Thinking about visiting Greece
for your next holiday? The region of Macedonia is one of the most visited parts of the country, containing popular destinations such as Halkidiki, Thassos, Kavala, Thessaloniki, and the towering Mount Olympus. A former kingdom of Alexander the Great, today Greek Macedonia has many great hotels. Whether you want to laze on beautiful beaches, explore fascinating ancient sites, discover the abundance of local wildlife, dine on rich and tasty cuisine, or have fun and frolics with friends, Macedonia offers a great mix for everyone. It is perfect for couples looking for a romantic haven, families wanting to entertain the kids, and friends who want to chill out, unwind, and explore.
Known for its lovely beaches, Thessaloniki
is perfect for those who want to swim in the clear ocean, bathe on golden sands, and enjoy the cultural atmosphere. It was the birthplace of many of Greece's greatest scholars, artists, musicians, and poets, and there are many cultural events paying homage to the greats all throughout the year. Halkidiki is another haven for sun worshippers and beach lovers. Mountains, valleys, and cute villages provide plenty of distractions away from the sands, making for a well-rounded trip. Thassos boasts great beaches, dramatic landscapes, and historic sites.
For a glimpse of Macedonia's past, pay a visit to Vergina with its Royal Palace and tombs, the ancient religious city of Dion, the extraordinary mosaics at Pella, and the old battlefield of Philippi. Steeped in myths and legends, Mount Olympus offers great hiking and gorgeous views. For some winter fun head to Vigla or Drama, where you can ski to your heart's content.
In the summer months the relatively quiet and unspoilt Prespa Lakes are ideal for people who like to get off the beaten track a bit and explore nature at her very best. The waterfront is lined with traditional taverns and fish restaurants. Lake Orestiada is another top spot to enjoy the water, and the pretty town of Kastoria is often said to be one of the most charming towns in the country. The city of Kavala is home to an enormous Byzantine fortress that sits near to a delightful harbour; with views to die for, lively eateries, and heaps of interesting cultural sites, it is easy to see why Kavala is so well loved.
All of these wonderful and inspiring places can easily be reached by flying into Thessaloniki Airport
. Compare flights today, and take a peek at the terrific selection of accommodation in Greek Macedonia.
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