Waterfalls within a town? Travel to Macedonia and experience the magic of water. You’ll be charmed by these little miracles sculpted by the Edesseos River. As you wander, you’ll come to the open-air Water Museum, the only one of its kind in Greece. Here you’ll be introduced to the force that once powered looms and mills, Edessa’s industrial base.
A glorious past of Byzantine churches and Macedonian houses unfolds around you as you stroll through Varosi. Back in the present, the city will entertain you in the evening at Katarraktakia (Little Waterfalls) and feed you local delicacies in Flamouria. The town’s gifts flow forth unchecked. Simply enjoy it like a glass of clear, cool water.
What to do in Edessa
Edessa: A city with waterfalls, plane trees and water nymphs
Follow the Edesseos River, also known as the Botha, and its tributaries flowing through this Macedonian town. You’ll discover seven waterfalls, but one in particular will stick out. Famous Keranos drops 70m among plane trees that were young centuries ago. You’ll be spellbound as the magical mist envelops the verdant park, especially when lit up at night. Some swear they can see a water nymph at play in the tumbling waters. What about you? Travel to this magical destination in Northern Greece and find out!
Historic springs at the open-air Water Museum
Edessa’s industry was water-powered. Mills of all kinds, looms and six factories operated here in the 19th century, bringing prosperity to the town. The force that drove them all is commemorated in the museum, the city’s most fascinating attraction. Don’t forget to visit the Giannakis watermill with its aquarium and reptile house. It is the first in Greece to have fresh-water fish as well as snakes, turtles, eels, crabs and even baby crocodiles. The water creatures will brighten your day, and welcome you to Edessa!
Images of Edessa
A trip to aristocratic Varosi
This is a hillside neighbourhood full of grand old houses in the Macedonian architectural style. Old (14th-century) Byzantine churches with interesting frescoes, such as the church of the Dormition of the Virgin and the church of Saints Peter and Paul accentuate the special atmosphere of the place.
Katarraktakia: small waterfalls and a big party
The neighbourhood with all the little waterfalls is the heart of the city. Young people gather here to have fun and the noise they make gives the falling water a run for its money. Mini bridges in the greenery, cafes and tavernas near the river, create a delightful setting in northern Macedonia. The locals claim that there are 71 bridges, large and small, in Edessa. Walk around and count them all.
Hidden gems of Edessa
Longos archaeological site
Ancient houses, shops, column capitals and tic-tac-toes scratched into the streets are among the remnants of ancient Edessa. You’ll find them among the fertile fields of Longos that will introduce you to the past of this picturesque city in Northern Greece.
Just 8km away from the city of Edessa lies the unique wetland of Lake Agra. Here again, water is the star and rare bird species live in the surrounding reeds.
Time to get moving
Looking for an adrenalin rush? You’ve come to the right place. Try base jumping from Psilos Vrahos (Tall Rock). Want something a little more sedate? Try horse riding through the ancient city and waterfalls, cycling round town, hiking in the surrounding Gavaliotisa woods, hill 606 and the Agra wetlands, or just walk around town. In Macedonia, the action never stops – and Edessa is determined to prove that to you.