The Forest of Elatia (or Kara Dere)
The area is located in the central and northern parts of the
prefecture and extends along the Greek-┬ulgarian border area.
It is characterised by dense forests which cover 90% of the area
and by the existence of the forest village of Elatia.
At the location known as "Koutra" which lies 72km from
Drama lies the forest village of Elatia, owned by the Forest Service,
the village being the administrative and operational centre for
the Forest of Elatia.
The village consists of impressive stone buildings which are used
by the Forest Service to put §˝ visitors, among other things.
The village is fully equipped with running water, electricity
The only forest of spruce trees in the country is to be found
at Elatia where the landscape brings to mind similar landscapes
in central and northern Europe. Moreover there is also another
unique forest nearby at the location known as "Magoula"
consisting of birch trees.
Other species of trees and bushes which can be encountered are
Abies borisii regis (which resembles the European poplar), pinus
sylvestris, cedars, beech, birch, poplar, willow, sorbus, maple,
oak, ash, alder, dogwood, hornbeam, ostrya, elder, bourtree, wild
roses, whortleberries and so on while there is a whole range of
softwood plants to be seen. Generally speaking there is a great
wealth of plant species in Elatia (more than 700) many of which
are endemic (local) to the Balkans, and many of which are rare
in Greece. Moreover, a wide variety of mushrooms are to be seen
many of which are edible (Boletus, Shaggymane and Amanita caesarea).
The fauna in the area is also rich with species such as the brown
bear, the wild boar, the deer, the roe deer, the hare, the wolf,
the wild cat, the wood-pigeon, eagles, hawks and woodpeckers,
See also the following photos:
forest village of Elatia
in the forest of Elatia
of the forest 1
of the forest 2
of the forest 3
of the forest 4
in the forert
in the forest
of Stravorema 2