THE FESTIVAL OF AMPHIPOLIS
The Festival takes place in a stunning venue near Strymonas River throughout summer months every year. Includes a variety of musical and theatre performances, one day symposiums, tributes, etc. Both local residents and visitors experience the local history, the unique civilization and the tradition of Paggaio area.
THE CUSTOM OF ARAPIDES
On 7th January, on the day of Saint John, a custom known as Arapides is performed every year in Nikisiani. Young children dressed in black goats and costumes make a parade in the streets under the sound of bells (tsania) and use as a head cover the “barbouta” made of black goat skin in order to send away evil spirits. This primeval idolatrous custom has been preserved from the very early years.
WINE FESTIVAL KOURITOS
The Wine Festival Kouritos is held annually at the end of September in Rodolivos. It attracts thousands of visitors who experience the local wines and taste the unique traditional dishes. Public is invited to gather and watch the grape stomp process in the old Kouritos and join later the party in the village square.
The Chestnut Festival is held annually every October in the chestnut wood in Palaiochori, Kavala. There are plenty of chestnuts, either roasted or boiled accompanied by wine and a variety of musical events.
DERVENES OR KOURIAPSILLOI CUSTOM
Every year, the last Sunday of the carnival, the custom of Dervenes or Kouriapsilloi is revived in Kormista and Proti. It’s a pre-Christian custom where the inhabitants of the above areas set fire to a pile of hollies taken from Mount Paggaio. During early years, separate “mahalades” (neighborhoods) were in competition with one another for the best fire making.
CLEAN MONDAY – KOULOUMA CUSTOM
Most of the villages around the hotel, such as Kormista, Proti, etc, join the custom of Clean Monday – Koulouma every year. A delicious traditional Greek white beans soup, other Lenten dishes and wine are offered to the guests. There are also live music bands which spread a festive vein all around.
ONEIROUPOLI DRAMAS – DRAMA’S DREAMLAND
Drama’s Dreamland opens its gates from the beginning of December till the end of Christmas period. It is an amazing place not only for families but for everyone. A real Christmas village that millions of children all over the world dreamt of through fairy tales is located just 15 minutes drive from the hotel.