Attractions

Top Choice Mountain in Macedonia

Mt Olympus

The cloud-covered lair of the Ancient Greek pantheon, awe-inspiring Mt Olympus is simply spectacular. It fires visitors' imaginations today, just as it did for the ancients who venerated it. Greece’s highest mountai…
Top Choice Archaeological Site in Macedonia

Vergina Royal Tombs Museum

A grass-covered tumulus (burial mound) has been converted into a truly spine-tingling museum where visitors can descend to the entryways of royal tombs and admire treasures unearthed at this very site. The showpiece…
Top Choice Museum in Thessaloniki

Archaeological Museum

Macedonia's major prehistoric and ancient Macedonian and Hellenistic finds are housed in this museum (except for Vergina's gold tomb finds, which are exhibited in Vergina). Highlights include the Derveni Crater (330…
Top Choice Church in Thessaloniki

Church of Agios Dimitrios

This enormous 5th-century structure honours Thessaloniki’s patron saint. A Roman soldier, Dimitrios was killed around AD 306 at this former Roman bath site by order of Emperor Galerius, infamous persecutor of Christ…
Top Choice Museum in Thessaloniki

Museum of Byzantine Culture

This fascinating museum has plenty of treasures to please Byzantine buffs, plus simple explanations to introduce the empire to total beginners. More than 3000 Byzantine objects, including mosaics, intriguing tomb pa…
Castle in Macedonia

Castle of Platamonas

Looming from a coastal bluff near Platamonas village, 20km south of Plaka Litohorou, this well-preserved 11th-century castle was once defended by brave Byzantines, safeguarding trade routes and scanning for pirates.…
Historic Site in Macedonia

Ancient Dion

Dion was sacred for ancient Macedonians worshipping the Olympian gods, especially Zeus. Before his epic eastern adventures, Alexander the Great made sacrifices here. A path leads through more than a dozen clearly la…
Waterfront in Thessaloniki

New Waterfront

Thessaloniki's New Waterfront is evidence that architecture can change the world by changing public space and improving daily urban life. The secret is to implement intelligent, citizen-oriented design that enables …
Historic Building in Thessaloniki

Rotunda of Galerius

In AD 306 Roman emperor Galerius built this stocky 30m-high brick structure as his future mausoleum. But instead of being laid to rest within the 6m-thick walls of the Rotunda, he was buried in today's Serbia after …
Monastery in Thessaloniki

Monastery of Vlatadon

Near Ano Poli’s Byzantine Walls, this secluded monastery has both a tonne of fascinating history and the best views of the city. Believed to have been founded around 1351 by the pious brothers Vlatades, this monaste…