Ochyro is a village of around 510 inhabitants. A district of the Municipality of Kato Nevrokopi, it is about 40 km north west of Drama. In the past it was known as Lissa or Lise. The village has a primary school, as well as a folk and military museum, which was founded privately and is supported by the local residents themselves.
It took the name of Ochyro in 1936, when the fortification works of the Metaxas Line began. The fort that was constructed on the hill near to the village was named Lisse, after the old name of the village, and the village was named Ochyro. Essentially, they exchanged names (Ochyro=fort).
Up to and during the 60's, the basic occupation in the area was tobacco cultivation. Maize, wheat, beans, chickpeas, and potatoes were cultivated only for subsistence needs. Almost all families had a small allotment on which they could grow their vegetables. Some inhabitants bred herds of sheep and goats.
The difficulties of this agricultural lifestyle led to many locals internally migrating towards Thessaloniki and Athens. The village was almost abandoned in the 60's as a result of emigration to Germany.
Today, things have changed. The two basic crops grown are potato and maize. The potatoes are sold on the national market and the maize is used as animal feed on dairy farms. The artificial lake created in Lefkogeia irrigates the whole of the Nevrokopi plane, and has made a major contribution to the increase in agricultural production and the spread of livestock breeding. There are also dairy farms in the village that produce sheep and cows milk.
You will find all categories of hotels and rooms to rent in Nevrokopi and the districts of Granitis, Volokas, and Potamoi.
You can try the local cuisine in one of the two taverns in Ochyro Village: 'Lyssa gia Ouza' and 'Polis'.