor and outdoor pools, hamams, massage rooms, body and facial treatment rooms, hotel, restaurant and many others. For more information you can visit the official website of Lagadas Spas & Thermal Springs.
Volvi Lake & Rentina Straits
Volvi Lake is the second largest natural lake in Greece, with an area of approximately 68 sq.km. and a maximum depth of 20-23 m. The lake hosts a very large number of waders and aquatic birds (248 species have been observed), which the visitor can admire from a nearby observatory. Moreover, there have been recorded 23 and 21 species of mammals and fishes, respectively and 800 species of plants, which results in the wetlands’ protection from the “Ramsar International Convention”.
Rentina Straits (or Macedonian Tempi) are located at the east side of Volvi Lake and they are formed from the edges of Holomontas and Kerdylia mountains and they are traversed in their entire length of 8km from the river Richeio. In the beginning of the valley you can also see the castle of Rentina which controlled the movement of goods and troops during the Roman years but for the moment the archaeological site remains closed for the public. Macedonian Tempi is an area of outstanding natural beauty with very dense vegetation and offers to its visitor the opportunity for outdoor, agrotouristic and recreation activities like horse riding, mountain bike, hiking, trekking etc.
Stavros & Asprovalta
Stavros & Asprovalta are two seaside towns and famous tourism destinations, mainly attracting people from Balkans and Germany. Both Stavros and Asprovalta are located in the banks of Strymonikos Gulf and are awarded with the Blue Flag. In the area you will be able to find numerous hotels, restaurants, beach bars and other tourist facilities.
Amphipolis was founded by the Athenians in 437 BC for economic and strategic reasons, which is proved by the conflict with the Spartans for the city during the Peloponnesian War. However, a few years later in 422 BC the city acquires its autonomy and preserves it until Philip II, King of the Macedonian state occupies the city (357 BC). Amphipolis is inextricably linked with the history of the Macedonian Empire, being the city where Alexander the Great began his campaign against the Persians (334 BC), where his wife Roxanne and his son Alexander IV were murdered (310 BC), and where the Macedonian state lost any hope of resistance against the Romans (168 BC). The intense economic and social life of Amphipolis is reflected in the rich series of coins, pottery, sculptures and miniatures which are exposed in the Archaeological Museum of Amphipolis, among other exhibits from the prehistoric till the Roman era. Moreover, the excavations that took place in 1956 revealed sections of the city walls, public buildings and private residences, a large part of the cemetery (necropolis), sanctuaries and many others findings from the Roman, Early Christian and Byzantine years, which the visitor can admire in the extensive archaeological site.