If you need to get away from your daily routine then the best you can do for yourself is taking a short day trip! Take advantage of your free time and spend your weekends outside the city, in the countryside. Getting closer to nature gives you the opportunity to relax and spend some quality time with your family and your loved ones. Don’t waste time! Take your family and some close personal friends and enjoy your time with a delightful excursion in a small distance from Thessaloniki. The advantage of staying in the city of Thessaloniki offers you the chance to reach in no time beautiful locations and destinations that will give you the best memories.
Take a break and go on a day trip from Thessaloniki, exploring the hidden gems of Northern Greece!
If you want to get away from the city of Thessaloniki without going too far, you can choose Halkidiki villages. Apart from the exotic beaches and the ultimate summer vacation, Halkidiki offers you great opportunities throughout the year, for day trips and excursions. One of the best villages and a wonderful destination that worth a visit is the traditional village Parthenonas. The settlement of Parthenonas belongs to Sithonia Peninsula while it is located 115 km away from the city of Thessaloniki.
You can enjoy the view of green nature and the lush forests of Halkidiki’s second foot and breathe fresh air while hearing the sea waves. Such a wonderful experience and moments of calmness! However, Parthenonas is a village with original character, as most of the buildings and houses have been restored preserving its traditional architectural aesthetic. Wandering around the village exploring its picturesque scenery with the old stoned houses and the charming taverns and cafes would be an unforgettable experience for you!
Other interesting activities you can do at Parthenonas Halkidiki is visiting the famous Folklore Museum of Parthenonas which hosts folklore items and exhibits as well as several cultural events that take place usually every summer such as “Parthenon Festival”. For nature lovers, there is also the option of hiking up the mountain Itamos or enjoy hiking or mountain biking through the olive groves, overlooking the breathtaking views of Mount Athos and Mount Olympus.
Dion and Mount Olympus
Grasp the chance to become familiar with the mythical mountain of the 12 Gods of Olympus by taking a day trip from Thessaloniki! Mount Olympus is the highest among the other mounts of Greece with an altitude of 2918 meters and it is about 80 km southwest from Thessaloniki. The whole region is rich in trees and plants including over 1700 species. There are also plenty of restaurants and resorts in the area. If you are about to climb Olympus you will need to stay at least 2 days, otherwise, you can explore the nature by taking a small trekking through the Gorge of river Enipeas, close to the picturesque town of Litochoro. The path is enchanting, with running waters, green bunks and breathtaking landscapes.
You can also visit the archaeological site Dion, and admire the archaeological park as well as the museum. In ancient times, the city became the main sacred site of the Macedonians in the late 5th century BC, while is the place where Alexander the Great used to make sacrifices before going to battles.
Another one day trip you could choose from Thessaloniki is the mythical Pangaio Mountain. In fact, it is a mountain range that lies 17 km from the city of Kavala. According to Greek mythology, the mount was originally called “Karmanion” and afterwards took the name “Pangaio” as Pangaios was the son of god Ares.
However, the mountain is verdant full of beech trees, spruce trees, chestnut trees and plane trees, the perfect destination for outdoorsy and people who have a need of fresh breeze and want to connect with nature. The highlight of this excursion is the stream of Mesorropi, strolling through a green path with paved alleys and castles, definitely an once-in-a-lifetime experience!
East of the prefecture of Florina, you will see the village of Agios Panteleimonas. A beautiful picturesque settlement built on the shore of Lake Vegoritida. You can do plenty of activities from a simple stroll by the lake, to horse riding, bird watching as well as sunset watching. The serenity and peacefulness of the place along with the outstanding natural scenery will amaze you! Please note that the distance from Thessaloniki to Agios Panteleimonas is approximately 129 km.
If you want to explore Northern Greece, these are the 4 best day trips from Thessaloniki that will definitely reward you!
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