The 3rd day, the Rally is moving on to Veria! NEW destinations, NEW town, NEW tracks!
Our bivouac will be held at AIGES MELATHRON HOTEL http://aigesmelathron.gr/
How to go there from Elpida Resort & Spa: https://goo.gl/maps/JJv2JacoVPL2
Endowed with incomparable natural beauty, long history and cultural achievements, this destination constitutes an inexhaustible well of experiences.
On the slopes of Mt Vermion, covered in fir, chestnut, beech and linden trees, and bordered to the northeast by the Pieria mountains and the river Aliakmonas, lies Veria. Through the centuries, the greater Veria region, the green and pleasant land of the ancient Macedonians, has handed down the treasures of a glorious history to the next generations.
Over the course of 2500 years, each era and its associated culture has left its imprint in every corner of the land. They survive and thrive through the habits and customs of different neighbourhoods, in works of art and the local cuisine. Wander around the alleyways of history; harken to the spirit of past times in a city that makes a worthy contemporary heir to its priceless heritage. All year round, the visitor is offered numerous opportunities for religious, archaeological and nature loving tourism.
What to do in Veria
Aigai used to be the cradle of the Temenid dynasty, which gave humanity two of its most imposing figures in Philip II and ultimately Alexander the Great, who would go on to change the course of Greek and world history.
The visit to the Museum of the Royal Tombs of Aigai is a unique, unprecedented experience that excites, moves and edifies. In the underground building that encases and protects the monuments, the visitor can unravel the threads of history and myth. The illuminated ancient objects shine all the more brightly in the dark and mysterious atmosphere that pervades there.
The sight of Philip II’s tomb and the treasures exhibited near the place where they were found leaves every visitor speechless with admiration and awe. The golden shrine with the sixteen pointed star, the sovereign’s gold wreath, his wife’s gold crown, her crimson and gold shroud and the unique frescoes are just a sample of some of the exquisite masterpieces you will witness.
In Aigai, the excavations of archaeologist M. Andronicos brought a whole new chapter of history to light! As a worthy successor to his father’s throne, Alexander the Great sought to glorify the legacy of his predecessor and carve out his own immortal tale.
The traditional 19th century neighbourhoods
Barbouta, the Jewish neighbourhood, retains its special character with the ornate stately homes, the simple houses with the inscriptions in Hebrew and the Synagogue building. In Kyriotissa, the Christian neighbourhood, admire the Byzantine churches, walk along the alleys of the Old Town and visit the Folklore Museum in a renovated stately home.
The Podium of Saint Paul the Apostle
St Paul preached in Veria in the 1st century AD where he was warmly welcomed by the residents. This historic monument is a landmark for Christians all over the world.
For the lovers of winter sports the Seli National Ski Centre and 3-5 Pigadia, lend themselves to both tourist and athletic skiing. The modern facilities, prime weather conditions, the unobstructed horizon and copious sunshine offer the visitor moments of fun and revitalization. Both areas are ideal during the spring and summer months for mountain climbing, mountain biking and hiking as they are crossed by the European E4 footpath.
Hidden treasures in Veria
Wine tasting in Imathia
The history of viticulture and wine production is entwined in the mists of time. Imathia vineyards, especially those of Naoussa, have been moving French connoisseurs to mouth-watering recommendations from as early as the 19th century, when Naoussa was first recognized as a world-class wine producing centre.
Today, honoured with the epithet of International City of Vine and Wine, it continues to produce wine that distinguishes itself both in Greece and abroad for its quality – namely its taste, texture and body- with Protected Destination of Origin status.
Public Central Library of Veria
How does the public library of a small city become a universal standard and a benchmark for people of all ages and educational levels? When creative people, with vision and will, believe in the potential of their fellow human beings, it is feasible. A winner of the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation “Access to Learning 2010” award, today it constitutes a “centre for the development of creativity, knowledge and innovation”. With numerous book titles, many of which are in digital format, an active online presence and particular attention paid to users with special needs, it leads the field when it comes to taking libraries into the new electronic era.
Party by the river Aliakmonas
There is no better setting for a music festival than the pine-clad banks of the Aliakmonas River. During July, you can enjoy a concert as night falls as well as many activities to pique your interest by day.
Traditional Quarter of Kyriotissa
Kyriotissa is a picturesque quarter with a maze of narrow streets and dead ends, tall buildings, mansions and gardens with tall yards that evoke the traditional houses of the Balkans in the 18th and 19th century. Behind the tall fences and adjacent alleys emerge small stone Christian and Byzantine churches.
Kyriotissa follows the architectural style of Barbouta with sachnisia, floors with heavy overhangs, successive windows and skylights, cob walls and heavy doors; many of the houses have been restored and converted into recreational and entertainment venues.
The archaeological museum of Veria
The Archaeological Museum of Veria was founded in the early 1960’s to house and exhibit the antiquities found in the Region of Imathia; it has been operating since 2009 after being fully renovated. Here, one can see findings from the Late Stone Age till the Hellenistic Period. The majority of the exhibits come from the period of the acme of the Macedonian Kingdom.
At the entrance of the museum, the enormous Medusa’s marble head is dominant, that was adjusted at the north gate of the ancient walls of Veria to keep the enemies away from the town. At the reception hall stands the impressive marble statue of the river god Olganos in the figure of Alexander the Great, while the visitor is guided through the history of Veria as well as its most important monuments by updated technological means.
At the main hall of the museum (the ground floor), there are representative exhibits from tombs of the Archaic, Classical and Hellenistic years such as jewelry, small clay idols, weaponry as well as clay and metal pottery. There are also exhibits of significant findings from the public and private life of the Hellenistic and Roman period with the famous “Law of Gymnasium” (Gymnasiarchikos Law) that is the most important of all the exhibits and the marble column of the 2nd century BC that describes the operation rules of the ancient Gymnasium of the town. Findings of archaeological excavations from every corner of Imathia are exposed on the loft-floor of the museum with topographic and chronological themes.
Address: Anoixeos Avenue
tel: 2331 024972
Open hours: 8:00a.m.–8:00p.m.