Grevena is a town and municipality in Greece, capital of the Grevena peripheral unit. The town’s current population is 10,447 citizens; it lies about 400 km from Athens and about 180 km from Thessaloniki. The municipality’s population is 30,564.
The city of Grevena, is built at an altitude of 534 m, in an area with abundant vegetation, east of the N. Pindos mountain range, on the banks of Grevenitis, a contributory of Aliakmonas river. Grevena has had access to the Via Egnatia since the early 2000s. Other significant towns in the municipality are Amygdaliés and Méga Seiríni.
Coordinates: 40°5′N 21°25′E
The “jewel” of the area is the National Forest of Pindos, also called Valia Calda, which lies in the north-western part of the prefecture, in the unexplored mountainous range of Lygkos.
In the dialect of the Vlachs, Valia Calda means warm valley…
It has a cool climate during the summer and it can serve as the base for outings to the nearby areas.
The city of Grevena is on a track of steady growth powered by the tourist development, which is based on the emphasis put on the beautiful alpine natural environment.
In the centre of the city, the pretty Aimilianou square, surrounded by pedestrian streets with traditional and modern restaurants and taverns can cover the dining requirements of the visiting tourists. On the pedestrian street M. Alexandrou (named after Alexander the Great), modern but also classical style cafes attract the visitor, while for the romantics among us the municipal refreshment establishments at Kastraki and at Tsakalia are available.
In the prefecture there are 17 stone bridges, all preserved in quite good condition. In the most important of them are included the bridge of Aziz Agas in Trikomo, which is the bridge with the biggest arch in Macedonia, the bridge of Portitsa and the bridge of Katsoyiannis in Spileo, the Bridge of Spanos in Kipouryio, as well as that of Ziakas in the village bearing the same name.
Furthermore, the area is strewn with many old churches, monasteries and buildings, situated in the various villages. Such a village is Spileo, where the stone-built school (1931), the mansion of Kostas Varvitsas (1900), the Monastery of the Dormition of Mary (Kimissi Theotokou, 15th century), as well as the church of the patron of the city Agios Athanassios (1804) can be seen.
The Monastery of Zavorda, where the unique lexicon of Fotios the Great was found, is considered the most important religious monument in Western Macedonia and one of the greatest and most important monasteries outside Agio Oros (Holy Mountain).
Furthermore, the village Perivoli is decorated by countless stone built fountains, as well as traditional buildings, such as the church of Agios Nikolaos (13th century) and the church of Agios Georgios (16th century).
Besides the walks in the endless natural environment of the prefecture of Grevena, the visitor has the chance to take part in adventure activities, to come closer to the grandeur and the power of nature. Especially the River Aliakmonas with its contributories, as well as the Venetikos River, are ideal for the lovers of activities such as kayaking, rafting, mountain climbing, skiing, and river fishing.
The prefecture of Grevena, rich in natural beauty, is an ideal visiting place for nature lovers, eco-tourists, as well as the lovers of exploration and adventure.