The Drama Prefecture consists of three areas of distinctive character: the Drama plain, the Nevrokopi plateau, and the wooded mountainous areas of Rodopi and Nestos.
The Nevrokopi plateau is surrounded by Mount Falakros to the south and West Rodopi to the north.
Access to the plateau is usually via the Drama-Exochi-Bulgaria road, which passes through a valley of breathtaking natural and wild beauty between the mountains as it climbs towards Granitis village. There is a detour from this route, which turns right, in the direction of Volokas and the Falakros snow centre. Shortly before the entrance to the valley leading to Granitis, near to Prosotsani, there are the Aggitis River springs, in the cave where the longest underground river in Greece comes to an end, draining the water of the Kato Nevrokopi plateau.
The plateau is a large agricultural plain, on the edges of which are the districts of Ochyro, Dasoto, Perithori, Kato Vrontou, and, of course, the seat of the municipality, Kato Nevrokopi.
The heights are covered by a mixed forest, accessible by farm roads and paths dating from the time of the construction of the forts, and have an amazing view and rich vegetation.
The everyday life of the people who live here centres on agriculture and farming. The people are house proud, cheerful, sociable, and up to date with current affairs. They are hospitable, open, and always ready for a drink and a party. Don't avoid them; you will miss out on half the value of the visit.
Yes, Nevrokopi has the lowest temperatures recorded in the planes of Greece during the winter. However, if you are in our neighbourhood during the winter, the last thing you will feel is cold, as you bask in the warmth of the people, curl up in front of the stove, and succumb to the fever of the Tsipouro. In spring and autumn you will find yourself surrounded by magical early morning mists, the quiet disturbed only by bird song and the occasional croak of a frog. The summer is time for the forests, cooling springs, and long bright days. Time for walking, cycling and climbing...
All of the above comprise an environment, a theatre and a setting, in which the Museum Park Lisse is also to be found; a unique place with so many creative things to do!
A major attraction, which draws many visitors, is the ski resort on Mt Falakros. It is one of the best ski resorts in Greece, with unique natural pistes, totalling 24 km, of varying degrees of difficulty (the range in altitude is from 1730-2232m). It has three chalets available, Anemosouri (the Storm Wind), Katafygio (the Shelter), and Chionotrypa (the Snowpit), at an altitude of 2110m, all with a panoramic view.
Falakros is known as 'the mountain of flowers' or as a 'botanical paradise', due to its rich flora. It is ideal for hiking, hill walking, climbing, or even ice climbing in the cavern known as 'the snowpit'. It is 100m deep and the snow inside almost never melts.
Mt Falakros has been included in the Natura 2000 network.
(Tel: the 'Katafigio' at Falakros Ski Centre: +30 25210 23691 / Falakros Ski Centre: +30 25230 81000)
Lefkogeia Lake is beautiful place, combining mountains and a great variety of trees. The lake is used for irrigating the fields of the plateau and is also a place for rest and relaxation, eating, hunting, and fishing.
A beautiful place, combining mountains and a great variety of trees.
Monuments in the Nevrokopi Municipality
The Church of Aghios Dimitrios, Nevrokopi (1866).
The Church of Koimisis tis Theotokou, Dasoto (1870).
The Church of Aghios Nikolaos, Perithori (1835).
The Church of Aghioi Theodoroi, Kato Vrontos (1835).
The Church of Koimisis tis Theotokou, Pagoneri (1835).
The Church of Koimisis tis Theotokou, Livadaki (1870). The Church is only used once a year, on 15th August.
The Church of Timios Prodromos, Lefkogeia (1836).
The remains of the Church of Aghios Georgios, Kritharas (1870). This should only be visited by the bravest pilgrims, as the thick vegetation has covered all the entrances through the collapsed walls. The only part which is still standing is the altar.
The post-Byzantine Church of the Taxiarches, in the Katafytos district (1848)
The Church of Profitis Ilias, Volakas.
The Church of the Taxiarches, Granitis.
The Church of Aghios Nikolaos, Bathytopos. This church was completely burned down in 2005.
The Old Sanatorium in Granitis.
The ancient tombs in Dasoto.
The mosque and Turkish baths in Exochi.