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The national capital Athens is located 180 miles (290 kilometers) south of Central Macedonia, while Skopje is 130 miles (209 kilometers) to the northwest.
To relax with locals along the ocean, set out to explore several of the most idyllic beaches and lookout points in Central Macedonia. Karydi Beach and Ouranoupoli Beach are two of the more popular stretches of beach in this coastal location. Xenia Beach and Porto Carras Beach are another two popular coastal destinations in this region.
While in the Central Macedonia area, explore some of its heritage sites to get an understanding of the events that shaped this region. Lovers of history will enjoy the Arch of Galerius, the Vergina Royal Tombs and the Ancient Stageira, just three of the area’s most photographed historic sites in the region.
While you are vacationing in Central Macedonia take the time to see its many thought-provoking museums. Among the best museums to visit here are the Museum of Byzantine Culture, the Paschalakio Cultural Center and the popular Petralona Cave and Anthropological Museum.
For a real taste of the Central Macedonia region, join wine lovers from all over the world at Porto Carras Winery, one of the area’s most acclaimed wineries and vineyards. Visiting and local wine enthusiasts can enjoy the sights and smells of of the vineyards and wine presses, before tasting the final products in the tasting room.
To shop for local fashion or enjoy a light meal, visit Mediterranean Cosmos and the also-popular Ormos Panagias Fish Market. Enjoy the atmosphere and wander through the stores at these popular destinations.
To get a taste of the past include a tour of the Archaeological Museum on your itinerary and learn more about the area’s history. It’s one of the city’s most popular museums. The Archaeological Museum of Dion is another fascinating place to spend time while you are in the city.
The preserved castles in Central Macedonia are worth touring. Perhaps you can conjure up images of the fading spirits of historic heroes when you learn history of the Castle of Platamon or the Platamonas Castle.
Walk back through the clashing blades of past battles at Central Macedonia's well-preserved forts and other defense structures. Be sure to see the Tower of Ouranoupoli, and check the signs and inscriptions to learn about those who defended this settlement.
This family-friendly Thessaloniki hotel is located on the waterfront, within a 5-minute walk of Cathedral of Saint Gregory Palamas and Aristotelous Square. Church of Panagia Chalkeon and Church of Hagia Sophia are also within 10 minutes.
Nestled on the beach, this Nea Moudania resort is 7.8 mi (12.6 km) from Ancient Olynthos and 11.3 mi (18.1 km) from Gerakini Beach. Psakoudia Beach and Petralona Cave and Anthropological Museum are also within 16 miles (25 km).
Nestled on the beach, this Gerakini resort is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Gerakini Beach and 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Psakoudia Beach. Ancient Olynthos and Monastery of the Annunciation of Theotokos are also within 9 miles (15 km).
This family-friendly Thessaloniki hotel is located on the Strip, within a 15-minute walk of Museum of Byzantine Culture, Archaeological Museum and White Tower of Thessaloniki. OTE Tower and Arch of Galerius are also within 1 mile (2 km).
This family-friendly Thermi hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Waterland, Mediterranean Cosmos and Thessaloniki Science Center and Technology Museum. Thessaloniki Concert Hall and Museum of Byzantine Culture are also within 9 miles (15 km).
Located in Vardaris, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki and Church of Panagia Chalkeon. Aristotelous Square and Saint Demetrios Church are also within 1 mile (2 km).
This family-friendly Thessaloniki hotel is located in the entertainment district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Cinema Museum and Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki. Church of Panagia Chalkeon and Aristotelous Square are also within 2 miles (3 km).
Located in the heart of Thessaloniki, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Government House, Church of Panagia Chalkeon and Saint Demetrios Church. Aristotelous Square and Church of Hagia Sophia are also within 15 minutes.