The archaeological places of wonder
You have it all, just a stone’s throw away! Less than half an hour outside of Thessaloniki you have the chance to unveil the glorious history of the Kingdom of the Macedonians and their king, Alexander the Great: Walk in Vergina, Pella and Dion and admire the legendary tombs, the amazing pebble mosaic paving, the ancient columns and statues reflecting an era of grandeur. Yes it is not just the history that will wow you: nature of immense beauty welcomes visitors to the National Park of Axios – Loudias – Aliakmon as well as the picturesque lakes of Volvi and Koronia.
The Pella region is rich in archaeological sites of great importance. Visitors are able to admire large tombs of noble ancient Macedonians as well as temples dedicated to ancient Greek goddesses. Archaeological digs in the late 1950s have uncovered a small part of the ancient city, bringing to life pebble mosaic floors and paintings, important pieces in the Macedonian culture.
The archaeological site of Dion (meaning “the city of Zeus” in Greek) is located in the Pieria region, about 30 minutes from Thessaloniki. It boasts a large temple dedicated to Zeus, a series of other smaller temples and a 2200 year old exquisite statue of the Greek goddess Hera. It was in Dion that Alexander the Great assembled his army before he began his conquests to the west.
The Vergina region was the capital of ancient Macedonian civilization. Today it is one of most important archaeological sites of accommodating the magnificent tomb of Phillipos the Second, King of the Macedonians as well as other precious findings of worldwide significance. The site is located in Imathia, less than 30 minutes from Thessaloniki.
As Alexander the Great said: “I am indebted to my father for living, but to my teacher for living well”.
A FAVOURITE LOCATION FOR NATURE LOVERS!
The National Park of Axios – Loudias – Aliakmon as well as the lakes Volvi and Koronia come together to form a landscape of outstanding natural beauty. Suggested eco routes along coastal areas as well as through the forests create great opportunities for walking and bird watching. The idyllic natural environment is the ultimate place for tranquility and a relaxed mini-break from the city bizz.
get away from it all!
As Aristotle said: “In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous“.