One of Greece’s thirteen administrative regions, Central Macedonia is the country’s most popular tourism destination. Known for its sultry Mediterranean climate, sun-drenched beaches, fantastic food and fascinating history, it’s a mecca for European holidaymakers and international tourists alike. More than 15 major cities and towns dot the region, each with its own unique charm.
Thessaloniki steps up as the regional capital, offering visitors an intoxicating blend of ancient history and modern hedonism. It’s peppered with historic monuments and museums, interspersed with chic cafes, stylish cocktail bars and lively nightclubs. Thessaloniki’s iconic White Tower anchors the waterfront and now houses a great museum.
Thessaloniki Airport is the major gateway to Central Macedonia, located 16 kilometres from the centre. The city itself offers visitors excellent bus connections, which make it a great base for exploring northern Greece. Renting a car is another popular way to get around and explore the Central Macedonia region at a leisurely pace.
Not to be mistaken with the Republic of Macedonia, the Greeks fought long and hard for their ownership of Central Macedonia. The struggle lasted for four years in the early 1900s and saw the Greeks take on Bulgarian forces in a bid to defend their slice of paradise. Today it’s the country’s most visited region and welcomes millions of visitors a year.