1 Thessaloníki

Balkan in atmosphere, Greece’s second city offers historic monuments and a vibrant nightlife.

2 Mount Olympus

The mythical home of the gods; a three-day hike to the summit and back offers pristine scenery and riots of wild flowers.

3 Vergina

Beguiling treasures unearthed in the poignant burial chambers of Macedonia’s royal dynasty.

4 Édhessa

Clifftop wooden houses and impeccably restored water mills make this one of Greece’s most inviting towns.

5 The Préspa lakes

Forming the leading ornithological reserve in the region, the reed-fringed shores are a haven for nature lovers.

6 Kastoriá

Situated on a wooded headland jutting into the pewter-coloured Lake Orestiádha, this unusual resort is the country’s fur capital.

7 Mount Athos

Timeless Orthodox monasteries set among unspoilt landscapes in a semi-independent republic run by monks.

8 Dhadhiá

Oak and pine forests draped over volcanic ridges, home to black vultures and other rare raptors.

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