Welcome to Macedonia
Thessaloniki is Greece's second city and its gastronomic capital, and it's a city so magnetic, you'll struggle to leave. Key archeological sites at Pella and Vergina depict the extravagance of the area's ancient rulers, while Greece’s highest peak and the home of ancient gods, Mt Olympus, is a great place for hiking. For idyllic beaches, head for the two tentacles of the Halkidiki Peninsula, stretching into the Aegean Sea; Athos, the third tendril, is home to the much revered monks' republic of Athos.
More beaches dot the wooded Pieria coast, punctuated by a clifftop Byzantine castle at Platamonas. Traces of this heritage meet shimmering waters again in Macedonia's far northwest, where basilica ruins and frescoed church grottoes meet the Prespa Lakes.