Thessaloniki is in the heart of a wonderful territory, close to all interesting things one can do or see in Central Macedonia any season of the year. In the winter you can choose the skiing centres around Veroia or Edessa. You can go mountaineering or cross the divine Mt. Olympus, Mt. Beles, the Kroussia range, or Mt. Paikon. In the summer the climb to Mt. Olympus can be combined with a swim on the nearby beaches, unless you prefer to succumb to the lure of the splendid beaches and cosmopolitan events in Halkidiki.
In the autumn it is worth attending the International Puppet Festival in Kilkis or the International Film Festival in Naoussa, with a glass of ‘xinomavro’ [sour-black], the famous local wine. If you want to tour
the 25 famous wineries of Macedon, spring is the right time, when Nature is at its best in the lakes and the forests: the rivers present a rafting challenge and the weather is excellent from anything.
There is no end to the choices open to visitors: from the racetrack at Serres for lovers of fast driving to the archaeological site at Amphipolis. From the caves at Petralona and Alistrati to the warm springs at Angistron, Nigrita, Loutraki or Skydra for those fascinated by the forces of Nature. From worship sites on Mt. Athos, Paeonia, or Pieria, for those believing in the miracle of Creation, to Dion, the Royal Tombs at Vergina, Aristotle’s School and the Palaces at Pella, for those who wish to explore the brilliant history of Alexander, the Great campaigner and visionary. Who can resist such wonders?