Serres Prefecture in Macedonia, the largest province of Greece


(Photos @ Μάρκος Μαρκούδης)

The prefecture of Serres is one of the 13 prefectures of Macedonia, the largest province of Greece in size and wealth. The prefecture stretches from Strymonikos bay in the south, to the Greek-Bulgarian border to the north. It borders with the Prefectures of Drama and Kavala in the east and the prefectures of Thessaloniki and Kilkis in the west. It is one of the flattest Prefectures in Greece, considering that 48% of its total stretching is described as semi-flat mountainous, and is surrounded by the mountains of Kerkini- Vertiskos- Kerdylia in the West and Orvilos- Menikio- Paggeo in the the east. The Strymon river, starting in Bulgaria and ending into the Strymonikos bay (Orphanos bay as it was called in the past), flows north- south through the prefecture. Its main tributary is Aggitis, in the Eastern part of the Prefecture. The total population of the prefecture, according to the 1981 census, was 196,247 people, 2% of the population of Greece.
Serres Prefecture
Stretching from the Strymonikos bay to the Bulgarian border, the Prefecture of Serres is Greece’s treasured possession. The destination combines the beauty of nature, the peaceful life of province and the cultural tradition in a way like no other. Surrounded by mountains and known as the flattest area in Greece, the region owes the fertility and beauty of its inland areas to the old waters of the river Strymonas. Northwest of the flat area lies the artificial lake Kerkini, constructed to dam the Strymon River and harness its energy.
The region of Serres offers the opportunity to discover, beyond the authenticity of provincial life, the hospitality, the local cultural heritage, and the historical monuments. A must do experience is touring the villages. To see traditional fire dancing head to Agia Eleni, for magnificent caves and impressive canyons as well as archeological remains of the ancient cities visit Alistrati and Amfipoli.

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