Macedonia, Greece: things to do and see in the largest region of Greece

Macedonia is the largest region of Greece, located in the northern part of the country and extended from Kavala (eastern part) to Grevena (western part). Macedonia consists of 13 prefectures and is administratively divided into 3 sub-regions West (Florina, Kastoria, Kozani and Grevena), Central (Thessaloniki, Halkidiki, Imathia, Kilkis, Pella, Serres and Pieria)and East (Drama and Kavala). Visitors who would like to make the round of Macedonia will need several days perhaps weeks to visit the main points. Macedonia offered for a visit at any time of the year (summer or/and winter vacations, travel recreation etc).

HISTORICAL & ARCHAEOLOGICAL INTEREST

Thessaloniki

A couple of days needed to be able to visit the main points in the city such as white tower, Aristotle Square, the avenue of victory for coffee with a great view at the Thermaic Gulf, the port, the railway station, statue of Eleftherios Venizelos, the Roman Market, the Arch of Galerius, Rotunda (around will find bars and cafeterias for drinking or/and eating), the castles in Upper City (entire city at your feet, fantastic view), the former prison of Genti Koules, the Aristotle University, the international expo, the Archaeological Museum, the statue of Alexander the Great (new beach area) and the Concert Hall.

Thessaloniki seafront

Thessaloniki seafront

Halkidiki

Olynthus is ancient city of Halkidiki, built in a fertile plain, in the area of Torone, at the southern part of Sithonia. For the first time, the region was inhabited during the Neolithic Age in Greece between 5300 to 4500 BC. Stageira is the birthplace of the great ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle (384 – 322 BC). The small village lies at the foot of the mountain of Stratoniki (500 meters height). The distance from the city of Thessaloniki is 73 km.

Halkidiki

Halkidiki

Imathia

Veria is a known city from the classical era in Greece (Thucydides) and remarkable places for a visit are the history podium of Apostle Paul, who taught in the town of Veria (app. 100 AD), the former courthouse square Raktivan, the Byzantine and Archaeological Museum and the unique collection of Byzantine icons. Vergina became known worldwide in 1977 from the excavations conducted by the Greek archaeologist Manolis Andronikos who brought to the surface the royal tombs of Phillip II the Macedonian, the father of Alexander the Great.

Pella

The ancient city-capital of the Macedonian kingdom with more than 2000 years of history.

Pieria

Dion is a city in Pieria and is located at an altitude of 30 metres, in the ruins of the ancient Dion, 15 kilometers south of Katerini. Olympus is the highest mountain in Greece (Mitikas 2918 meters) and renowned throughout the world because ancient Greeks had put Olympus the residence of the Twelve Gods.

SUMMER VACATIONS

Halkidiki is a world famous tourist destination for many years due to the numerous mountains and breathtaking scenery that surrounds the entire region. But more famous is because of the beautiful beaches of Cassandra (southwest area) and Sithonia (southeast area) and the unforgettable summer evenings.

Pieria is south of Macedonia and is full of beautiful beaches, which range from Makrigialos (north of Katerini) and reaches up to Platamonas (south of Katerini).

Kavala is the eastern part of Macedonia and offered for unique summer vacation with many notable beaches such as Keramote. Across the city there is a small but beautiful island of Thasos, in which you can go by ferry.

WINTER VACATIONS

Pieria

Litohoro is a popular city for those who wish to start climbing the legendary mountain of Olympus. Elatohori is mountainous village, 28 km from Katerini and it is better known by the ski center, which is located at an altitude of 1500 meters.

Imathia & others

Seli is another one mountainous village in the prefecture of Imathia, shelter of winter sports and located in the mountain of Vermio. It is a paradise for skiers in winter season. Other famous Macedonian destinations for winter vacations are Voras (prefecture of Pella in central Macedonia), Vitsi (prefecture of Kastoria in west Macedonia), Vasilitsa (prefecture of Grevena in west Macedonia), Viglas (prefecture of Florina in west Macedonia), Lailia (prefecture of Serres in east Macedonia) and Falakro (prefecture of Drama in east Macedonia).

OTHER ACTIVITIES

Also, visit the verdant plains and mountains of Kilkis, the waterfalls of Edessa, the wetlands of Kastoria, the factories that produce electricity of Ptolemaida, the large library of the University of Kozani, the area of Suli well-known village in Serres from the actions of the residents against the Turks during the Ottoman period in Greece, baths of Loutrakiou in Pella, the wetlands of Kerkini in the prefecture of Serres, Koronia and Volvi lakes in the prefecture of Thessaloniki and more.

The list with the activities is almost endless. There are many and great things that any visitor can do for first time in his/her life. What is significant is that at any point of Macedonia you will certainly meet friendly people, fine wines of exceptional quality, unique sites, delicious food, comfortable, beautiful beaches, real contact with nature and an endless Greek history, which continues from the Palaeolithic period.

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