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Korylovos Suburban Forest

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Korylovos Forest is characterized as suburban, because it is located close to the urban or semi-u5rban centre, in the mid of the city and the countryside. It becomes a part of the urban landscape, as a natural and a functional continuation of it.

 Korylovos of Drama city (or Korylofos=koryhill for some others – because there are as many opinions about it, as the 6people are), is a characteristic sample of a suburban forest, which is located north of the town - 500m far. Its coordinates are: East Longitude 24° 09’ and North Latitude 41° 08’. The height over the sea starts from 160m and reaches 600m. The general exposure is south and the largest part of slope terrain is high – about 10 to 70%. The whole region is a public property. The use of this place till nowadays is regarded as a kind of recreation or protection of the city from the floods. There is another use of the forest, mentioning to the artificial Pine Forest, which is located at its foot. Korylovos flora consists of Black Pines, Aleppo Pines, Rough Pines, Acacia, Holm Oak (Quercus coccifera), Cypress, Oleaster (Wild Olive) and Sparto (Sedge). According to the fauna of this place, we can find mainly fowl as Woodpeckers, Goldfinches, Collared Doves, Blackbirds and some other species, such as squirrels, hares (rarely, however, they have been mentioned), turtles and butterflies.


A WALK TO KORYLOVOS

Drama dwellers visit the suburban forest of Korylovos and the ring road - at its foot, 3everyday - for a walk, having sports, enjoying the view and feel a relief in their soul. If we make a2 walk there, we can see many people crossing the Pine and Cypress Forest, leaving behind them the urban problems of their daily life. We can also see people running, accompanied by their dogs, bike riders and athletes, as well - who train themselves - even couples, enjoying the beautiful view from there. There are trails - some of which are mountaineering – if someone wants to leave the asphalt road. These trails lead to the top of Korylovos Hill. Reaching the top, they see people, who occupy with glider and fly up to drama’s sky with Parapente (a French word) – to be specific it is an abbreviation of the words Parachute de pente, which is translated as: paraglide. Up to the top of Korylovos, one can see Drama city as a miniature. They can see Kalabaki and 1Paggeo Mount in front of them – on the left, the lowland villages, such as Choristi, Doxato, Agios Athanasios and Filippi Castle of Lydia. On the right, 4they see Menikio Mount, towards Prosotsani village and the road that leads to Nevrokopi basin and Falakro Ski Resort. Behind them, domains Falakro Mount and the rest of the magnificent mountain range of Rhodope (this mountain range named like that by the Thracian queen Rhodope, who gods turned her into a mountain to punish her for being arrogant). It is worth to start the touring from the closest to Drama city forest, in order to meet better the other nature’s miracles of Drama Regional Unit. It is about forests that differ from others, because of their special wild beauty (Spruce, Birch Forest, Falakro Mount with its special species of herbs and orchids and Frakto Virgin Forest), the water (Nestos River, artificial lakes of Kato Nevrokopi and Paranesti, streams and magnificent waterfalls all over Drama Regional Unit) and Springs Cave of Aggitis (the only one with running water). The harmonious coexistence of the rare flora with the virgin natural wealth, make Drama be the ideal destination for every active, demanding and adventurous visitor!