Agios Athanasios – Mt Kaimaktsalan

A mountain escape in northern Greece
The church of Profitis Ilias in Kaimaktsalan
Thrace region-id="pin-13";Macedonia Macedonia Epirus Thessaly Sporades Ionian Islands Western Greece Central Greece Attica Peloponnese Crete Cyclades North Aegean Islands Dodecanese Dodecanese Karpathos Astypalea Tilos Sitia Faistos - Matala Patmos Kastelorizo Kasos Kos Leros Halki Rhodes Symi Sfakia - Loutro Rethymno Elounda - Agios Nikolaos Agia Galini Plakias Hersonissos - Malia Ierapetra Heraklion Chania Nisyros Ikaria Lipsi Tzia - Kea Thasos Samos Lesvos Samothrace Limnos Chios Kalymnos Paros Naxos Zante - Zakynthos Lefkada Corfu Santorini Milos Kythnos Kimolos Serifos Syros Sifnos Koufonisia Ios Kefalonia Mykonos Paxi Ithaca Arta Ioannina Tinos Parga - Sivota Metsovo Anafi Sikinos Folegandros Donousa - Iraklia - Schinoussa Antiparos Zagori Mountainous Arkadia Porto Heli - Ermioni Preveza Amorgos Andros Delos Messolongi Ancient Olympia Aegina Kythira Archea Epidavros Patra Nafplio Kardamyli Kalamata Ilia Corinth Western Messinia Kalavryta Elafonissos Nafpaktos Spetses Poros Hydra Alexandroupolis Pylos Mycenae Monemvasia Loutraki Piraeus Athens Arahova Xanthi Galaxidi Mystra - Sparta Mani Edipsos Delphi Chalkida Karystos Evia Skyros Vergina Alonissos Volos Karditsa Skopelos Skiathos Kastoria Thessaloniki Prespes Agios Athanasios Edessa Serres Veria Larissa - Tempi Elati - Pertouli Trikala Pelion Meteora Drama Ammouliani Mount Athos - Ouranopolis Nymfeo Mount Olympos Katerini Halkidiki Grevena Lake Kerkini Naoussa Kozani Kilkis Kavala Pella Lake Plastira
Majestic mountains, traditional villages, Pella of Ancient Macedonia and the highest ski resort in Greece make this the perfect destination for winter holidays

Together, Agios Athanasios and Mt Kaimaktsalan make a perfect mountain escape in northern Greece. Mt Kaimaktsalan is one of the leading ski resorts in Greece, at an altitude of almost 2,500m, made all the more special by the snow-capped peaks and glorious mountain views. When you add in the important cultural sights in the area, it’s easy to understand its popularity. So if you’re a snow skier, a foodie, an adventurer, or you simply want to be wowed by the wild beauty of Macedonian nature, this is the place is for you.


What to do in Agios Athanasios

Agios Athanasios Pellas: A new twist on a traditional settlement

An excellent example of tasteful residential development and the epitome of understated elegance. Once an abandoned village dug into the mountain at an altitude of 1,200m, Agios Athanasios Pellas was listed as a ‘traditional’ settlement in 1992 when its new fairy tale life began. Today, it is among the most up-and-coming and rapidly growing winter destinations in Greece, with traditional local architecture, sloping rooftops, cobblestone streets and high standards of service.

Kaimaktsalan: The highs of skiing

A favourite destination for skiing enthusiasts, Kaimaktsalan is the only ski resort in Greece where you can reach an altitude of 2,480m. It has very good snow quality and, if that’s not enough, the landscape of the eastern foothills of Mt Voras will knock your socks off! Kaimaktsalan (meaning white peak) has pistes for all levels, from bunny to advanced, a chalet, ski and snowboard schools and equipment rental to suit all your needs.

Pella: Ancient treasures of Macedonia

The grande dame of Macedonian cities, Ancient Pella was discovered in a land that still has many treasures to reveal. The plain is scattered with Macedonian tombs and the remnants of ancient settlements that have yet to be found or excavated. 

Aridaia’s hot springs: Nature’s elixir

Who wouldn’t want to soak in these thermal springs? The natural warm pools are found among beautiful streams, waterfalls and snow-laden pine branches. It’s the ultimate spa, with the mist rising around you from the mineral springs. Walking in the gorge, rock climbing and mountain hiking … everything is possible at Pózar Thermal Baths. 


Hidden gems of Agios Athanasios

Wetland Agra-Vryton-Nisiou

In Macedonia, where Mt Voras and Mt Vermio meet the mountain basin of Agra, there is a little yet very important wetland, where more than 250 different bird species have been observed. The short distance from Edessa makes it a paradise not easily missed!

The Archangel of Mt Paiko

Why the Archangel? At 700m above sea level, it took its name from the monastery founded in 1858. One of the most significant attractions in the area, the Archangel of Mt Paiko stands out for its architecture and is the starting point for all alpine routes into the Paiko Mountains, as well as exotic Tzenas.

The little church of Profitis Ilias

The 1.5hr walk from the ski resort to the little church of Profitis Ilias, at the summit of Mt Kaimaktsalan, is an experience in itself. At an altitude of 2,524m, the third-highest point in Greece, the church is a World War One memorial to the fallen Serbs and was built with war debris found in the area. Take a deep breath and feel the incredible power of the area.

Read More Read Less

Book your trip

All your holiday planning needs in one place, letting you book direct and benefit from official online rates

Travel ideas

Shining the light on stories
Petrouli’s ski center is small in size but with an unsurpassable natural landscape

8 Most popular places to snow ski in Greece

It couldn’t be further from the image of islands and beaches that most of us imagine when we think about holidays in Greece but, yes, you can snow ski in Greece – and you’ll be amazed how many ski centres there are around the country.
Winter at Trikala Korinthias

11 christmas destinations in Greece

This is when the first snows of winter transform mountain villages into a scene fit for a Christmas card
The road to Parnassus shelter

Winter holidays in Greece

Greece's bright light welcomes you to experience the most unexpected winter holidays of your life