Choice of the Month: Drama

Fraktos Forest, Drama Prefecture, Greece - Photo: Sotiris Lambadaridis

Fraktos Forest, Drama Prefecture – Photo by Sotiris Lambadaridis

 

Drama is a land of valleys and mountains with alpine refuges and ski resorts. Glorious forests give home to flocks of birds. Fertile ground and tobacco plantations. Caves with enormous multicoloured stalactites. Rivers whose lyrical waters bubble gently.

Agia Varvara Waterfalls in Drama, Greece - Photo: Sotiris Lambadaridis

Agia Varvara Waterfalls in Drama –  – Photo: Sotiris Lambadaridis

 

Drama lies at the foot of Mount Falakro which is called the mountain of flowers by the locals but means literally ‘bald mountain’. A mountain of incredible beauty with ski slopes and well eqipped refuges for climbers. It highest summit – Profitis Ilias, stands at 2232 meters above the sea level.

Cave Maras in Prossotsani

Cave AggitisThe Maras Cave, situated in the area of Kokkinogia, was discovered in September 1978 by a team of Greek and French speleologists. The latter, departing from some natural phenomena, maintained that the waters of the sources of the Aggitis River were flowing through a cave. In order to uphold their theory, they conducted underwater exploration of  the sources by means of diving suits. At a depth of 7 m, they discovered a passage leading to the cave. A huge gallery measuring some 500 m in length was also found. Its ceiling is dripping with stalactites, some of which attain a diameter of 2 m and reach the surface of the water. Their amazing colors are attributed to the existence of ores (manganese, iron, copper, etc).

Nestos River, Drama Prefecture, Greece - Photo: Sotiris LambadaridisDelta of Nestos River into the Aegean Sea - Photo: Sotiris LambadaridisPhotos above of Nestos River by Sotiris Lambadaridis

 

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Rodopi Mountains, Greece - Photo: Sotiris LambadaridisTributary to Nestos River, Rodopi Mountains, Greece - Photo: Sotiris LambadaridisWild goat in the Rodopi Mountains, Greece - Photo: Sotiris LambadaridisTributary to Nestos River in the Rodopi Mountains, Greece - Sotiris LambadaridisVirgin Forest trail in the area of Paranesti, Rodopi Mountains – Photos: Sotiris Lambadaridis

The Forest of Elatia (or Kará Dere)

The area is located in the central and northern parts of Drama prefecture and extends along the Greek-Bulgarian border. It is characterised by dense forests that cover 90% of the area and by the forest village of Elatia.
You’ll find the forest village of Elatia at the location known as “Koutra” which is situated 72 km from Drama.
The village consists of impressive stone buildings that are used by the Forest Service to accommodate visitors, among other things. It is fully equipped with running water, electricity and telephones. The only forest of spruce trees in the country is to be found at Elatia where the landscape brings similar landscapes in central and northern Europe to mind. Moreover there is also another unique forest nearby known as “Magoula” consisting of birch trees.
Website with photos of Kará Dere

Paragliding in Drama

paragliding competition in GreeceAIOLEIA XC OPEN    17-22 JUNE 2012

The traditional XC competition continues this year after a short break. The Air club “Aiolos” of Drama organizes the 9th edition of the AIOLEIA competition in the village of Petrousa in Drama Greece. Challenging tasks in a friendly enviroment. The system Leonardo Live Tracking will be provided for all pilots by the organizer. Efforts will be made to have free Wi-Fi internet at the takeoff. So prepare your smartphones to take and upload a lot of pictures.
Contact: Drama Ring Road, 66100 Drama, tel : +30 69444 60404
email : aiolos@enplo.gr   Website: aiolosdrama.org

Gorge of Petrousa, Pirgi, Drama, Macedonia, Greece

Mountaineering Clubs

Drama Alpine Club
2, Smyrnis Street, 661 00 Drama
Tel: +30 25210 42822, +30 25210 236910

Kato Nevrokopi Alpine Club
660 33 Kato Nevrokopi
Tel: +30 25230 22558, +30 25230 22254

Prossotsani Alpine Club
662 00 Prossotsani
Tel: +30 25220 22077

Ski Clubs

Falakro ski center in Drama, Macedonia, GreeceFalakro ski center, Drama, Macedonia, GreeceFalakro ski center, Drama, Macedonia, Greece

Drama Alpine Club
2, Smyrnis Street, 661 00 Drama
Tel: +30 25210 33054, +30 25210 33049
Fax: +30 25210 33054, +30 25210 33049

Volaka Ski Club
Volaka, 660 33 Kato Nevrokopi, Drama

Mountain Refuges

Agio Pnevma on Mount Falakro
Contact: Drama Alpine Club (see details above)
Agio Pnevma (1.720 m)
Tel. at refugee: +30 25210 81000
Capacity for 72 persons with Central heating, fireplace
Mains water supply
Organized kitchen and indoor/outdoor toilet facilities
Tel: 25210 42822, 25210 23691, 25210 33049

Bartiseva Refuge at Mount Falakro
Contact: Drama Alpine Club (see details above)
Bartiseva (1.142 m)
Capacity for 18 persons
with a wood-burning stove
Water Supply from a Spring (10 minutes away)
No organized kitchen, toilet facilities outdoor
Tel: +30 25210 42822, +30 25210 23691, +30 25210 33049

Wineries in Drama Prefecture

Wineart Estate, Drama, Macedonia, GreeceWineart Estate, Drama, Macedonia, GreeceWineart Estate, Drama, Macedonia, Greece

Wineart Estate
Microchori, 66100, Drama, Greece
+30 25210 83626, +30 25210 83585
e-mail: info@wineart.gr
Wineart Estate Website

Château Nico Lazaridi Winery
Offices:
Agora Drama
P.O. Box 101 , Postal Code 66100, Drama
Tel: +30 25210 82049 – 50

email: info@nicolazaridi.gr
Nico Lazaridi Website

External links

TravelDrama.gr

Riverland.gr
Rafting, hiking, trekking, canyoning, off-roading, birdwatching, mountain biking, and more..

Archaeological Museum
2, Patriarhou Dionyssiou St., Drama, Macedonia, Greece
Tuesday–Sunday: 8.30–15.00  Monday: closed
Tel: +30 25210 31365
Museum website

Ecclesiastical Museum
168 El. Venizelou, Drama, Drama Prefecture
Open daily by appointment
Tel: +30 25210 32362
email: imdramas@otenet.gr  Museum website

18th International – 35th National
Short Film Festival in Drama
17-22 September 2012
Website: Info and Entryforms

Accommodation

Jennifer Home-Hotel
Taxiarhes, P.O.Box 1209, Drama 66100, Greece
Tel
: +30 25210 30005, +30 25210 24022
e-mail: info@jennifer.gr    Hotel website

Kouros Hotel
2nd kilometer Drama to Kavala, Drama 66100, Greece
Booking tel: 442030247879‎ (free of charge)
Hotel website


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