Style: Freeride, Freestyle, Slalom
Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Good, Specialist
Lake Vegoritida, also known in the past as Lake Ostrovo, is a natural lake in western Macedonia and one of the most important and largest lakes of Greece.
Agios Panteleimon Historical Settlement built in the foothills of the north "Kaimaktsalan" in the south-western shore of Vegoritida Lake. Nature was very generous giving countless of beauties to this place.
Best Direction: NE
Wind Factor: 11-16 knots (4 bft), 17-21 knots (5 bft)
Main Wind Direction:
Meteo live weather station is online at Edessa Airport. When the station shows NA direction (stabilized SE, ESE, SSE), the force in km will be the finally force in knots that will blows 1,5-2 hours after the station display. The wind direction at the spot will be NE.
Depth: Deep (deepens abruptly)
The water is beautiful and clean. The deepest part of the lake is about 50 m. You will be amazed by the shades of blue and green of the lake's water. In summer time a natural phenomenon that turns over the bottom of the water gives a great result made lake turquoise!
Vegoritida is of karst type, deep and wide in scope, that because of the altitude can be classified in the mountainous type lakes. As a lake, it is a warm monomythic one, and has high nitrogen nitrate content and increasing eutrophication. It has irregular hydraulic behaviour and is a classic example of karstic lake, that its unloading takes place underground through natural channels. Furthermore, the lake is supplied by water streams of permanent flow, by smaller streams and by a large amount of karst water thereby contributing in rapid rate refresh of its water.
Bathers Period: June, July, August
Kid Friendly: Yes
The pebbly beach has enough landing space, ideal for kitesurfers.
The tourist infrastructure of the region in conjunction with the natural beautiful environment, are classified among the most ideal destinations for visitors wanting to escape from the tensions of everyday life and to enjoy moments of calm next to the sandy lakeside of Vegoritida.
Access to Agios Panteleimon:
The vilage is situated 8 km northeast of Amindeo, 20 km east of Florina and 37 km west of Edessa, at 540 m elevation. The access to Agios Panteleimonas is easy via the road network from Edessa around the lake through Arnissa and from the Egnatia highway through Amindeo. From the beach of Agios Panteleimon you get off the lake from the church.
The access is also possible via the railway from Thessaloniki to Florina and Kozani.
Access to Thessaloniki:
Thessaloniki is the second main aerial entrance to Greece. It has ample ferry, air, road and even rail connections with Athens and other major cities of Greece.
Arrival by Airplane: The International Airport “Macedonia” of Thessaloniki (IATA code: SKG) connects the region with approximately 31 countries and 81 destinations with direct flights, as well as 35 cities and islands in Greece (direct flights and transit). Taxis and busses are to be found at the exit of the airport.
Arrival by Car, Moto, Camper Van: The Egnatia Motorway (Egnatia Odos), which crosses Greece from its westernmost edge -Italy (Igoumenitsa)- to its easternmost borders with Turkey (Kipi, Evros), is a modern motorway of international standards, equipped with devices and safety systems that aim at protecting and helping the motorists.
From Italy: Igoumenitsa --> Egnatia Odos Motorway towards Thessaloniki, From Turkey: Kipi --> Egnatia Odos Motorway towards Thessaloniki, From Albania: Kakavia --> Greek National Road towards Ioannina & Egnatia Odos towards Thessaloniki, From F.Y.R.O.M.: Evzoni --> Greek National Road towards Thessaloniki until reaching the Egnatia Odos Motorway, From Bulgaria: Promachonas --> Greek National Road towards Thessaloniki until reaching the Egnatia Odos Motorway. Connection from Egnatia Odos Motorway to the Chalkidiki Road Network: Exit K1 Thessaloniki, Exit K4 Thessaloniki, Exit Redina & Exit Vrasna-Asprovalta.
Leaving from Thessaloniki may be a little frustrating especially if you are travelling during the peak summer season due to a lot of traffic congestion that you may encounter.
Arrival by Ferry/Boat: The Port of Thessaloniki is one of the largest Greek seaports and one of the largest ports in the Aegean Sea. As a free port, it also functions as a major gateway for the Balkan hinterland, southeastern Europe and Adriatic. It is connected with Piraeus and other major cities of North and Central Greece, as well as islands of North Aegean, Sporades Islands, Cyclades, Dodecanese, Crete, Ionian Islands and Argosaronic.
Furthermore, the port of Thessaloniki is at a 16 km distance from the International "Macedonia" Airport and 1 km only from the Passenger Railway Station.
Arrival by Bus: There are regular bus connections from Athens and Thessaloniki. The buses run daily and several times per day, throughout the year.
Arrival by Train: Travelers coming by train from other parts of Greece or from abroad arrive at the Train Station of Thessaloniki. After arriving at the Train Station of Thessaloniki you can take a taxi or a bus to reach your destination.