Despite its name, Drama is not flashy. After you gaze up at Mount Falakro (Bald Mountain), allow the warm and hospitable locals to initiate you into its attractions. In Agia Varvara park, bubbling springs flow into canals and ponds, watering ancient trees and reminding you of nature’s pure beauty. The watermills and tobacco warehouses of the past will return you to the innocence of yesteryear. Unpretentious and genuine, Drama will help you rediscover the simple pleasures during your holidays in Macedonia.
What to do in Drama
Kato Nevrokopi… Travel to … -200C
Every winter night the weather report in Greece lists the coldest places in the country and Kato Nevrokopi is invariably at the top, earning it the nickname, the Siberia of Greece. The wind freezes everything, the wood-burning stoves are constantly on but the people are warm and friendly. After all, the area’s other claim to fame, the local potato, loves the cold. Try some with the area’s delectable soutzoukakia, skewered spicy meatballs.
Karantere, a living monument
The view before you seems to have escaped from some fairy tale: 70,000 hectares of exuberant vegetation on the Bulgarian border in Macedonia. The red fir trees that dominate this amazing forest can reach heights of 60m. The locals call it Karantere, foresters call it an “authentic and unique” natural monument and you’ll call it an incredible experience.
Angitis cave and the underground river
Water flowing down the Kato Nevrokopi valley disappears into the ground for a dark and unknown journey, only to reappear at this hidden exit to resume its course down to the plain. You are at the mouth of Angitis cave. Partially unexplored, this rare underground river watered a landscape once inhabited by mammoths and rhinos.
Drama’s movie festival in Northern Greece
Every September, drama comes to Drama in the form of the International Short Film Festival. Established in 1978, the festival brings cinema lovers from all over Greece and abroad and the proposition becomes even more attractive with the addition of photography, painting and sculpture exhibitions, book presentations, concerts and cinema workshops.
Images of Drama
Hidden gems of Drama
If you want to celebrate the rites like a local, come to the area during the 12 days of Epiphany. That’s when the local villages around Drama stage Dionysian rites involving disguises, dancing, singing and giant bells.
Fraktou’s virgin beauty
How many places on the planet are still pristine? One of them is the primaeval forest of Fraktou in Drama. Listed as a natural monument since 1980, it is the most important of the three remaining primaeval forests in Europa and the second largest in area.
The Pyrgos-Petroussa Gorge
In this corner of Northern Greece, you’ll take a majestic walk in the shade of two sheer rockfaces. The gorge starts at the village of Pyrgos and proceeds to where the slopes of Mt Falakro become practically vertical. It meanders some 12km between high rocks and dense flora, and is a refuge for a wealth of wildlife species. An amazing experience.