PELLA - THE FAVORITE OF THE WATERS
The prefecture of Pella is one of the 13 prefectures of Central Macedonia with Edessa as its capital. It owes its name to Pella, the capital of the ancient kingdom of the Macedonians while the rich historical heritage, natural beauties, mountain landscapes, wonderful wetlands make it one of the most charming areas of Greece. Of particular interest is the natural environment and ecosystems of the Prefecture of Pella with the mountains of the North, Pinovo, Tzenas, Vermi and Paikos, the lakes Vegoritida and Agra but also the rivers Edessaios or Voda, Moglenitsa, Aliakmonas and Loudias.
Pella, a small town on the shores of the Thermaic Gulf that developed into an important political, economic and cultural center of Greece. Ancient Pella is the most important archaeological treasure of the prefecture with the palace dominating the archaeological site. The city market is characterized as the largest in the ancient world. It also includes part of the houses of Dionysus, Helen and Poseidon. The Archaeological Museum is a natural ending of the archaeological site, as it reconstructs the archaeological elements outlining the various aspects of daily and public life.
Edessa is one of the most beautiful residential complexes in Macedonia with its famous waterfalls, many running waters, parks, tree-lined streets, but also a wonderful view of the Macedonian plain. The waterfalls are an impressive spectacle of infinite beauty that enchants the visitor from every corner of the earth. There are two waterfalls, the double one whose waters are divided into two and the Karanos waterfall which falls from a great height. Behind the formation at the waterfall, there is a corridor, like a balcony, for those who want to pass by and be photographed. The cave with the stalactites is also of special geological interest.
A short distance from the park of the Waterfalls is the water museum known as "Mills" of the water-powered production units, in the Greek area that was declared in 1983 protected. In the Varosi district is the folklore museum of the city, an exhibition that conveys the way of life of the last century. Yeni Mosque is the only preserved mosque that was declared a monument in 1937. It is influenced by the Byzantine architecture and specifically of the Hagia Sophia in Constantinople. The lake and the wetland of Agra-Island-Vrytton are of great ecological interest thanks to the vegetation that has more than 250 different species of birds that live there such as pelicans, while it is one of the breeding areas of Netta Rufina.
Lake Vegoritida is one of the largest and most beautiful lakes in Greece suitable for swimming and water sports. It is an important habitat for many species of birds and together with Lake Petron is a single ecosystem. Mount Kaimaktsalan or Bora is located on the border with Skopje and its ridge is a boundary line between the two states. The Ski Center got its name from the mountain that hosts it and its slopes are among the longest in the country that satisfy the skiers. Designed according to international standards, it provides the opportunity for fun and racing. The wider area hides natural beauties such as the Black Forest rich in flora and fauna and is ideal for hiking or cycling.
At a distance of 30 km from Edessa is the traditional preserved settlement of Agios Athanasios, a beautiful tourist village known as the "stone village", a sample of traditional Macedonian architecture, combined with the natural landscape of the area. Aridea gathers many natural beauties and popular tourist destinations offering the visitor activities such as skiing, hiking, mountaineering, climbing, thermal baths, etc .. Near the city are the thermal springs of Pozar with 6 main springs that spring through rocks and coming out from the bowels of the earth. They are suitable for rheumatism, arthropathy, sciatica, bronchitis, nervous, dermatological, gynecological diseases and others. Baths are an attraction for people of all ages.
Near the baths is the magnificent Ramno Bor gorge, an idyllic verdant location suitable for excursions and sports such as rafting, cycling, etc. One can cross the gorge and explore its 15 caves that are a rare speleological park. One of the most beautiful villages of Almopia, built at the foot of Mount North, Orma is an ideal place for those who like mountaineering and walking. The Archangel with the unique view of the wonderful plain of Almopia stands out with the beautiful square and its historic monastery with the holy monastery of Archangel Michael is built on an ancient sanctuary. The village of Promachoi is one of the largest villages in the region with the largest forest of 16,000 acres.
Giannitsa is the largest city in the prefecture between Mount Paiko and the Plain of Giannitsa, which owes its name to the recruit Gazi Ahmet Evrenos, who captured it in 1385. The Clock Tower is considered the oldest surviving tower in Greek territory by them and one of the oldest in the Balkans. The Mausoleum of Gazi Evrenos is perhaps the most important of the Ottoman monuments, of the mercenary who conquered Giannitsa. The "Black Statue" is the Hero of the city, by Grigorios Zevgolis who represents the winged time, at the feet of which is mother Greece, embracing her killed soldier son. The prehistoric settlement of the Mansion of Giannitsa is located near the modern settlement, between the ancient Pella and the city of Giannitsa.
Tradition and local products such as honey, fruit, "Bodena Cherries", spoon sweets, "cop" cheese, "tsouskes" peppers, green peppers, tsipouro, pasta from pure ingredients and many more are the characteristics of the prefecture of Pella. The prefecture has many typical foods such as tsoumbleki, carp with onion in the oven, gulisso with parsley and garlic, roasted zucchini, cod with rice, lahanodolmades(cabbage rolls), pork with leeks and plums or with quinces, chestnuts and vine leaves, various pickles, pies, etc