Sérres (Greek: Σέρρες, older form: Σέῤῥαι Sérrai) is a city in Macedonia, Greece. It is situated in a fertile plain at an elevation of about 70 m, some 24 km northeast of the Strymon river and 69 km north-east of the Macedonian capital, Thessaloniki. The Rhodope Mountains rise to the north and east of the city. The city is the capital of the prefecture of Serres and is situated in the Central Macedonia periphery.
To the North the hills and the first heights of the Vrondou mountain chain embrace the city which has as its typical landmark the hill of the Acropolis (Koulas), while to the South it overlooks the fertile plain, through which the Strymon flows some 24km away.
The city of Serres, almost entirely rebuilt since the Bulgarian incendiarism, is a pleasant city, with wide streets, surrounded by abundant woods and luxuriant gardens. The city is typical of the ample width of its road structure, its parks, its squares and in general, with anything that might be a reference point to an integral modern city plan.
From the ruined castle that crowns the round wooded hill to the north, visitors can enjoy the wonderful view and they are invited to explore the pine-filled hill through many picturesque paths
On the way to this hill, located at Exohon Street, there is one of the most beautiful park in Serres, the park of Saints' Anargiri valley. Being close to the center of the town it is used as a place of leisure, sports and entertainment by both the young and the old. Lots of clubs and cafes located in this area offer a lot of opportunities for an exciting night life during the summer months.
There is much to see in Serres. The city has many parks and protected forests. The ruins of the cities medieval castle is one of the major sites of interest, and the area traditionally attracted many nature lovers and outdoor tourists due to rugged countryside and splendid trekking paths.
On the road to Koula hills on Exochon (Exochi) Street, two parks, one is the Agioi Anargyroi Park founded near the downtown area. Night clubs and cafeterias used to be a popular attraction, especially in the summertime.
The city offers a rich cultural activity in many sectors. Athletic, cultural and folklore associations coexist creatively while the City Cultural Center offers an alternative to the creativity and intellectual restlessness of the citizens through the many educational sectors that it provides as well as through the cultural events that it organises. Finally the City Regional Theatre which is committed to looking for ways to satisfy the requirements of its audience is a decisive factor in the cultural matters of Serres.
When you come to Serres, you should buy its delicious traditional sweets, including “akanes”. It is made from fresh goat butter manufactured in the region of Mt Lailias. It resembles a small Turkish delight and has a strong flavour of well-roasted almond. The history of this dessert dates back to the period of the Turkish occupation when Mt Lailias served as the holiday resort of Ottoman beys.
The “akanes” sweet was prepared in large cauldrons in which the “retseli” preserve was boiled together with “petimezi”, a Greek wine must syrup, and water from the springs of Mt Lailias. This is why it is called “Akanes Lailia Serron”. In fact, the unique flavour of “akanes” is believed to be due to the special, light and cool water springing from Mt Lailias.
Later, the “retseli” preserve and the “petimezi” syrup were replaced by sugar cane and corn flour. Today, sugar is used instead. As soon as the above-mentioned mixture thickened, fresh butter as well as dried fruit and nuts were added to it. When it was ready, it was let to cool before being cut into small pieces
Today, the “akanes” dessert mainly consists of sugar, butter, starch, almonds and corn flour.
The night life of Serres could be characterized perfect. It can cover everyone’s needs and demands. Therefore if you like tranquility and endless discussions you can join the fabulous cafes in the main square, but if you like non stop music and dance, you can join the night clubs in the city of Serres. During the winter, the night life is focused on pedestrian streets of the city center. On the area of the city center you can also find bars and pubs, restaurants and patisseries with the famous “akanes”. During the night of “Tsiknopempti”, the street is becoming a place for various events and parties, as everyone is drinking, eating and dancing until the morning in the rythmes of the Hallowing. During the summer, the night life is transferred in the valley of Agious Anargirous.