Travel to Edessa, the water state of Greece
On the banks of the Edessa River and on the ruins of the ancient city of Longos, is Edessa, the capital of Pella, a city of great natural beauty and an important historical and cultural center of central Macedonia. Located on the edge of the fertile plain, which crosses the Edessa river and its tributaries and between plains and imposing mountains, Edessa is completely identified with the water, as its imposing waterfalls and canals with running water compose its special profile and make it a tourist destination of special experiences.
Begin the acquaintance with the city from its impressive waterfalls, which are considered the largest in the Balkans, revealing the eternal power of nature and giving breath to the whole city.Through a cloud of water vapor, Karanos waterfall dominates imposingly among age-old plane trees, while the waterfall park and the Water Museum with the multiple activities they offer to everyone, become a living open-air history museum and an attractive meeting and recreation area.
In the park with the small waterfalls, the live pulse of the city beats, between bridges, cafes and taverns, while the beautiful mansions of Macedonian architecture in the Varosi district reveal their aristocratic character, in the most authentic part of Edessa. The narrow cobbled alleys lead to atmospheric small squares and glades with unrestricted views to the plain, but also to the old metropolitan of the Assumption of the Virgin and the church of Saints Peter and Paul with interesting frescoes. The relics at the archeological site of Loggos reveal the glorious past of the city, while an excursion to the nearby wetlands of Agra, Nisi and Vritta, or to the stone settlement of the old Agios Athanasios, as well as to the impressive lake Vegoritida, will guarantee you a remarkable travel experience.
Food and local cuisine
The area of Edessa is famous for its excellent quality local products, which complete its rich and varied gastronomic scene. Try the local specialties like tsoumpleki, (meat in the hull with vegetables and plums), koukouloto (pork with peppers, leeks and cheese), a wide variety of grilled meats, soups and pies in various variations and the famous Bodena cherries. From deserts stand out the jar sweets and the cherry jams, the syrups (revani and flutes with cream), compostes and liqueurs, that will excite you.
When to visit Edessa
Visit Edessa at any time of the year. Ideally recommended in spring and summer, due to the mild temperatures and cool climate. In winter, combine the trip with excursions to the nearby ski resort in Kaimaktsalan.
When to visit Edessa
Moving from/to Edessa
Go to Edessa by road, by private car, intercity KTEL buses and by train, with the city being connected to Thessaloniki and the other cities of Greece through frequent itineraries.
Transportation in Edessa
The pedestrian center of Edessa and the routes along the rivers of the city are ideal for bicycle use, which with its economic and ecological character is gaining ground in the preferences of the locals. Alternatively use a public transport, city buses or taxis, while Edessa is also suitable for walking routes.