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  The train crosses Stena Nestou, on a winter day
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  • The train crosses Stena Nestou, on a winter day - Kavala
      The train crosses Stena Nestou, on a winter day
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  • The railway and the path along the river - Kavala
      The railway and the path along the river
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  • Nestos river - Kavala

Whether you are the adventurous kind of traveler, or you simply enjoy the beauty of nature, don’t miss the chance to visit Nestos river and walk by the meanders, formed as the river flows through the mountains of Rodopi. This area, known as Stena Nestou (narrow pass of Nestos), is located between the prefectures of Kavala and Xanthi and is run by the European trail network E6. It is protected as “aesthetic wood”, due to the rich flora and fauna, that lives by the river and the sharp slopes of the surrounding mountains. During this pleasant walk you ‘ll find ancient planes, cedars, oaks, wild olive tress and wild flowers of all colors, especially in Springtime. Depending of the period of visit, you might see flocks of waterbirds, or rare birds of prey, flying over the sharp cliffs.
You can enter the path at the end of Toxotes - Galani village and walk about 5,5 Kms to the view point and water source of Kromniko. It is a well-preserved stone path, with spectacular view to the river’s meanders. The path was made about 100 years ago, to help with the construction of the railway between Thessaloniki and Constantinopolis. Unfortunately, the path stops right there, at Kromniko, and if you wish to continue, you have to follow the railway line. BUT, this can be really dangerous, since there are three big tunnels to be crossed. So, if you decide to do it, make sure you are very well informed about the timetable of trains.
And said by the way, this historical railway, part of the famous Orient Express, still runs by the flow of the river and it connects up today Thrace with the rest of Greece. Actually, you do have the choice to visit this area by train. There are six train connections a day, between Stavroupoli and Toxotes stations and it takes about 15 minutes to cross the “Stena” of Nestos river. So, grap a seat by the window and... enjoy!
In case you might need it, keep the telephone number of Toxotes station: 25410 93290 and Stavroupoli station: 25420 22363. And in case you want to try some outdoor activities on the river (canoe, kayak, etc), have a look on

Address: Galani, at the end of Toxotes village
Directions: Toxotes-Galani village is 40 Kms away from Kavala in direction to Xanthi (east). The road stops right by the river, in a beautiful area, with sandy banks, big trees and a lot of tavernas. There you park your car and continue on foot, you can’ t miss it.

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  • Updated Sep 9, 2011
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