Worth a Trip: Vergina & Pella

Northern Greece boasts two remarkable sites of the ancient Macedonia dynasty. The royal burial site at Vergina lies 11km southeast of Veria. Between Thessaloniki and Edessa lies Alexander the Great's birthplace, the former royal capital Pella.

With a car, it's possible to see both sites in a single day trip from Thessaloniki. Matching up bus connections can be a jigsaw, so if you don't have wheels consider exploring Pella and Vergina on separate days or staying overnight: hospitable Olympia Guesthouse is five minutes' walk from Vergina's archaeological site.

Buses from Thessaloniki to Palia Pella (€3.30, 45 minutes, seven daily) stop by the main road, 20 minutes' walk from the museum. From Thessaloniki to Vergina, take the bus to Veria (€6.80, one hour, 14 daily), from where you can then catch a bus to Vergina (€1.60, 20 minutes, six daily).