Alistrati cave was first opened to the public in 1998. It is considered one of the finest caves in Greece and one of the most beautiful in Europe, with exceptionally rich formations of stalagmites and stalactites. The length of the passages is almost 3 km, while visitors can explore a route of about 1 km. The cave remains open on weekdays and holidays and the tour lasts an hour. The floor of the cave passage is completely level and accessible for people with special needs. There is also an information centre with a seating capacity of 25, which presents three-dimensional images of the inaccessible passages of the cave, the Aggitis River gorge and other sites in the region, at a cost of 1 Ђ per person for a 15-minute screening. The hall is also available free of charge for environmental briefings and completion of questionnaires handed out to school children who visit the cave. Working hours Nov. - Feb. 09:00' - 17:00' Mar. - Jun. 09:00' - 18:00' Joul. - Aug. 09:00' - 20:00' Sept. - Act. 09:00' - 18:00' General information Tour guiding Yes Duration of visit 50' - 60' min Aproximate time of waiting 20' min Length of touristic trail 1 Km
Lake Kerkini is situated in the Prefecture of Serres, 45 Km north-west from Serres, 100 Km from Thessaloniki and 604 Km from Athens. It is easy accessible by car. From Thessaloniki, there is the National Road Thessaloniki-Kilkis-Serres and alternatively the National Road Thessaloniki-Serres (take the exit to Strymoniko). From Serres, there is the National Road Serres-Kilkis or alternatively the National Road Thessaloniki-Serres (take the exit to Strymoniko). The role of lake Kerkini is very important and multi-dimensional. Thus it has been characterized as a wetland of international importance, included in the catalogue of the Ramsar Convention (1974). The lake protects the lowland of Serres plain from flooding of the river Strymonas. It is the main water supplier for the irrigation of the area, one of the most productive areas of the country. Also, there is a significant diversity of fauna and flora. A lot of birds find shelter during winter in the wetland of Kerkini, many of which are under threat or there are in small populations. A proportion of the people who live close to the lake are involved in fishery. Apart from its richness in fish, the lake is a place for recreation offering to its visitors a variety of activities. Also, the lake consists a field for scientific research, it can combine many ecological phenomena and a great variety of biodiversity.