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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 23 April 2016
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 23 APRIL 2016 15 of eastern Macedonia Best enjoyed with a glass of local wine released. We were lucky enough to take a bottle of Amethystos Cava away with us, which was thoroughly enjoyed that very evening! Costa Lazaridi also has a facility in Attica so there really is no excuse for not sampling these wines the next time you're in Greece, is there? Before leaving Drama we took a drive to Kokkinogia village in order to visit Ktima Pavlidis. Situated in a narrow valley surrounded by three mountains (Falakro, Menikio, and Pangeo), its geographical position provides the vineyards with a special microclimate and cool winds that prolong the ripening period. The grapes here are picked at night in order to achieve the least amount of heat damage, and their two meteorological stations help form part of this state of the art facility. Stunning location and technological expertise aside, we loved their single variety offerings, with their Emphasis Assyrtiko being an absolute gem. Kavala was our next stop and it really didn't disappoint. A vibrant city, built around a picturesque port, steeped in Greek, Roman and Ottoman history and offering a multitude of restaurants to keep any foodie happy. Well known for its seafood but also showing a clear link to Middle Eastern cuisine in its more carnivorous options, you could happily eat your way around the city. It's a great place to people watch, especially on the weekend, when the seaside bars and cafes really come alive. Just around the corner though, whether by car or ferry, the options are endless. About 10kms away from Kavala airport is the port of Keramoti, where you can jump on a ferry to Thassos. Very much an up and coming island judging by the numbers of attractive hotels being built, this place is a real discovery. Very green with a stunning coastline peppered with white sandy bays. Can't imagine you'd have trouble finding a secluded spot here even in high season. If a ferry seems too much of a chore, all you have to do is drive out of Kavala city itself in order to find kilometres of white sandy beaches. There are some basic hotels along the coast and some lovely holiday homes but, unlike other parts of Greece, the locals have built back from the shore in order to provide an amazing feeling of space and endless seafront. For a little dose of history, apart from walking around the old part of Kavala, Filippoi is a must see. First inhabited in the neolithic period, then by islanders from Thassos, it was named after Alexander the Great's father, Filippos the 2nd. It became a strategic site during Roman times and was also where the first Christian church in Europe was established by the Apostle Paul. Getting off the usual tourist-beaten track really paid off on this trip. Wine and more wine, beaches, good food, vibrant nightlife and a little dose of culture to round it all off. Eastern Macedonia, we will be back. * Landscape photography and information courtesy of Everymatic by Stephen Fleming. For more Greece travel tips and information visit www.facebook.com/everymatic Kosta Lazaridis’ entrance wine press. The old town.
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