An “Archangel” awaits us in Aridea. Let’s meet him!
Arhángelos (Archangel) is the northernmost village of Aridéa Municipality. Ano Almopia’s lovely flat countryside lies here, enveloped in a luxuriant vegetation. Páiko, a beech and oak forested dirt mountain, lies to the south. In former times, the village was called Òssiani. It was named “Arhángelos” in 1925, after the local monastery of Archangel Michael built on an ancient sanctuary.
The Monastery is quite a significant place to visit in the village as well as in the whole district, attracting tourists from all over Greece. Situated in a level highland amid Páiko’s northeastern peaks, the monastery overlooks Tzéna and Pinovo, two mountaintops in Vórra’s plateau. Its architectural style is austere and imposing. Within these walls, you will feel that time has ceased to exist.
Visiting the monastery offers a fine opportunity to discover lovely Arhángelos village. You will find all necessary amenities there, such as rooms to let, cafeterias, tavernas and traditional coffee shops.
Acquaint yourself with a village rich with traditions, and stand in admiration before the local architecture, surrounded by a serene landscape of woods teeming with beech, sky-high oaks and cherry trees.
Enjoy a leisurely stroll in the beautiful square, and accompany your hot beverage with the local delicious “tsouréki” (a kind of soft mastic cake). Don’t forget to visit the old Ayios Nikólaos’ church covered in impressive icons. Arhángelos is renowned for its rich cherry and potato produce, being one of Greece’s top cherry producing areas.
Come back in July and participate in the Cherry Festival, where you will taste the local cherry variety and products based on it, such as cherry liqueur and cherry confiture in a festive atmosphere with traditional dancing and singing.