Looking for action? Head for Grevena, the mushroom town!
Grevena is a beautiful Macedonian town where man coexists harmoniously with nature. The village is surrounded by high mountains, verdant forests, streams, rivers and creeks, impressive stone bridges and old churches. The National Park of Valia Calda, the Vasilitsa Ski Center and mushroom picking make Grevena a pole of attraction for nature and mountain lovers.
Begin your excursion around the city starting from its two main squares. At Eleftherias Square the stone clock tower dominates, this is known as Plateia Rologiou meaning Clock Square and Aimilianou Square is where the city’s heart pulsates.Visit the modern building of the Municipal Central Library located by the river where you will find the region’s historical documents; the old and restored Bousiou’s Mill; the Municipal Museum, which houses elephant bones and wild ox fossils as well as folklore exhibits; the Cathedral, where the Ecclesiastical Museum is housed. At Milia Village, only a short distance from Grevena, you will find the Natural History Museum containing a Gallery of Paleontology where you can see the worldwide largest mastodon tusks found in the area, which are officially entered in the Guinness book of records.
If you have time for excursions, then get ready to encounter the nature’s wild beauty. Some rough dirt roads which at times may be covered with snow, and usually muddy, will challenge all of you four-wheel drive aficionados and adrenaline rush seekers. Among the neighboring snow-capped peaks of Mantilitsa, Gerontikou, Straggopetra and Vasilitsa (which is the highest one) you’ll come across some impressive beautiful landscapes. Enjoy the off-road trails that go through some verdant slopes filled with black pines and encounter traditional villages, ideal for relaxation. Don't forget to go by Mastorochoria, a wonderful traditional settlement with stone-built homes and arched bridges.
Valia Calda is one of the most important National Parks in Greece. It is located between Grevena and Ioannina in the Pindos Mountain range and covers an area of approximately 69km2. The park includes the valley of Valia Calda which reaches an altitude of 1,400m. A scene of wild beauty is created by the surrounding mountains and the streams crossing the valley. The name "Valia Calda" means warm valley in the regional dialect; apparently given as a euphemism as this is one of the coolest regions of the country.
Vasilitsa Ski Resort
At 42km from Grevena head for Vasilitsa Ski Resort situated in the heart of Pindos. Vasilitsa has all the amenities one would expect from a ski resort and thanks to Egnatia Odos Motorway it has become one of the most popular destinations for skiers in Greece. If you snowboard then head for the halfpipe as it is considered a major attraction.
Hunting for mushrooms
It is estimated that more than 1,300 different species of mushrooms grow in Grevena; it is therefore logically referred to as the country of mushrooms! Extremely rare European species of mushrooms have been found here. Dried or powdered mushrooms, mushroom liqueurs, mushroom sauces, mushroom pies and soups; this is your chance to taste all these excellent products from wild or cultivated mushrooms!