Thessaloniki and Central Macedonia

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  • 1. Aigai Archaeological Site

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    Some of antiquity's greatest treasures await you at the Royal Tombs of Vergina, opened to the public in 1993, 16 years after their discovery...Read More

  • 2. Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki

    Kentro | Museum/Gallery

    The unpretentious, single-story white structure gives no hint from the outside of the treasures within. A superb collection of artifacts from...Read More

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  • 3. Dion Archaeological Site

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    Being at the base of sacred Olympus, Dion was a sacred city for the Macedonians, devoted primarily to Zeus and his daughters, the Muses. A city...Read More

  • 4. Institute Mohamed Ali

    Educational Institution

    The founder of the last royal dynasty to rule Eygpt, Mohamed Ali, was born in this two-story, 18th-century konak-style house in the Old Town...Read More

  • 5. Osios David

    Ano Polis | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This entrancing little church with a commanding view of the city was supposedly built about AD 500 in honor of Galerius's daughter, who was...Read More

  • 6. Philippi


    One of antiquity's most famous cities, Philippi, lies just 13 km (8 miles) north of Kavala. Expecially famous for the battle between the assassins...Read More

  • 7. Spilios Agapitos

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    During any Mt. Olympus hike, you could take a lunch break or stay overnight at Spilios Agapitos. The refuge is run by the daughter of Kostas...Read More

  • 8. White Tower

    Kentro | Museum/Gallery

    The city's most famous landmark, and a symbol of Macedonia, the White Tower is the only medieval defensive tower left standing along the seafront...Read More

  • 9. Ammolofoi Beach


    Of the many excellent beaches surrounding Kavala, Ammolofoi remains the most popular. Located about 16 km (10 miles) west of Kavala, just past...Read More

  • 10. Arch of Galerius

    Kentro | Archaeological Site/Ruins

    The imposing kamára (arch) is one of a number of monuments built by Galerius around AD 305, during his reign as co-emperor of Diocletian's...Read More

  • 11. Atatürk Museum

    Kentro | House/Mansion/Villa

    The soldier and statesman who established the Republic of Turkey and became its president, Atatürk (Mustafa Kemal) was born here in 1881. He...Read More

  • 12. Athonos Square

    Kentro | Plaza/Square/Piazza

    A warren of side streets around a tiny square with a fountain is filled with tavernas and crafts stores. The area is frequently referred to...Read More

  • 13. Athos Sea Cruises


    Some travelers prefer to cruise past 12 monasteries since they are off-limits to women. Athos Sea Cruises sails for the Mt. Athos area from...Read More

  • 14. Ayia Sofia

    Kentro | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The founding date of this church, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the focal point of the city's Easter and Christmas celebrations, has been...Read More

  • 15. Ayios Dimitrios

    Kentro | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Magnificent and covered in mosaics, this five-aisle basilica is Greece's largest church and a powerful tribute to the patron saint of Thessaloniki...Read More

  • 16. Ayios Nikolaos Orfanos

    Ano Polis | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Noted frescoes here include the unusual Ayion Mandilion in the apse, which shows Jesus superimposed on a veil sent to an Anatolian king, and...Read More

  • 17. Ayios Panteleimon

    Kentro | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    A prime example of 14th-century Macedonian religious architecture, Ayios Panteleimon is an eye-catching church that draws you in to take a closer...Read More

  • 18. Church of the Metamorphosis

    Kentro | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This sunken church, part of which is (as the name would suggest) below ground level, is an example of 14th-century Macedonian ecclesiastical...Read More

  • 19. Eptapyrghion

    Ano Polis | Building/Architectural Site

    In modern times, this Byzantine fortress—its name means "the seven towers" even though there are ten towers—was an abysmal prison, closed only...Read More

  • 20. Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki

    Kentro | Museum/Gallery

    Among the displays in this museum dedicated to the history of the local Jewish community are tombstones from the city's ancient necropolis,...Read More

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