Welcome! Let us take you on a journey to the enigmatic Skoteina Morna. This abandoned village in the Pieria region is situated at an altitude of 700 meters and has a history that spans over a century.
Known as “Morna” since the 19th century, the village was named after the Turkish word for “dark place” due to the dense vegetation that covers the area.
It’s interesting to learn about the history of Skoteina, or Morna as the locals still refer to it. Back in 1926, the village was given the Greek name “Skoteina”, but it seems that the original name has stuck around. It’s clear that the village played an important role in connecting Western Macedonia to Katerini, the capital of the Pieria region. And the thriving timber factory that once operated there, taking advantage of the top-quality beech trees from the nearby forest, was certainly impressive. It’s amazing to think that those trees were considered some of the best in the world!
The clear answer is No! Unfortunately, the closure of the factory in the 1960s led to a decline in the village’s resources and residents moved to a new settlement named “Foteina.”
The old settlement remained abandoned, and the locals still call it “Morna.” Despite being uninhabited for over 40 years, the village holds a unique charm that attracts visitors from all over. Its traditional architecture, including the church of Agios Nikolaos, the arched bridge in Mavroneri, and the ruins of the timber factory, give you a glimpse of its once-thriving past.
Skoteina Mornas’s old village has become quite famous for its eerie stories, which have turned it into a “haunted” place in modern folk traditions. If you’re up for a thrilling adventure, you can explore the village’s abandoned houses and check out signs of a hasty departure by the inhabitants, adding to the mysterious ambiance.
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The lush forest that surrounds the village is an amazing place for a hike with plenty of surprises along the way. So, it’s your opportunity to explore the dense forest that encompasses the village and discover the amazing hiking route filled with natural wonders. And if you’re up for a little more excitement, why not take on the cycling route? It’s a beautiful ride that will fill your senses with the delightful scents of wildflowers and the spices of Olympus.
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