Just 8 kilometers south-east from the city of Veria, after the village of Agia Varvara, in the so-called “Stena” of Aliakmonas, a narrow and quite steep ravine between the Pieria Mountains and Vermio, is the dam of Aliakmonas. The river with the longest length in Greece that originates from the mountains of Grammos, runs through a large part of Macedonia and flows into the Thermaikos Gulf.
Aliakmonas, before the construction of the dam which created the technical lake of Agia Varvara, in the mid-1950s, did not have a stable bed, as a result of which it frequently flooded and swamps formed. This project, in addition to its contribution to the smooth irrigation of the surrounding lands and the water supply of Thessaloniki, also created a destination for walks, strolls and recreation, which one can easily access due to the proximity to the Egnatia hub and also to park his car comfortably.
There are many places on the banks of the river that one can visit and enjoy walking or cycling with a view of the lake and the Aliakmonas Dam, a view that becomes magical when the peach trees of the Veria plain are blooming. One can also fish in the area while the area is great for walking with four-legged friends. Despite the fact that the lake of Agia Varvara is technical, it looks as if it is natural due to its harmonious integration into the surrounding beautiful natural landscape.