The picturesque town in the Axios Valley

Polykastro is the second-largest town in the Kilkis regional unit, with approximately 7,000 inhabitants, located in the Axios River valley. It is located on the eastern bank of the river, opposite the town of Axioupoli, which is located on the western bank. Polykastro is about 20 kilometers away from the border with North Macedonia, 31 kilometers from Kilkis, and less than an hour's drive from the center of Thessaloniki. The settlement has ancient roots and evolved into a modern and beautiful town over the years. It was founded in the late 14th century and was known for a long time as "Karasouli," named after the black waters of a tributary of the Axios River. A characteristic architectural example from that era is the Post-Byzantine Ottoman Baths of Polykastro, dating back to the Ottoman period, located to the south of the town.

Polykastro is spread over an area, with tiled roofed houses, maintaining a nostalgic charm while developing since the 19th century when the construction of its railway station marked the beginning of its growth. Today, the station building is considered a landmark. Taking a stroll through the town's streets, especially during autumn and winter when the snow changes the scenery, transporting visitors to the pages of a book or scenes from a classic movie, observing the blend of traditional buildings with modern constructions.

In the area, there are two significant World War I monuments, as many significant military operations took place around the town. The British Military Cemetery and the Allied Memorial, well maintained and open throughout the year, providing valuable information about the region's wartime history. Starting from Polykastro, visitors can explore nearby attractions such as the Skra Battle Memorial, the famous waterfalls with the Emerald Lake, the Artificial Lake of Metalleio, Goumenissa, and the incomparable beauty of Mount Paiko.

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