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Explore Macedonia

In Macedonia, the change of scenery takes place practically at filming speed. Endless stretches of sandy beaches are washed by crystal clear seas in Pieria, Halkidiki, and the islands of Samothrace and Thassos. A massif of rare beauty commands the area, snow-covered throughout most of the year. Its highest and most famous mountain is Olympus, the mountain of the ancient Greek gods. The area also boasts a number of equally impressive mountains, namely Mts. Pangaio, Kaimaktsalan (Voras) and Falakro. The Rodopi range completes the region’s geophysical map.

The area includes significant ecosystems that comprise wetlands and other habitats of great importance to Europe’s flora and fauna! Greece’s largest rivers flow here (Axios, Aliakmonas, Strymonas, Gallikos or Loudias and Nestos); together with lakes of various sizes (Small Prespa, Great Prespa, Vegoritida, Chimaditida, Doirani, Kerkini, Orestiada) they define the limits of Western, Central and Eastern Macedonia.

The fertile macedonian land has played an active part throughout the history of Greek civilisation. Historic monuments known across the world as well as magnificent religious structures compose the cultural heritage of Macedonia. Locals are proud and hospitable people who have cherished and honoured this precious heritage in their everyday lives, through traditions that have stood the test of time for more than a thousand years and the creation of a special gastronomic style

 

Western Macedonia
It comprises Grevena, Kastoria, Kozani and Florina districts.
Must-visit locations:
· The numerous stone-built bridges (particularly the one in Portitsa) in Grevena area.
· Mastorochoria (NW of Grevena town). This is a group of 25 villages that were named after ‘Mastores’ i.e. the stone craftsmen who built the villages from the 18th century until the 1950s.
· Vasilitsa ski centre (45 km W of Grevena) and Vigla Pisoderiou (23 km W of Florina) for snow sports, Valia Kalda (a.k.a. the Pindus National Park) for hiking and off road riding and Deskati for mountaineering (62 km SE of Grevena).
· Ancient Eani (22 km S of Kozani), as it is the most important archaeological site in Western Macedonia, as well as the noteworthy byzantine monuments in the medieval fortified town of Servia (27km SE of Kozani).
· Lake Orestiada (Kastoria) for water sports or for cycling along its perimeter.
· Dispilio (7km SE of Kastoria) to see one of the oldest pile-supported lake settlements in Europe.
· Nestorio where you can join the river party that takes place during the first 10 days of August and practice adventure sports.
· Agios Achillios, the islet in Small Prespa Lake, and Nymfeo, a traditional village 53km SE of Florina.


Central Macedonia
It comprises the following districts: Imathia, Thessaloniki, Kilkis, Pella, Pieria, Halkidiki and the renowned monastic state of Mount Athos.
Must-visit locations:
· The great archaeological site of Dion in Pieria, the frankish castle in Platamonas (40km S. of Katerini town) and St. Paul’s Podium in Veria.
· Mt. Olympus for hiking or mountaineering; if you’re interested in snow sports try the ski centres in Seli, Tria-Pente Pigadia and Kaimaktsalan.
· Aiges,the ancient first capital of the kingdom of Macedonia, located in the greater Vergina area. The existing numerous sites of great archaeological and historical importance are the reason why the area has been included in UNESCO’s List of World Heritage Sites in 1996.
· The impressive Edessa waterfalls.
· The Pozar hot springs for relaxing.
· Thessaloniki, a city that is literally an open-air museum. Ancient Greek monuments, roman influences and byzantine grandeur co-exist and create a fascinating mosaic. UNESCO has included 15 early-christian and byzantine monuments in its List of World Heritage Sites, thus recognising the city’s great importance and contribution to the history of mankind.
· the numerous beaches in Halkidiki for swimming and the world renowned Petralona Cave (45km W of Polygyros) where a hominid skull was discovered.
· the numerous vineyards in Goumenissa where some of the best-known Macedonian wines of superior quality are produced.


Eastern Macedonia
It includes Drama, Serres and Kavala districts as well as Thassos Island.
Must-visit locations:
· The Amphipolis archaeological site (60km SE of Serres) and the Philippi site (15km NW of Kavala) which has been included in UNESCO’s List of World Heritage Sites in 2016.
· Lake Kerkini for bird watching.
· The impressive Alistrati cave (2km SE of Alistrati town).
· Mt. Pangeo and the Aesthetic Forest in Stena Nestou.
· The ancient monuments on Thassos island and the dreamlike beaches for swimming.

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