Chaintou Mountain | Xanthi Highlands | Searching the 30m High Oaks
Updated: Sep 15
George Papadellis | SG Head
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Haidou (or else Erymanthos) is a mountain with a maximum altitude of 1.828 m, close to the Greek-Bulgarian borders (northern Greece). Chaidou is a part of the Koula mountain range, and its main peaks are: Gyftokastro (1.828 m.), Dihala (1.745 m.), Tsouknidotopos (1.709 m.), Malia (1.699 m.), Drymos (1.608 m.), Koula (1.606 m.), Thermo (1.600 m.), Mavri Petra (1.586 m.), Megali Kroussa (1.581 m.) and Erymanthos (1.569 m.).
Discover Natural Beauty
Chaintou Mountain is a majestic range that covers an area of over 500 square kilometers. The area includes the Haidou forest whose oaks are over 100 years old and over 30 m. high, the Tsihla forest (tsihla means chewing gum) which has been nominated as a "Monument of Nature" and the Forest Village of Erymanthos. The Forest Village is in the center of Haidou forest, which has a rich fauna and flora. Apart from the tall oaks, the forest has also firs, pines, the lilly of Rhodope and more, and as far as fauna is concerned there are bears, wolves, deer, the black tsihla bird, wild boars, trouts in the rivers, and more.
Visitors can explore the mountain's natural wonders by hiking its many trails, taking a guided tour, or simply taking in the stunning views from one of the many vantage points. Haidou Mountain is also home to several waterfalls, such as the iconic St. Nicholas Waterfall, which offers a refreshing retreat on a hot summer day. Other points of interest on Chaidou mountain are the Great Lepida Meadow, the river Kosinthos and the Arkoudorema river which flows into Nestos river.
Experience Chaintou Mountain
In addition to its natural beauty, Haidou Mountain has a rich cultural significance, with a history that dates back to ancient times. The area was once home to the Thracian tribe of Sintians, and remnants of their ancient settlements and tombs can still be found in the region. Haidou Mountain is also a sacred site for the Orthodox Church, with several historic monasteries and churches located in the area. Visitors can explore these ancient religious sites and learn about the spiritual significance of Haidou Mountain to the local community.
Adventure and Relaxation
Haidou Mountain offers visitors a range of outdoor activities and adventures, from hiking and mountain biking to rock climbing and paragliding. The area is also home to several camping sites, where visitors can immerse themselves in nature and enjoy a peaceful retreat. For those seeking a more relaxing experience, Chaintou Mountain is also known for its spa and wellness facilities, where visitors can indulge in a range of treatments and activities, such as yoga, meditation, and hot springs.
A Unique Experience
Haidou Mountain is a natural wonder that offers visitors a unique and unforgettable experience. With its stunning natural beauty, rich cultural significance, and range of outdoor activities, Haidou Mountain is a top destination for travelers seeking a deeper connection with nature and history. Come and discover the magic of this idyllic destination for yourself and create memories that will last a lifetime!