The Salonica View alternative tourism office organizes a one-day hike to the Murion waterfall (Belles) and a visit to Lake Doirani and Obelisk Hill.
A few words about our trip:
We will start early by bus from Thessaloniki. We will head towards the village of Kilkis. From there, after a nearly two-hour drive, we will turn towards the village of Mouries. Entering the village we will continue our route until we meet the Mouries railway station. At this point, the mountain guide and leader of the expedition will talk to us about the route the group will follow. After completing our hike we will return to our bus and visit Lake Doirani. Those who wish will have the opportunity to climb to the top of the Obelisk. In the end, we will have free time for rest and coffee before returning back to Thessaloniki.
A few words about our waterfall hike:
From the Mouries Railway Station, we will follow an asphalt road for about 4 km initially and then we will enter a dirt road for about 3 km which leads us to the beginning of the trail. At the beginning of the path, there is also a recreation area with benches, a kiosk, and table seats. Our hike will first start on a forest road and then on a path through an impressive forest until we reach the impressive Muria waterfall. The path is relatively easy to pass and with gentle slopes. The waterfall is 720 meters long. We will have time to enjoy the waterfall and take a bath. Then we will return by the same route.
Flora of the hike:
Through our hiking route, we will encounter a forest full of beeches, oaks, and century-old plane trees.
The Murion waterfall:
It is located on Mount Beles, north of Mouries village in Kilkis. The flow of water is great all year round and comes from a stream that originates from Mount Belles at an altitude of about 1450 m. The waterfall is at an altitude of about 720 m. The stream then heads south towards the Mouries Railway Station and after joining other streams in the area it turns west and flows into Lake Doirani.
The lake of Doirani:
It is located in the north of the prefecture of Kilkis and at a distance of only 75 km from Thessaloniki. At the beginning of the 20th century, the area of Doirani was associated with military conflicts, which marked Greek and world history. The battle of the same name was fought in the area between Greek and Bulgarian troops in 1913. The lake also formed the southernmost line of the Macedonian Front of World War I and its southern shore was the scene of yet another battle, this time between the allied Greek and British troops, attacking from the south and of Bulgarian troops that were to the east of the lake. Today, on a hill a few hundred meters south of the lake, there is a memorial to the battle and two cemeteries for the Greek and British soldiers.
At the top of the hill "Obeliskos" N.W. of the lake, dominates the British World War I Doiran Memorial, with its imposing marble lions - symbols of the old British Empire. The imposing memorial, for the British Thessaloniki Force a reference point for more than 2,000 Commonwealth soldiers whose graves are unknown, was designed by Sir Robert Lorimer and crafted by Walter Gilbert in the late 1930s. The site offers one of the most beautiful panoramas of the lake and the surrounding area.
Features of hiking at the Mouries waterfall:
Distance: 7 kilometers
Duration including return: 4 hours
Difficulty level: 1-2
**Relatively good physical condition is required
*** Suitable for children: 10+ (must be accompanied by an adult)
25 euros/person by bus
The price includes:
- Escort and organization
- Experienced mountain guides
- Transportation by bus
- First aid box
- VHF wireless
CAUTION!!! Payment of the full amount is made to the bank accounts below within 4 days of your booking. Otherwise, the booking is cancelled.
IBAN of Piraeus Bank GR41 0172 2220 0052 2209 3179 693 (Beneficiary: ANDREAS TSAGARIS)
IBAN of National Bank GR2701102230000022300527524 (Beneficiary: TSAGARIS ANDREAS)
*** In case the payment is made by a bank other than the above, the customer must pay the additional cost.
You must have with you:
- Hiking boots or good sports shoes
- Hiking pants or leggings
- Second shirt, socks, one small towel (change)
- Raincoat (required)
- Hat, sunglasses, sunscreen
- Trekking Pole (optional)
- Camera (optional)
Note 1. When you press to make a reservation, declare in the message where you will take the bus from. The options are Voulgari (Everest), Aristotelous (Statue of Venizelos) or One Salonica.
Note 2. In case of cancellation of the event due to bad weather conditions, the excursion is moved to another date. Participants unable to participate on that date will be refunded. However, if again the weather conditions do not allow the event to take place, the event is permanently canceled and everyone is refunded. In case of cancellation by the participants, 7 days or less before the date of the event, the money is not returned.
Note 3. Photographic material is shared on our page and social media after each event. By participating in a Salonica View event, you also accept the sharing of photos. Otherwise, please let us know.
Note 4. For the best functioning of the event and for safety reasons, participants must comply with the instructions of the attendants.
The excursion schedule in detail:
07:00 - Departure by bus from Eastern Thessaloniki (Voulgari - Everest)
07:15 – Departure from Thessaloniki (Venizelos Statue – Aristotelous Square)
07:30 - Departure from West Thessaloniki (One Salonica)
09:30 – Start of Hiking
14:00 – End of Hiking
15:00 - Visit Lake Doirani and (optional) climb to the top of the Obelisk
16:00 – Free time to rest (food or coffee)
16:30 – Departure to return to Thessaloniki
18:00 - Possible return time to Thessaloniki