It’s spring time! The perfect time for walking, outing and taverns in the sunshine! A great opportunity for daily excursions to nearby destinations that may not be the first to think of as an option.
Velventos or Velvento, a town in Kozani’s Prefecture, on the northeast side of the artificial lake of Polyfytos is the perfect choice! With 3.437 inhabitants, Velventos is situated on the foothills of Pieria mountains.
Just before we reach Kozani, on Egnatia street, turn left towards the airport and Servia. Arriving at the bridge of Lake Polyfytos we have a nice view of Pieria mountains and Servia village across the river on the the slope as well as the bow- shaped lake, spread wide at this point. After the bridge follow the road to the left towards Velvendo. A neat, picturesque village, in a beautiful landscape! If you combine it with wine / tsipouro and snacks in one of the restaurants in the area (we ate in the beautiful courtyard of “Remvi” (Texas), tel. 2464031473) then there is nothing else to ask for on a spring Sunday!
Walk through the streets and the squares of the village among plane trees, beautifully tended gardens with flowers and traditional two-storey houses surrounded by the fields of apple trees and vineyards of the region, which thrive for many years thanks to the rich waters that run almost everywhere.
But first of all take a walk in “Skepasmeno” Canyon, just 5 km far from Velvento up to the waterfalls. After a small hike up on a prominently marked path, you get over the big waterfall and, if you continue, you will enjoy the magic of nature as well as many lakes and small waterfalls give another energy in your escape. Information about the flora of the region on cards placed on the trees, spaces with tables and benches and built barbeques cover those wishing to spend more time there.
And when coffee time is near, if not Velvendo, then choose to enjoy it in the nearby settlement of “Neraida” , right after the bridge as you leave, enjoying the wonderful view of the lake from above. Oh, and before you leave try the “touloumbes” (churros) and donuts of “Zande” sweet shop (at the entrance of the village tel. 2464032501 open S / K 18.00-21.00)
The neighboring village of Servia with the Byzantine castle and the canyon towering over the city can be included in the excursion program. We stopped there for our morning coffee.
Try the trip and you and tell us your impressions and form an ideal excursion for the area!
Where to Stay
Nine Muses, tel. 24640- 49012. hostel with 9 rooms in the center of Velvento. Each room named after a muse.
Agnanti, tel. 24640- 49002. Above the village at the foot of Pieria with great view to the village, the valley and the lake.
Where to eat
“In VELVENTOS”! Near the central square you will find “dreamy” cooked.
“Metochi”, high in the foothills of Pieria. Grilled meat and spit.
“Remvi”. Well meats time and cooked.
“Watermill” Of Time and sometimes spit.
What to buy
The cooperative products are excellent and famous! Indeed many stars for them! Especially their local jam types!. You will also find very good wines (the very famous “Domaine Vogiatzi” and the worth trying wines of “Zande” and “Kamkoutis”. Finally, the famous “touloumbes” (churros) made by Zande.