The cave is placed 50 km away from Serres, 25 km from Drama and 55 km from Kavala. It is considered to be the most beautiful and most decorated cave in Greece and probably in Europe where nature revealed its power in creating ornaments and impressive rock formations.
At a distance of 250 m from the southern part of the entrance of the cave the railway line from Serres to Drama passes. Near the railway line and on the southern side of it is the Aggitis River. As a result of the waterflow of the river the limestone layers of the mountain has been corroded and the ravine of Aggitis river has been shaped.
The visitor in Alistrati apart from the cave can enjoy the river Aggitis which flows through the villages of Symvoli, Lefkothea and R.S. Aggista, forming idylic river by zones with rich plantation. Many connoisseur fishermen combine their hobbies with walks and pic-nic in the countryside.The area is suitable for rafting and Kanoye. It is a few meters further down the railways which pass beside the cave. The locals call it "Vraous".
HERE cave Alistrati
The riνer Angitis is a main element in the hydrographic network of the lowlands of Drama. It starts at the Maara springs, crosses the western side of the low-lands and having collected its waters at Philippi pours into the Strymon river. The mean annual amount of water supplied by the springs has been calculated at 3 cubic metres per second and the mean annual amount of water supplied by the Angitis, having collected all its waters, is 8 cubic metres per second.
The Maara springs at an altitude of 123m are the outlet of an underground river which crosses the Maara cave. The cave is a pipeline conduit (karst phenomenon) which is directly connected with the sink-holes of Ochyro οn the Kato Nevrokopi plateau at an altitude of 535m.
The underwater river is fed by waters from streams of the Kato Nevrokopi plateau which drain through the Ochyro sinkholes and are channelled through the underground (karst) system.
Just in front of the outlet of the water there is a waterwheel which has been there since the Turkish occupation which was used to raise water from the river and then irrigate the surrounding villages.
*see my WS another shot from canyon Aggitis river, near cave Alistratis
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vasilpro (40933) 2009-06-27 11:12
Γεια σου Γεώργιε,
Πολύ εντυπωσιακό το φαράγγι ένας παράδεισος φυσικής ομορφιάς σε μια πολύ όμορφη παρουσίαση και με πολύ ωραία φυσικά χρώματα.
Καλό Σαββατοκύριακο, Βασίλης.
papagolf21 (86138) 2009-06-27 11:34
Bonsoir, cher Georgios,
Il est toujours très difficile de rendre compte de l'importance de ces paysages, et là, la photo donne bien la perspective de cette immensité. La beauté est remarquable.
Un sujet très bien traité.
chrkont (4005) 2009-06-28 1:17
Φίλε Γιώργο γειά σου.
Η άγρια ομορφιά της Ελλάδας είναι εντυπωσιακή, και εσύ εδώ την καταγράφεις με αρκετό δυναμισμό. Δύσκολο να τα χωρέσεις όλα μέσα στο πλάνο αλλά παίρνουμε μια καλή ιδέα του χώρου. Πολύ καλό βάθος πεδίου και χρώματα.
Gerrit (47886) 2009-06-28 17:21
impressive view over this narrow and spectacular gorge,
Wonderful light and colors.
COSTANTINO (55452) 2009-06-29 6:11
Geia sou Giorgio,
entuposiako to faraggi me polu vlastisi kai nero,
idaniko gia eksereunisi,kalo POV,kai xrwmata,
PixelTerror (0) 2009-06-29 23:48
It looks deeeeeep and the vertical format is a wise choice to render this
Have a nice day JY
greek (7594) 2009-06-30 23:49
poly omorfo topio, fysi, fws kai xrwmata, den ixera oti o nomos serrwn prosferei tetoies omorfies,galantis
pablominto (53744) 2009-07-04 22:36
This is a fascinating kind of landscape, a deep gorge with a river down there!
I notice the fertility of this place, wherever possible there is greenery...
Well framed with good details, a pleasant diagonal composition!
ikeharel (57144) 2012-09-10 4:01
A most magnificent nature's phenomena collected, Georgios.
The deep canyon taking the eyes downwards onto the green trees grow on cliff sides.
Excelent clarity and DOF, light management and contrast between water and rocks.
My cong.'s, Kalimera.
- Copyright: Georgios Topas (TopGeo) (38202)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-06-16
- Categories: Daily Life, Nature, Transportation, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Canon EOS 400D Rebel XTi, Canon 18-55 mm EF-S, Polarizer Hoya 62 mm
- Exposure: f/7.1, 1/250 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2009-06-27 11:07