Do you wish to visit Greece but want something different from the usual beach and island holidays? Give Northern Greece a chance and have an alternative holiday! Keep reading for the top 5 places to visit in Northern Greece.
Greece is known for its beautiful islands and stunning beaches, especially in the south, but there are so many more places to see and visit. Northern Greece is home to a city with diverse landscapes, attractions, rich history and traditions, and unparalleled beauty of pristine nature. Whether in the mountains or along the coast, it’s a great destination at any time of the year.
Here’s a list of the top places to visit in Northern Greece:
The stunning peninsula Halkidiki to the south of Thessaloniki features three protruding “fingers” overlooking the Aegean Sea. Each “finger” has its own characteristics and remarkable beauty. Still, all have lush vegetation, pine forests, and pristine clear blue waters. It is known as the Greek Caribbean, thanks to its turquoise waters and shallow sandy beaches like Kavourotripes and Trani Ammouda. Head to Kassandra for a vibrant nightlife and endless parties, but head to Sithonia for peace and tranquility. For nature lovers, skinny dippers, and campers, it’s best to go to Athos, where beauty is untouched and raw. The latter also has a monastic community available only to male visitors.
Thessaloniki, the second-largest city of Greece and considered the capital of northern Greece, is a beautiful city for a relaxing trip. The seaside promenade and views across the bay make it a perfect urban yet cosmopolitan vacation spot. There are many sights to see that are easily accessible, multicultural histories to discover, and plenty of rich flavors to taste.
The beautiful region of Zagorohoria in northwestern Greece is a paradise for hikers and nature lovers. There are countless opportunities to explore mountains, rivers, canyons, and traditional stone villages. It’s a fairy tale destination, a great escape, and a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
The seaside town of Parga is a delight. The atmosphere of the place is very unique, with castles, rivers, and endlessly beautiful beaches. In Parga, explore the streets with stunning sea views, and don’t forget to visit the Venetian castle. You can also go village-hopping, and see the magnificent river Acheron, known in ancient Greek mythology as the River of Lost Souls. Activities such as rafting, hiking, and fox flying can also be enjoyed on the riverbank.
Metsovo is a true jewel of Epirus in northern Greece, a city of folklore and tradition. It is amidst the Pindus Mountain range, mountainous, imposing, and filled with impressive stone-built dwellings. While in Metsovo, you can explore the local history or enjoy a more adventurous experience at Aoos Lake or the Anilio Ski Resort. Furthermore, there are many hiking opportunities in the Valia Calda and the National Park of Pindos.