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Beginning ypur trip from  Thessaloniki or Chalkidiki, you can make excursions in the area of northern and central Greece. The road network is quite extensive and most of it is  covered by modern highways.

Archaeological sites, monuments and cultural treasures of world interest, picturesque towns and villages, beautiful beaches are all in short distances from the city and ideal for a relaxing and enjoyable day trip.
 

Vergina

A small town in the prefecture of Imathia, 80km from Thessaloniki. The museum and the archaeological site attract visitors the world over, as it was here that, in 1977, the tomb of King Philip II, father of Alexander the Great, was discovered. You can visit the archaeological site and admire the unique treasures in the museum. The city of Veria,  capital of the prefecture is only  in a 12km. distance from Vergina.

 

Mount Athos

Mount Athos: The Garden of Virgin Mary, where spirituality, nature and man co-exist in pure harmony. Some of the most precious treasures of Orthodoxy are kept in the monasteries, all of which  are buildings of unique architectural value. This holy place is, for thousands of people , a lifetime destination  and place of tranquility and meditation. You can drive to Ouranoupoli of Chalkidiki (approximately 120 kilometers from Thessaloniki). There, at the port, you can take a boat to Daphne, the port of this Monastic State.

 

Philippi & Kavala

The ancient city of Philippi, with the impressive archaeological site, is named after King Philip of Macedonia. The city was an important center in ancient times and it was here that the Apostle Paul founded the first Christian church in Europe. Kavala (165chlm. from Thessaloniki) is the historical continuity of Philippi, a city built facing the sea, with beautiful neighborhoods, vividness and remarkable history.

 

Cave of Alistrati and Kerkini Lake

80km away from Thessaloniki lies the city of Serres, with many interesting sights. Cave of Alistrati (50km from Serres), one of the largest and most beautiful in Europe, attracts visitors and scientists from around the world. Lake Kerkini (36km north of Serres, 110 from Thessaloniki) is artificial, created in 1932 by damming the Strymon River. Lake forests, protected animals and more than 300 birds create a  breathtaking landscape.

 

Edessa & Naoussa

These two Macedonian towns are 90km away from Thessaloniki (30km distance from each other). Naoussa has a wonderful natural environment, is famous for its carnival festivities and it is ideal for ecological tours. Edessa is full of green parks, rivers crossing the town , among them the Edessaios River, while the most distinctive landmark is the 70m height waterfalls.

 

Volos & Pelion

Volos, one of the country’s largest cities, is built on the side of the sea and under the shadow of Mount Pelion. It is a modern city with a  rich history and many attractions. Mount Pelion is ideal for any time of year. During winter , the picturesque villages and the ski centre attract many visitors, while in summer the sandy beaches  are full of people enjoying the beauty of the Aegean Sea.

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