Nymfaio, Greece

A fairytale escape to Nymfaio in Florina. Nymfaio is a traditional settlement of Mount Vernon (Vitsi ) at an altitude of 1.350 m. It has been singled out as one of the ten most picturesque villages of Europe, according to UNESCO. This fascinating village with stone built houses and cobblestone paths, surrounded by a breathtaking beech forest, looks like it just came out of a fairytale book. Nymfaio is a year round charming destination as it combines remarkable beauty of nature, a distinctive glorious past, unique traditional guesthouses and numerous cafes and restaurants.

Nymfaio will satisfy your thirst for history and introduce you to several interesting traditions. Vlach nomads got installed here in the early 1300, formerly known as Niviesta or Nevesta until 1929. Starting from the late 17th century, the town was one of the largest silversmithing centres in the Balkan area and remained in this dominating position for almost three centuries. These glorious days are reflected in the impressive stone built mansions located in the settlement. Although Nymfaio was affected by the migratory movement in the 1950’s and 1960’s, today it has been revived by the people who have returned to their roots.

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