• ACTIVITIES

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    Mix together your favorite hobby with your vacations. West Macedonia uses her landform gifts to provide you, through modern facilities and organized trips, with the ability to accomplish the activity of your choice. Even if you are fan of x-treme sports or a peaceful trekking walk is the ideal for you, either you are an amateur or experienced, find easily what activity each count of West Macedonia has to offer and which season. 

  • NATURE

     

    The biggest river in Greece Aliakmonas, the second tallest mountain Smolikas and one of the biggest lakes Vegoritida are included in West Macedonia. Also, is the hostess of two natural parks, the one of Valia Calda and the park of Prespes, and the famous Dragon Cave. Imagine how many natural sights there are for viewing. Take a walk over a canyon, visit an underground cave or take a boating ride to a lake so you can make your connection with nature. Learn more about the natural sights of West Macedonia and choose your trip.

  • CULTURE

     

    Visiting other places you can see and learn from a closer view about their culture and history. West Macedonia has a lot to display in this area too,even from the prehistoric era. Get to know each count from a visit to a museum or sight, attending a local custom event and tasting a traditional cooking recipe.Find useful informations about the cultural proceedures, the sights location and the dates of the custom events.

  • TOURISM

     

    The only sure thing is that you 're not gonna regret choosing West Macedonia as your destination place for your vacations whatever the type of tourist you are. West Macedonia provides you with a variety of accommodations regardless of you staying to a far tiny village or a big city. Easily, find hotels based your needs across the four countys.

  • INFORMATION

     

    Find useful informations, telephone numbers and driving ordes through the interactive map. Also, take a taste of West Macedonia from our photo albums and the videos we present for you.

Grevena

Grevena Museums

Mushroom Museum               

f5605d520be3793bb01001949b91cde4Τhe Mushroom museum in lavda Grevena opened on 6 November 2011.In a traditional stone building and hosts natural wild mushrooms , dried and sculptures , which were incorporated in showcases which are miniature of nature.For all mushrooms are given information  with rich literature and audiovisual material.Moreover is provided an opportunity for microscopic examinations.The room with the audiovisual media is suitable for seminars and workshops and can be converted  to a presentation room with an educational and informative content .It gives the opportunity  to schools and groups to visit the area and satisfy the learning pursuits in nature and the envirnoment.For information call 697 20 33 243 Mr.Dimitris Mpolis.

Museums Of Natural History  (Museum of Paleontology)

Οn Milia Grevenon  , in the place of the former community , already is operating a showroom of rare paleontological findings of the region , which attracts 30,000 visitors annually.The area of Milia became interantionally known when excavations unearthed a pair of the larger tusks worldwide *(4.39 and 5.02 meters) and occupied a place in the Guniness Book of records the 2011.About 17 years conducted systematic paleontological researches and excavations teh Aristotle Univercity of Thessaloniki , a department of Geology , by a team of students and colleagues led by .Assist. Prof. Evaggelia Tsoukalas , first in "Ampelia"(on the outskirts of the city of Grevena) and then in Milia and Priporo of St.George the municipality of Irakleoton(since 1996 , after information of Dimitris Zisopoulos and Thanasis Delivou respectively). The center Paleontology of Milia is expected to become an infrastructure alternative form of tourism , which will contribute substantially to the promotion and development of the place.Through modern equipment , will offer educational and research work addresed in all of Greece educational levels and neighboring countries  , but also to specific audiences  , such as amateur paleontologists and geologists."Where science meets the local communities development borns".The cooperation of Univercity and local community gives shape to the great vision of the univercity to contribute to the development and social welfare , "said the rector of the Aristotle Univercity of Thessaloniki , Giannis Mylopoulos , at the signing of the framework contract. 

The modern building will have an area of 3,000 sq.m and will conctain :

  •  Exhibition space - the convention center 
  • Interactive and educational exhibits for the students visits
  • Research laboratories
  • Library and offices
  • Guesthouses
  • Ancillary infrastructure
  • Refreshment room

Furthermore the center of Paleontology Milia will host :

  • Seminars
  • Lectures and conferences for scientific purposes
  • Summer and winter schools
  • Research of the university and its students  , in collaboration with other academic institutions and scientific operators 

 The museum of Milia works 09:00 -17:00 weekends and 09:00-14:00 from Wednesday to Friday.Monday and tuesday is closed.
For more information : Phone 6947 046 702 or visit the official sitre of the museum http://www.mfi-miliasgrevenon.gr/site/

Excavations in Kastri

 The excavation in the area of Kastri Grevena , between the villages Polyneri and Alatopetra of northeastern Pindos bought to light a fortified cityof the ancient country of Tymfala .Despite the difficulty of excavation because of inaccessible region , deterioration of the findings due to unfavorable weather conditions in the region and potential lithothefts , with excavation uncovered the remains of an organized citadel.The findings reveal the existence of an ancient temple in the area and other monumental buildings , built in  a way that shows that was an organized city.This view is reinforced with ceramics and other objects found during the excavations.The construction of buildings is dated from the late 4th to early 3rd century BC and their destruction is estimated that took place around 150 BC.The archaelogical evidence in the city .However they reveal that the area of Kastri was built an important city of ancient TYMFAIA ,with a strategic position with the ancient sities of Macedonia , Epirus and Thessaly.

