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The national capital Athens is located 180 miles (290 kilometers) south of Central Macedonia, while Skopje is 130 miles (209 kilometers) to the northwest.
To relax with locals along the ocean, set out to explore several of the most idyllic beaches and lookout points in Central Macedonia. Karydi Beach and Ouranoupoli Beach are two of the more popular stretches of beach in this coastal location. Xenia Beach and Porto Carras Beach are another two popular coastal destinations in this region.
While in the Central Macedonia area, explore some of its heritage sites to get an understanding of the events that shaped this region. Lovers of history will enjoy the Arch of Galerius, the Vergina Royal Tombs and the Ancient Stageira, just three of the area’s most photographed historic sites in the region.
While you are vacationing in Central Macedonia take the time to see its many thought-provoking museums. Among the best museums to visit here are the Museum of Byzantine Culture, the Paschalakio Cultural Center and the popular Petralona Cave and Anthropological Museum.
For a real taste of the Central Macedonia region, join wine lovers from all over the world at Porto Carras Winery, one of the area’s most acclaimed wineries and vineyards. Visiting and local wine enthusiasts can enjoy the sights and smells of of the vineyards and wine presses, before tasting the final products in the tasting room.
To shop for local fashion or enjoy a light meal, visit Mediterranean Cosmos and the also-popular Ormos Panagias Fish Market. Enjoy the atmosphere and wander through the stores at these popular destinations.
To get a taste of the past include a tour of the Archaeological Museum on your itinerary and learn more about the area’s history. It’s one of the city’s most popular museums. The Archaeological Museum of Dion is another fascinating place to spend time while you are in the city.
The preserved castles in Central Macedonia are worth touring. Perhaps you can conjure up images of the fading spirits of historic heroes when you learn history of the Castle of Platamon or the Platamonas Castle.
Walk back through the clashing blades of past battles at Central Macedonia's well-preserved forts and other defense structures. Be sure to see the Tower of Ouranoupoli, and check the signs and inscriptions to learn about those who defended this settlement.
Nestled on the beach, this Possidi Kassandra resort is within 20 mi (32 km) of Kalithea Beach, Pefkochori Lagoon, and Folklore Museum of Afitos. Xenia Beach and Port Glarokavos are also within 25 mi (40 km).
This family-friendly Thessaloniki hotel is located on the waterfront, within a 5-minute walk of Yad Lazikaron and Aristotelous Square. Church of Panagia Chalkeon and Church of Hagia Sophia are also within 10 minutes.
Situated near the beach, this spa hotel is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Lagomandra Beach and within 6 mi (10 km) of Kalogria Beach and Agios Ioannis Beach. Port of Nikiti and Nikiti Beach are also within 9 mi (15 km).
Located in Ouranoupoli, this eco-friendly hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Ouranoupoli Beach, St. Constantine and Elena Orthodox Church, and Tower of Ouranoupoli. Pirgadikia Marina and Agii Theodori Beach are also within 25 mi (40 km).
Located in Vardaris, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Church of Agioi Apostoloi and Church of Panagia Chalkeon. Aristotelous Square and Saint Demetrios Church are also within 1 mi (2 km).
This family-friendly Stavroupoli hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Thessaloniki State Museum of Contemporary Art and Galerius' Palace. Saint Demetrios Church and Church of Panagia Chalkeon are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Located in Kassandra, this beachfront hotel is in the city center, 9.7 mi (15.5 km) from Kalithea Beach, and 10.8 mi (17.4 km) from Folklore Museum of Afitos. Port Glarokavos and Pefkochori Pier are also within 16 mi (25 km).