How to Get There
Lake Kerkini is located 574 kilometers from Athens; it takes about 6 hours to cover the distance. Take the National Road (or Highway, Ethniki Odos) from Athens to Thessaloniki, and from there follow the signs for Serres. Approximately 55 kilometers after Thessaloniki, you will find the exit for Lake Kerkini. Lake Kerkini is situated 14 kilometers from the main road that heads from Thessaloniki to Serres, and 70 kilometers from Thessaloniki.
You can reach several villages around Lake Kerkini by bus from the Serres Bus Station, or stathmos leoforion KTEL (telephone 23210-22822).
You can also reach the wider region of Lake Kerkini by train from Athens, via Thessaloniki. For example, it takes about about one and a quarter hours to go from Thessaloniki to Rodopoli and 1 hour and 35 minutes for the village of Vyroneia. Information and ticket reservations are available from the Hellenic Railways Association, telephone 14511.
The road network in the area is in fairly good condition, apart from the main road from Kilkis to Promachonas, which has many potholes because of all the trucks that use it daily. The road that connects Sidirokastro with the Greek-Bulgarian border is brand new, although the work is not quite complete. In most of the region, the roads are convenient and easy to navigate, because they are in the lowlands. The only place you will encounter turns is in the foothills of Mount Beles and on the roads leading to the fortresses of Istimpei and Roupel.
Other Means of Transport
A bus departs daily from Serres, heading to most of the villages in the prefecture.
1. The best time to visit the area is spring, when everything is green and blooming. Keep in mind, of course, that you're in northern Greece, where the weather is cool in the springtime, and even on summer evenings.
2. Because of the lake, the water, and the rice fields on the plain of Serres, the area has many mosquitoes, especially when the weather is warm. Buy mosquito repellent, close the screens (all houses and rooms for rent in the region have screens) and avoid peak times for mosquitoes, 8 to 10 in the evening.
3. Since you are so close to Bulgaria, it would be a shame not to make a visit to the neighboring country. So do not forget to bring along the new type of ID, or a passport.
4. The area around the lake (especially the lakeside and mountain roads) is full of both large and small animals. Drive carefully, especially in the evening, when visibility is limited.
5. You will find a pharmacy in almost every village, but for a bank or post office, you should head to one of the towns like Irakleia or Sidirokastro.
Useful Phone Numbers
Police Station of Poroia - 23270-22353
Police Station of Sidirokastro - 23230-22812
Hospital of Serres - 23210-94500
Health Center of Sidirokastro - 23233-50000
Regional Health Clinic of Kerkini - 23270-41222
Township of Sintiki - 23233-50200
Citizens’ Service Center of Sidirokastro - 23230-28281