Northern Greece – Thessaloniki & 4 other distinctive places to visit

Meteora

Exploring the delights in the north of the country, here are 5 diverse places to enjoy throughout jaw-dropping Northern Greece.

1. Halkidiki

Halkidiki

A stunning part of Greece celebrated for its beautiful, stretching peninsulas, the region of Halkidiki bears some resemblance to the beautiful Spanish gem Mallorca.

Offering a series of varied landscapes for visitors to explore, visitors to the region can expect golden coves, stunning turquoise waters and lovely stretches of sandy beach.

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2. Ioannina

Ioannina

Capital of the region of Epirus, the city of Ioannina is spectacularly set on the water’s edge.

The Pindos Mountains gazing down from above, the city on the banks of Lake Ioannina displays a range of influences from a wide selection of different cultures.

Beyond the beautiful lake, key local landmarks to look out for include the city’s imposing castle and surrounding cobbled streets that lead visitors down from the heights of the castle on a route taking you past some wonderful centuries-old architecture.

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3. Meteora

Meteora

UNESCO-listed Meteora is another key Greek sight in this enchanting part of the country.

Meteora, meaning ‘suspended in air’, is where you will find spectacular monasteries resting atop huge natural rock towers.

Featured in one of the famous spy James Bond’s 1980’s blockbusters, the monasteries here were first constructed back in the 14th century.

Location for its isolation, visitors can today explore some of the more accessible monastery sites perched high above the surrounding valley below.

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4. Thessaloniki

The country’s second-largest city, Thessaloniki is ideally laid out for visitors to easily navigate.

Another important location, the city was first founded in 315 BC and displays a number of influences ranging from Ancient Greek to the Ottoman Empire.

Notable landmarks to keep an eye out for include the White Tower of Thessaloniki, Aristelous Square and the Arch of Galerius.

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5. Vikos Gorge

Vikos Gorge

The amazing sight of the Vikos Gorge is one of the most spectacular found in the north of Greece.

One of the deepest canyon landscapes on the planet, Vikos Gorge plunges down close to an impressive 3,000 feet.

The wide rock-clad canyon cuts through the landscape right off into the distance. Something of a natural paradise, the rocky landscape is a safe haven for a wide selection of birdlife and exotic plant life.

Resting in the heart of the Pindos Mountains, the Gorge is a must-experience for any travellers passing through the region.

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