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Macedonia as another promised land


A blessed place, which does not resemble the rest of Greece. Macedonia gathers in its territory the diversity that you are not going to find anywhere in the country. Unique cities like ornaments with traditional architecture and grandeur emerge among lakes, rivers, canyons, caves, forests and plains. Meet Macedonia, through its integral pieces: first of all Thessaloniki and then, Kavala, Drama, Naoussa, Veria, Kastoria, Florina, Edessa. Each holds for you its own story!

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Points of religious interest

One of the important features of the Macedonian land, is that you come very often across temples and monasteries, mainly Byzantine and post-Byzantine period. The most distinctive religious signs, however, are three: Mount Athos, the peninsula of Mount Athos in Chalkidiki, one of the most important monasteries in the whole world, a bastion of Christianity for centuries.
Then, the Monastery of Panagia Sumela in Veria, where it is kept and the miraculous image of Our Lady, coming from Pontus.
Quite naturally, the temples of Thessaloniki could not be omitted; mainly the temple of St Sophia which is also one of the city's most ancient, and the patron Saint Demetrios, the basement of which is said to be the place where the saint was martyred.


Natural….Pleasures

It is difficult or impossible to manage to visit all the "natural" attractions of Macedonia with the first visit.  The area, moreover, is endowed with so many green spots, waterfalls, lakes, forests, coasts, caves and gorges, which will certainly manage to impress you with its unique spots of beauty, away from the urban gray. In order to   put in a series the "must visit" places in Macedonia they could be summarized as follows:

  • The waterfalls of Edessa, located in the "city of water", consist the largest waterfalls entire Balkans. Surrounded by a park, with recreational areas and cultural, which annually attracts thousands of tourists.  
  • The sources cave Aggitis in Drama: The largest river cave in the world is located in Drama, waiting for you to visit it. With a length of over 21 kilometres, inside it is "decorated" by large stalactites, while the floor of the river Aggitis rolls.
  • The gorge of "covered" in Velvento of Kozani: The point where the stream is covered by the earth, where the paths emerge next to Polyphytos Lake under the shade of ancient trees. The waterfall of 25 meters which is in the area creates a feeling of rejuvenation, unparalleled.
  • The Enipea gorge in Litohoro: a natural environment with lush vegetation, bridges, streams, ponds formed in several places and all under the imposing  presence of the largest Greek mountain of Olympus.
  • The lakes of Macedonia: From Volvi  to Kerkini  from Vistonida to  Koronia, Macedonia has become particularly known for its lakes, around which extend fertile plains. Most of these are home to rare species of birds and plants.
  • The ski resorts in the area: If you are winter holiday lovers of skiing or snowboarding, the choices that Macedonia provides will definitely not leave you untouched. There is  a sufficient number of ski centers   with  a very good degree of organization. Indicatively we distinguish 3-5 wells, the Kaimaktsalan and the ski center  of Vasilitsa, with beautiful chalets nearby.

Flavours with oriental scent.

The Macedonian cuisine emphasizes the intense flavours and aromas, clearly influenced by the political kitchen. The appetizers, pies with handmade leaf and sweet like samali cake do not easily miss from the Macedonian meal. As you move from region to region, you will meet more flavours.


Archaeological wealth and historical importance

The history of Macedonia turns us back in centuries, to the time of Philip II and Alexander the Great, when the region knew the ultimate flowering. When the most imposing monuments were built, many of which survive to this day.  
A typical example is Vergina, in which were discovered after excavations, the Macedonian kings burial sites, including Philip II. Of equal importance is Dion, a city dedicated to the god Zeus, with a strong strategic importance in the years of Alexander, ruins of which were recovered after archaeological research in Pieria.
The mystery and beauty of the region complement its castles, built mainly during the Byzantine period. In Kastoria, the Upper City of Thessaloniki and in Platamona you will meet three of the best preserved castles with their fortification walls.

Coastline of many stars

The beaches of Chalcidice hold primacy in public preferences. Exotic coast of Cassandra and Sithonia with white sand, turquoise waters, crowded beach bars and the opportunities for water sports are ideal for groups and families.
The Nun, Kavourotripes, the Walnut, St Mamas, the islands of Ammouliani are some of your options. By the sea, under the shade of the pines, the seaside taverns provide delicacies and cold ouzo ideal companion for summer days.
The super luxury hotels impress with facilities in verdant, enchanting spots of the area, which guarantee relaxation and tranquillity the days of your vacation.
As an alternative option, you can visit Platamonas and Leptokarya and enjoy the crystal clear waters of the Aegean Sea.

 

 

 
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