Nature, history and culture enthusiasts… here you are!


Mountains and lakes, rivers and waterfalls, medieval settlements and ancient cities, castles and Byzantine churches, ancient Greek villas and Macedonian architecture, thermal springs, paths and valleys for hikers and cyclists. Alpine skiing, horseback riding and archery meadows, trekking and tours, glider or paragliding, rowing, rafting, canoeing and everything else that can satisfy the dynamic forms of modern tourism, taking with you the valuable experience wandering and staying. Traditional settlements and Byzantine monasteries. And all this to be confused with the presence of one of the largest forest volumes in the Balkans.

Worth it to see:

  • In less than 45 minutes away from Thessaloniki, you can visit the ancient city of Pella, the capital of the Macedonian Kingdom where Alexander the Great was born and raised. Excavations have brought to light a well-organised city that reflects the region’s great history. In its museum, you will have the chance to admire mosaics dated back to the 4th century and other pieces of Macedonian art.
  • Visit the Pozar Thermal Natural Spa for an unforgettable experience and healing waters! The baths (also known as Loutraki Aridaias) comprise 48 individual baths, 6 indoor pools, an outdoor pool, hammams, jacuzzi, and spa therapy. There are also some outdoor activities, like hiking, mountaineering, caving, or bird-watching, in the surrounding natural wilderness.
  • Enjoy skiing at Kaimaktsalan Ski Centre located on Mount Voras, 40km from Edessa. From the top, you can see as far as Thermaikos Gulf, the peak of Mount Olympos, and Lake Vegoritida. No matter if you’re a skier, snowboarder, or simply want to snow tube, you can do it all here. And once you’re done, you can go relax at the chalet at the base of the ski runs.
  • Discover Agios Athanasios settlement which is a traditional stone village in the mountains at Kaimaktsalan, near the ski resort. It is a fine example of Macedonian architecture, as most of the town is comprised of stone-built houses with tiles. Agios Athanasios is considered to be one of the best and most beautiful mountain villages in all of Greece and is very busy in the winter with visitors heading to the ski slope.
  • Explore the capital of Pella, the city of Edessa with its famous waterfalls! Karanos Waterfall, the largest in Greece at 310’ high, is the centerpiece of Edessa’s Waterfall Park, located at the northeastern edge of town. The walk to the falls allows for some panoramic views of the Loggos Valley and of the waterfall. There are 11 other impressive falls within the park, all worth seeing. It is one of the ancient capitals of the empire as well and benefits from a strategic position at the entrance of the Via Egnatia as it enters the Pindus Mountains.
  • Stroll around the Varosi neighborhood which is one of the oldest in Edessa, having formed within the citadel and ancient city. It is the original core of the city, and recent archaeological excavations have proved evidence of the old acropolis here. The traditional houses in Varosi are wonderful examples of the Macedonian architecture, while the city wall and Byzantine Castle remind visitors of the rich history in Varosi.
  • Edessa’s open-air water museum consists of some of the old watermills that powered Edessa’s workshops in the early 20th century. The museum is designed to share the history of water power from the pre-industrial times to the early 1900s.

Don’t miss it!

For a really unique experience, stop at the Edessa Gliding Club to watch gliders or unpowered planes,
soar through the air on the natural currents.

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