A winter getaway in the north ; 3-5 Pigadia & Naoussa

A winter getaway in the north ; 3-5 Pigadia & Naoussa

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The options of where to go in Greece are seemingly endless, and they all look great. Whatever you’re after, a holiday in Greece has something for everyone, it’s just a question of knowing where to look! If you ever thought that Greece is a destination only worth-visiting during summertime, well, I’m here with this article to prove you definitely wrong.

If you’re traveling in the Northern Greece and you consider yourself a "snow or nature aficionado", then get ready to keep some notes! After exploring the majestic and at the same time traditional beauty of Agios Athanasios and Kaimaktsalan, then Naoussa -which can be found in a close proximity- and the snow resort of 3-5 Pigadia, are sure not to be missed!

3-5 Pigadia

The ski center 3-5 Pigadia is situated 108km away from Thessaloniki, and only a few km away from the town of Naoussa. Once there, you will find yourself in a lovely natural environment that includes 7 lifts, 10 tracks and installations for artificial snow. At an elevation ranging from 1,430 to 2,005 m, the snow resort of 3-5 Pigadia, boasts some of the most modern snow facilities that can be found in Greece. Ideal for the adrenalin junkies, the ski resort includes a variety of ski tracks for each degree of difficulty; from cross country ski runs (langlauf) to elevated and baby lifts.

3-5 Pigadia ski center
3-5 Pigadia ski center
3-5 Πηγάδια, Νάουσα 592 00, Ελλάδα
Picture © Credits to istock/ Giorgos Kritsotakis
Picture © Credits to istock/ Giorgos Kritsotakis

Since the beginning of ‘80s, "Pigadia" has been established as a centre of preparation of athletic teams, mainly because of its marvellous climate and exceptional natural environment. The athletic infrastructures include a football field, gym, indoor heated swimming-pool, sauna and other auxiliary installations.

Naoussa

Once in the area and after having visited the ski resort mentioned above, you shouldn’t miss out on exploring the municipality’s capital, Naoussa.  The city used to be quite popular, since it enjoyed great prosperity, constituting for centuries a significant textile center. It is said to be one of the most beautiful cities of the north, built in the Eastern fringes of the imposing mountain, Vermion. What makes Naoussa unique, is the fact that it combines the beauty of nature and simplicity with the astonishing mountain views and altitude, offering that way a rich mesh of extreme sports &  activities to its visitors. While there, you should definitely enjoy the traditional neighbourhoods and sights of the city, by beginning at the Municipal Park, that can be found right at the entrance of the city! Of course, the city offers a variety of bars, typical restaurants and taverns that will definitely please your appetite at the end of the day! 

Municipal park of Naoussa
Municipal park of Naoussa
Δημοτικό Πάρκο Νάουσας, Μεγ. Αλεξάνδρου 22, Νάουσα 592 00, Ελλάδα
Picture © Credits to istock/ Electrofear
Picture © Credits to istock/ Electrofear

Edessa

Last but not least, if you’re looking for an extra recommendation, then Edessa should also be added to your list! Edessa, also known as the city of the “waters”, is a city in northern Greece and the capital of the Pella regional unit, in the Central Macedonia region of Greece. The city is known for its stunning rivers and waterfalls, while its name, literally means “tower/city in the water”. If you’re a fan of outdoor activities and extreme sports, then Edessa is the place to be! Edessa offers plenty of activities, such as trekking, horse riding and archery. In addition, those who feel more adventurous can even try rafting!

Edessa's waterfalls
Edessa's waterfalls
Έδεσσα 582 00, Ελλάδα
Picture © Credits to istock/ Konstantinos Lagos
Picture © Credits to istock/ Konstantinos Lagos

What makes Greece unique is the variety of altitudes that can be found within the country. Yes, we do have amazing beaches and a loot of islands, but we also do have a lot of mountains and high-altitude destinations...

Forget about planning your “upcoming summer holiday” and challenge yourself to pack for a different, "out of the box" winter holiday in Greece!

Cover Picture © Credits to istock/  Gatsi

The author

Chrisa Lepida

Chrisa Lepida

My name is Chrisa and I come from Greece. As nature lover, winter sports addict and Erasmus obsessed, I’m always writing about these topics.

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