Agios Athanasios Pellas: a winter wonderland. Kaimaktsalan: a modern winter resort in Macedonia. Kaimaktsalan: one of the most modern ski resorts in Greece, at an altitude of almost 2,500m. The combination is one of a kind. A luxury winter holiday destination suffused with style, high quality service and glorious mountain views. When you add in the important sights in the area, it’s easy to understand why this has quickly become a favoured snow-capped locale. Whether you’re a ski aficionado, a foodie, an adrenaline junkie, or you simply want to bask in the wild beauty of Macedonia nature, this place is for you.
What to do in Agios Athanasios
Agios Athanasios Pellas: A cosmopolitan revival of a traditional settlement
An excellent example of tasteful residential development and the epitome of understated elegance. Once an abandoned village dug into the mountain at an altitude of 1,200m, Agios Athanasios Pellas was listed as a ‘traditional’ settlement in 1992 its new fairy tale life began. Today it is among the most up-and-coming, popular and rapidly growing winter destinations in Macedonia, with traditional local architecture, sloping rooftops, cobblestone streets and high standards of service.
Travel to Kaimaktsalan: Ski in, hang out
A favourite destination for ski lovers, Kaimaktsalan is the only ski resort in Greece where a skier can reach an altitude of 2,480m. It keeps long hours, has incredible snow quality and the landscape of the eastern foothills of Mt Voras will blow your boots off. Kaimaktsalan (meaning white peak) has trails for all levels, from bunny to advanced, a chalet, ski and snowboard schools and equipment rental to suit all your alpine needs.
Pella: Ancient treasures of Macedonia
The grande dame of Macedonian cities, ancient Pella was discovered in a land that still hides treasures. The plain is scattered with Macedonian tombs and the remnants of ancient settlements. Gold coins and jewellery are buried in the fields, graves and ravines.
Aridaia’s hot springs: Nature’s elixir
Who wouldn’t want to soak in these thermal springs? The natural warm pools are found among beautiful streams, waterfalls and snow-laden branches of pine. It’s the ultimate spa of nature, with the mist rising around you from the mineral springs. Aridaia is all this and more: walking in the gorge, rock climbing and mountain hiking. Everything is possible at Pózar Thermal Baths. All you have to do is make your dream holidays in Macedonia a reality!
Hidden gems of Agios Athanasios
In Macedonia, where Mt Voras and Mt Vermio meet the mountain basin of Agra, there is an unknown and yet very important wetland, with more than 250 different bird species have been observed here. A short distance from Edessa makes it a paradise easily within reach.
The Archangel of Mt Paiko
They call it the Archangel. At 700m above sea level it took its name from the monastery of 1858. One of the most significant attractions in the area, the Archangel of Mt Paiko stands out for its architecture and is the starting point for all alpine routes in the Paiko mountains, as well as exotic Tzenas.
The little church of Profitis Ilias
The 1½ hour walk from the ski resort to the little church of Profitis Ilias, at the summit of Mt Kaimaktsalan, is an experience in itself. At an altitude of 2,524m, the third highest point in Greece, the church is a World War One memorial to the fallen Serbs and was built with war debris found in the area. Take a deep breath and feel the incredible power of the area.