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Thessaloniki and Central Macedonia Travel Guide

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Plan Your Thessaloniki and Central Macedonia Vacation

A land shaped by gods, warriors, and ghosts, Northern Greece sparkles with the sights, sounds, scents, and colors of its melting-pot history and epic geography. Here you will find remnants of the powerful civilizations that battled each other: temples and fortifications built by Athens and Sparta, Macedonian tombs, the arches and rotundas of imperial Rome, the domes of Byzantium, and

the minarets and hammams (baths) of the Ottomans. Today, these sights are rank among the most splendid sightseeing delights in Greece.

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Top Reasons To Go

  1. Mt. Olympus Bask in a gods'-eye view from the top of Greece's highest peak, often covered in clouds and lighting as if to prove Zeus still holds sway—ascend skyward thanks to numerous enchanting trails.
  2. Thrilling Thessaloniki In this great commercial hub, the Armani suits and €5 coffees are a contrast to the ruins of the ancient city walls, Byzantine monuments, and the spirited bartering of the city's bazaar.
  3. Between Heaven and Earth Mt. Athos, pinpointed with monasteries, is Greece's most solemn precinct; off-limits to women, it is an exclusive bastion as well.
  4. Alexander the Great Sites The fabled ancient ruler made this region the crossroads of the ancient world—walk in his footsteps in Pella (his birthplace), and Vergina (home to the royal tomb of his father, Phillip II).

When To Go

When to Go

Travel throughout Northern Greece is best from May through October. Fall is beautiful; the air is cool and clear and the forests are dressed in burnis...

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