Kaimaktsalan - Voras - Palios Aghios Athanasios
Mount Kaimaktsalan or Voras (the local name which means white mountain top) is the third largest ski mountain resort in Greece at an altitude of 2524 m. Kaimaktsalan rises along the Greek-ex - Yugoslav border, while the bulk of the Greek section belongs to prefecture of Pella.
The term Kaimaktsalan and the ski center is an attraction for nature lovers and hikers, as well as thousands of skiers who visit the facilities of modern Voras Ski Center, while the national team and most ski schools start their preparation there.
The Ski Center Vora-Kaimaktsalan is just 45 km from the beautiful city of Edessa and developed on the southeastern side of the mountain at an altitude of 2050-2480 meters. At the top of the mountain there is the beautiful chapel of Prophet Elias. Guests staying in Edessa can easily reach the wonderful ski resort and village Kaimaktsalan to enjoy the winter sport, skiing.
The rich and rare vegetation in Voras KAIMAKTSALAN, which includes many flora species inaccessible in Greece and the wider Balkan region, supports a large number of fauna (birds, amphibians, reptiles), making the Vora and kaimaktsalan village habitat important for the ecological balance of the hole area. An unusual feature of Vora or kaimaktsalan area is the existence of small water lakes, even at very high altitude (sources Watchtower - Kremasis 2,400 m).
Many nature loving and mountaineering clubs organize trips to kaimaktsalan Voras due to beautiful routes of outstanding natural beauty. One of the routes which is accessible to all walkers is leading to "Pema's Floros. The route starts from the junction of John OE (Naturalist Club Edessa) shelter in Voras Maintain and reaches across Pema wooded area with many waterfalls. The journey takes about 60 minutes to go and return.
Also, in the area of the Ski Center Kaimaktsalan - Voras in the postition "Spastiras" is a forest road leading to the top of Xadanoko (altitude 1787). The route takes about an hour (shift-return). It is easy to approach Xdanooko area from the traditional village of Agios Athanasios through a beech forest. The same path leads higher, on top Piperitsa (altitude 1998) walking four hours long. From the area of Agios Athanassios passes even the international path E 4 / 6 leads to the area of Florina through beech forest and canyons. Total length of crossing five (5) hours.