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"Emerald Lake" - Skra Waterfalls

Memories of Greek historical moments are mixed with the rare beauty of nature and the turquoise waters of an ancient lake.

These are the emotions one feels and the images that one sees as a visitor of Skra, the waterfalls and the famous "emerald lake".

Skra is only 4 km away from the borders with FYROM and it spreads on the Northeast slopes of Paiko at an altitude of 520m. Its previous name was Lioumnitsa, while the current one is due to the proximal top Skra di Legken that during the First World War was the place of the homonymous battle field (Skra - Ravine). The battle was a decisive one for the course of the Greek State and the First World War. The main feature of the village is the huge old plane tree in its central square.

Near this settlement, the visitor faces a small miracle of nature. Through a wonderful path one can reach an area with rich vegetation, where one meets the first waterfall of Skra, at the root of which there is a small cave with stalactites. A little further on the path, the visitor is stunned by the beauty of the small "Blue Lake" or "Emerald Lake", which owes its aquamarine emerald color of the water to the calcified and fossilized organisms of its bottom. Continuing on the path, the vegetation thickens and the ground is steeper. Here, one can see the second waterfall of Skra that falls with thunder over the rocks creating a stunning natural landscape.


Remembrance Events

19th of May: Commemoration of the Genocide of the Greeks of Pontos in Nea Santa.

Almost every year since 1995, the Association of Pontians of Nea Santa organizes commemorations of the Genocide of the Greeks in Anatolia during the period 1916-1923. The remembrance events for the 353.000 victims of Turkish atrocities committed in Nea Santa take place in the Church of Metamorphosis of our Savior and Captain Euclides’ park and include speeches by notable people.


Children’s dancing festival in Kampani

This is one of the biggest events of the Educational and Cultural Association of Kampani, in the Municipality of Gallikos, that gathers the crowds. In order to revive and disseminate the musical and dancing tradition, the Festival takes place every year in mid-April at the Sports Hall of Kampani. Beyond the children’s dance classes of the Associations of Kilkis, various children dance groups (children aged 5-13) from various associations in Greece also visit Kampani and present dances of Macedonia, Thrace, Pontos, Crete and other islands.


Carnival Events

During the Carnival, the representation of the custom of «Monk» takes place in Vaptistis. The weekend before Clean Monday, there are carnival events in Kilkis. A carnival celebration is staged each year in the pedestrian street in Kilkis, on the last Saturday of the Carnival. Children and adults have the opportunity to dance and have fun. During the concert, the team that wins the "Treasure Hunt", which was conducted on the morning of the same day, is also announced.

In Kastanies, on Sunday morning, chariots and masquerades parade on the main square of the village marking, thus, the end of Carnival.

One of the many events of the cultural association of Aspros and the best of them all is the carnival on Clean Monday. On this day, a parade of soldiers takes place, followed by free bean-soup and dancing in the village’s square. Many people from the surrounding areas arrive early and a "festival" of joy for children and adults takes place. Initiators and founders of the carnival were the teacher of the school in 1985 George Ktenidis, along with Elias Ivanoudis. The warm acceptance of the idea by many villagers who immediately approached the group, from then until today with the grand participation of youth, which is the backbone of the event, makes the carnival of Aspros successfully every year.


May Day Events

In the beautiful grove of Leventochori, immediately after the protests under labor claims are over, the residents and visitors gather to celebrate the arrival of spring.



The liberation of the city of Kilkis is celebrated with a series of events in collaboration with all the cultural associations of Kilkis, in commemoration of the liberation of the city by the Greek army in 1913. The events take place from late May to late June, and include exhibitions of painting, concerts, speeches, sporting events, dances and the presentation of the work of departments operating in OPONGA.



These events are held during the first week of August in the lovely plane-tree area in Palaio Gynaikokastro, at the root of the Byzantine castle. Lots of music, dancing, and traditional bands from every part of the world, plays and games entertain children and adults.


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