Folklore Museum

At the old school that located in the village square , housed since 2002 the local folklore collection.The exhibition of the objects develped by subject on the ground floor and in two rooms on the first floor.We are going up in the great hall.Our gaze is directed to the case with women's comstumes.The clothes are simple , mostly wool , suitable for the climatic conditions of the place.They key components of the female costume are: the shirt  , the skirt , dress , apron , belt with "paftadia" , the kerchief , the overcoat , the "patounes" , the strive dresses (made of wool , "stofes" , and second (half wool , French) sewning in dark colors : crimson , green , nutty and "glekia".The white and colorfull skirts (yellow , orange , pink , red ) worn by the young , the dark (nutty , black)by the elderly.Depending on the occasion or season the overcoat worn long or short , sleeved or sleeveless : cpare , "gleki" , "tsiketo" and coat -lined with fur sometimeS.Information about the traditional male costume (shirt , cholevas ,belts , gleki or cape) we get only from old photogfraphs  , as men wore European too early.The kilt , which came from the old Greece , wonly onbly by  grooms.In one side of the room has been formed the area of the house which served to sleep and to eat close to bed , woven and woolen bedding pillows , wooden chect of dowry , the "sarmantza"with baby diapers, the sofras the brazier , the sewing machine , hangers with clothes and mirror.Across it old photographs(copies of authentic)connects objects with people who they created and used by them.The photographs are classified in sections: familly , portraits , occupations and professions , foreign lands , military life , social life , (weddings ,festivals , celebrations , groups)and cover the period from 1900 to 1960.In a corner is set up the loom with all its components and lined up in front of the wool prosessing tools : the rammer  , the carder , the tsioukriki , distaff , the spindle , the spinning wheel ,the "gidiastra".We are standing with admiration in front of the woven creations of women  ,girls dowries sung loom : rugs carpets and sterile ,rugs ,"saismata", wooden pillows , blankets "thiliastres" , and "karamelotes", "trouvades" , pouches and more.It is known that the art of weaving was the work of women in pre-industrial times and coveredthe needs of the family in bedding , blankets and partly in clothing.As a first material used wool , abudant in every home because of the expanded animal husbandry.

In the ground floor and in the small room contains agricultural tools for plowing ("xylalitro" , "sideralitro" , "xyali" , scales , harrow)  , for harvesting (scythe , Mooring , "Klitsnikos")for thresing  (pitchfork , rake ,"mazoxtra" , karoloi , shovel , dirmoni, sieve kapsos , bag nets for straw).Also tools for viticulture and tree crop(hoe , trimmer , tsikmes )utensils for winemaking ( malatha , Vaeni , tramatzana ) paraphelia of shepherd (kloutsa , sheep knife ,bells , wooden feeder of animals , churn) of the cheesemaker (transport containers of milk) and logger (Saws , axes).In the same room we are seeing fermentation vessels for all kinds of bread and cake(table for leaven , trough , screen , scraper , pinakoti ,rolling  pin , spinning ) and baking (foven shovel , hull , trivet )Αlso cooking untensils(kettle , tavades ,pans , trays) water transporations containers (curls ,chowder ,laenia , goumas) storage and maintenance vessels (jugs , chan) and other items such as "gkrimpoura" lantern , cauldron.All these utensils from cooking  , cellars and ground floors of old houses are made of natural materials like : wood , copper , untensils or other metal , clay.In the opposite side these tools are exposed :spirit level , matrakas , hammer ,skipari , lath hammer , chisel ,pointed chisel , "Malas" , slapstick , heavy pick  and photos that indicate the main occupation of the men of the village , the masters .They were craftesmen , in a few words builders , plasterers  , carpenters and even joiners in to mount Athos.

Kyparissi Laografiko 03The exhibition not only shows objects , but also gives information on the socio-economic conditions under which they lived the grandfathers and grandmothers before the war.They dealt mainly with what offered the place , agriculture  , farming and logging."The ensuring of bread" was as we know  , the main concern of every house. Agricultural tools and utensils fermentation taiks about the tyranny of the people , until the grain to get the bread.The inadequascy of agricultural land and the limited pastures led to preoccupation with other proffesions , building , carpentry , trade and transport.Many craftsmen moved in crowds to search a job in the entire Greek Area from spring to fall.Others fled away and emigrate to Constantinople and America. With the money they brought to the village bought livelihood , fields and sheeps , educated their children in high school of Tsotyli , they endow their girls , they made nice and big houses. The result of the migration of men gave a dual role in women who lived in village , to raise their own childrens and to take care of all the heavy agriculturals works.

The Folklore Collection was created by donations of Kydonioton , love and passion of the two assosiations.The operation was undertaken by a comittee in cooperation with the board of Directors of clubs.Every object inserted is recorded , maintained and exposed .The Folklore Collection awaits our country schools and around the world to visit.

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