Sights and tourist destinations in Naoussa
At a breath's distance from the town lies its wonderful countryside. Our mountain, Vermio, with its rich vegetation and cool waters, suceeds, to the west, the famous orchards and vineyards of Naoussa and discloses to nature lovers beauties beyond description.
Agios Nikolaos Thicket
Agios Nicholaos Thicket, at a distance of just 2 kilometres from town, shelters under its enormous plane trees the springs of the Arapitsa River, which with its plentiful waters supplies water for the whole town and irrigates the fertile lands of the entire area. Modern athletic, recreational and resting facilities, places to spend the day and walking paths, small taverns and Vermio municipal hotel offer carefree hours of spiritual euphoria to thousands of visitors. The implementation of the LIFE program in this area for ecological administration and lasting development received an award from the European Union.
Other Country Places
At distances a little further from the town, small country churches perched upon the mountain slopes provide the joy of a rest after a pretty journey by car or by foot (Agios Theologos - Saint Theologos, Metamorphose - Transfiguration, Epapante - Candlemass, Prophetis Elias - Prophet Elias, Agioi Taxiarches - Holy Archangels, Agia Triada - Holy Trinity, Aelias - Saint Elias, Panagiopoula, etc).
On the road to Giannakochori we encounter Timios Prodromos (John the Baptist) Monastery, (better known as Exo Prodromos), which stands out for the architecture of its nave with its three small domes, a unique sample throughout the area. At Panagiopoula (Zoodochos Pege - Fountain of Life country church), the wood-carved screen is remarkable, with six large icons from 1860 and hagiography on all its surfaces.
The alpine camping at Grammeni at an altitude of about 1000 m. provides one with the opportunity to live with nature during the warmest summer months and to explore its deeply-shaded forest paths.
Naoussa has a remarkable athletic substructure to offer, which is continually being reinforced and improved. In town, the Municipal Athletic Centre of Naoussa (D.A.K.N.) hosts hundreds of athletes and many athletic clubs. It provides a stadium with a capacity of 4000 spectators, football fields, handball, basketball and volleyball courts, a track with turf, auxiliary facilities, and an indoor gymnasium with a capacity of 1000 spectators. The C. Lanaras Athletic Centre includes 5x5 football fields, and basketball and volleyball courts. Agios Nicholaos Athletic Centre, located in the homonymous thicket, includes tennis courts, football fields, basketball and volleyball courts, while the Olympic-standards indoor swimming-pool is expected to soon reach completion.
To illustrate, Naoussa has gained the reputation of a world class training centre. Its climate, combined with the wonderful environment and the thoroughness of its athletic installations has led great teams to prepare here, with excellent results.
For those who fancy winter sports, two large ski resorts, Seli and 3-5 Pigadia are located at a distance of 16 km. from town, but in different directions. Wonderful ski runs, both for athletes as well as for plain amateurs, modern ski lifts and, of course, rooms for visitors' board and lodging are there to accommodate mountain friends.
Pigadia Ski Resort is located at an altitude of 1430-2005 m. and is linked to the city with a paved road. It is one of the most modern ski centres of Greece, with integrated facilities for tourist-athletic skiing. It has ski runs for every level of difficulty and cross country ski runs, an elevated double chair lift, five ski lifts and baby lifts. Pigadia is the only ski resort in the country which has a system for artificial snow. Aside from the beautiful chalet at the mountaintop (2005 m.), the area has a hotel with 34 rooms (hotel and lodge), which may accommodate 100 people. It also has a restaurant, a lift bar and a snow bar. Other private hotels with similar facilities exist in the neighbouring area of Koutsoufliani.
The wonderful climate and exceptional natural environment have established Pigadia as a centre for the preparation of athletic teams since the early 1980s. Athletic installations also include football fields, gymnasiums, an indoor heated swimming pool, saunas and other auxiliary facilities.