Besides the abundant natural wonders related to the flora and fauna, Northern Greece is also home to a series of unique geological phenomena worth discovering.
Let’s take a closer look at the most famous caves of Northern Greece.
1. Cave of Alistratis, Serres – Find on Map
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A place of splendid beauty both on the inside and on the outside, the cave of Alistratis in Serres is a feast for the eyes. Nuzzled in a natural haven, this exceptional cave is home of some of the most incredible stalactites and stalagmites as well as 36 species of microorganisms and bats that can’t be found anywhere else in Greece.
2. River cave of Aggitis, Drama – Find on Map
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A 20-million-years-old cave that will keep you away from the summer heat 80 meters below the ground. A place to admire the stalactites and stalagmites and the echoes from the past as many findings were unearthed where the cave now stands including some stone tools and animal bones dating back to the Middle Paleolithic period about 50,000 years ago. After you take a tour inside the cave you may relax by the Maara springs.
3. Petralona Cave, Halkidiki – Find on Map
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The famous cave of Petralona is one of the most popular sites in Halkidiki, perfect for an afternoon escape from the heat. It leads to a maze of chambers where a human skull and many fossilized bones were found during the excavations of 1959. A well preserved human skull, the oldest ever found, dates back to the period between the existence of Homo Sapiens and Homo Erectus. While in the area, make sure to take the 30-minute tour of the cave and then visit the museum to marvel many of the archeological findings. The area also features a winery offering free wine tasting so make it a day with the family!
With so many sights and attractions one can encounter on his way, Northern Greece is definitely the place for a joyride. Arrange your stay at Eagles Palace or Eagles Villas in Halkidiki and explore the underground treasures of the region.