|Seres is a modern, bustling city, with broad
streets and open squares. The new town blends
pleasantly with the old and on
the piney hill of Koula, the ruins of the ancient
acropolis and the Byzantine castle bear witness to a
long history. There is
also a 14th century church here, dedicated to St.
Nicholas with beautiful mosaics. At a distance of 12
kilometres, in a gorge stands the monastery of Timios
Prodromos (1270 A.D.) with frescoes of various
eras. More antiquities are to be found at Amfipolis, 62
kilometres from Seres, once an Athenian colony,
founded in 437 B.C. Outside the village, near the
bridge over the Strimon river, the famous Lion of
Amfipolis was discovered, a 4th century B.C. funerary
sculpture. The pieces were reassembled and now the
Lion guards the bridge.
Sidirokastro, near the
Bulgarian border, is a pretty town built on the banks
of the Kroussovitis river. It took its name (Iron
Castle) from the stronghold on the imposing rock, 155
m. above it, that once offered sure protection. The
town and the surrounding area are almost overwhelmed
by greenery and richly endowed with streams,
waterfalls, bridges, churches and monasteries.
In the nearby
village of Monoklissia woman dominate the village
and in Gazoro they still do Dionysian ancient
dances. The cave at Alistrati is one of the
largest and most spectacular in Greece. The
Lai-Lia Ski center has two ski lifts, ski rental,
a restaurant open on weekends and a moderately
difficult slope. The fishing is good in the
Strimon and Kroussovitis rivers and on Mount
Vrontos there is a mountain climbing refuge that
sleeps 60 people. There are thermal spas at
Therma, near Nigrita and at Loutra near
is the traditional
fire walking which dates back to pagan times.
Barefoot villagers of
, clasp icons of Saint Constantine and Saint
Helen, who are celebrated throughout Greece on May
21st, and dance upon charcoal embers without
Hotels in and around Serres
Situated in Serres, just 24 km from Lailas ski centre, Philippos Xenia Hotel offers contemporary accommodation and excellent spa and fitness facilities, with
complimentary buffet breakfast. Each of the rooms at Philippos Xenia is
stylishly decorated and well-appointed with modern comforts. Guests can enjoy a
great start to the day with complimentary buffet breakfast and can also enjoy
free internet access. Those who like to keep fit will find everything
they need in Philippos Xenia’s state-of-the-art fitness centre. Guests can join
in with yoga and aerobics lessons, as well as benefiting from personal training
sessions. Guests who wish to relax can enjoy a leisurely swim in the
indoor pool, followed by a relaxing hammam or sauna. Philippos Xenia’s spa also
offers a whole menu of massages for ultimate relaxation and wellbeing.
Guests can explore Serres on its many walking trails around the area.
Philippos Xenia Hotel can arrange for guests to rent a car and also provides
free parking. For photos, information, maps and booking click here
If you don't mind driving you can stay by the sea near the town of Agios Giorgos in the 4-Star Best Western Hotel Saint George, the 3-Star Electra Hotel in Stavros, or for budget-minded travelers there is the Pension Pfaffenhofen and the hotel called Big Dino's Galini, both in the beach town of Vrasna.
For more hotels in Serres with reviews, photos and booking information see Booking.com's Serres Page
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