Adventures in Kilkis, Greece – A 10 Part Series
As I am writing this article it is April 2021. A little over a year ago, back in March 2020 I spent a few magical days in Greece.
This article and it’s accompanying video are the first in a series of 11 articles highlighting the wonderful adventures I had on this trip.
Most of my time for this trip was delightfully spent about an hour north of Thessaloniki in the regional unit of Kilkis.
Greece – 13 Regions and 74 Regional Units
As my Greek readers already know, in 1986 Greece was organized into 13 regions (14 if you count the Monastic Republic of Mount Athos – but that’s a story for another time)
Those 13 Regions are comprised of 74 regional units.
One of those 13 regions is Central Macedonia.
The wonderful Greek city of Thessaloniki in located in Central Macedonia.
Central Macedonia is comprised of 7 regional units – Chalkidiki, Imathia, Kilkis, Pella, Pieria, Serres, and Thessaloniki.
Yes – Thessaloniki is both the name of a fantastic city in Greece, and the name of a regional unit located with the region of Central Macedonia.
Kilkis, Kilkis, and Kilkis! – a Regional Unit, a City, and a Municipality!
Look – I don’t really want to go over this, however, I am certain that after about reading the adventures I had in Kilkis that you are going to travel there yourself, so we need briefly cover the three Kilkis’.
As I already mentioned, Kilkis is the name of one of the 7 regional units located within the Region of Central Macedonia.
Remember the regional unit of Kilkis is located about a North of the City of Thessaloniki.
Now check this out – the regional unit of Kilkis is made up of two areas known as municipalities – Paionia and wait for it – Kilkis!
For my American readers municipalities in Greece are kind of like counties in the US.
Now get this lovely madness – located within the Municipality of Kilkis there is a city named – you guessed it Kilkis!
In the Western United States within the State of California we have a good size city named Riverside. I grew up not too far from Riverside. In fact, I still remember seeing the movie Star Wars at the Tyler Mall (now the Galleria at Tyler) which is in the city of Riverside.
The City of Riverside is located within Riverside County. Imagine if the state of California was instead named the state of Riverside – You would have Riverside (the city), located with Riverside (the county) within Riverside (the state).
That’s kind of what is happening with these 3 different Kilkis’ – The City of Kilis is located in the Municipality of Kilkis, which is located in the regional unit of Kilkis, which is located within the region of Central Macedonia.
Stay with me now – my amazing adventures took place in the regional unit of Kilkis.
There are number of delightful villages, towns and cities in the regional unit of Kilkis including but not limited to — Evropos, Goumenissa, Griva, Kastaneri, Kilkis, Megala Livadia , Mouries, Plagia (Paionia), Pentalofo, Polykastro, Pontokerasia, and Skra.
My March 2021 adventures in the regional unit of Kilkis included three stellar wineries, an enchanting dive bar, a pastry shop, a stunningly beautiful church, a very lovely park, enjoying an exquisite piece of cake made with xinomavro wine, and a staying in a delightful guesthouse that was my base of operations – the Dimosthenis Guesthouse in Goumenissa.
This brings us to end of this Adventures in Kilkis article.
Look for the second article in this series Dimosthenis Guesthouse in Goumenissa – A Wonderful Home Base for Your Adventures in Kilkis to be published soon!
Below you will find some photos that preview the forthcoming articles in this series.
Wishing you Savory Travel Adventures!
#YouHaveToTravel and when you go #HaveMagnificentMeals
“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page” – Saint Augustine