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The region of Nymfaio is located at an altitude of 1,500 meters on Mount Vernon. It is a traditional stone settlement with hostels and great tourist infrastructure. The area is surrounded by a magnificent beech forest that amazes every visitor!
It is about 2 hours away from Thessaloniki and is an all-time classic destination for Northern Helladians.
The history of the village is impressive and fascinating. From the end of the 17th century and for about 300 years the area was one of the largest silver and gold centers in the Balkans!
The heritage is evident even today in the settlement. The impressive stone mansions, the Historical Folklore Museum, as well as the impressive alleys of the village, are undeniable proof.
In the area is the refuge of Arcturus – just 2 km away from Nymphaeum. There you can study rare bears that are kept there for their safety. In winter, the bears are in hibernation while the scenery in most months is reminiscent of an alpine landscape with snow and fog!
As for the local cuisine, you will enjoy local dishes from the traditional taverns of the area. Our favorites include as chopped pork, carp -a river fish caught from neighboring lakes- as well as traditional melted cheeses.
Finally, in Nymfaio and throughout the region in general, you will find more than 40 wineries. You can visit them and taste local wine and appetizers.
Southwest of Nymphaeum, you will stumble upon Grevena – known as “the city of mushrooms”.
More than 1,300 species of fungi grow in the area. Some of them are so rare that you can find them only there!
But beyond the mushrooms, Grevena is famous for its impressive landscapes. It is also popular for its mountains, forests, streams, and amazing stone bridges as well as traditional churches.
All in all, it is a favorite destination for its romantic setting that charms its visitors.
In Milia, a very nearby village that is also another one of the most romantic places in Northern Greece, you will visit the Museum of Natural History where the largest tusks ever discovered are kept. They are even included in the Guinness Book of World Records!
For fans of extreme sports, there are many dirt roads to enter with the 4 × 4 or with an ATV.
Ski and snowboard enthusiasts can head to the neighboring ski resort of Vasilitsa. It is located about 38 km away from the town of Grevena, in the heart of the Pindos mountain range.
If you are in the area, do not neglect to visit Valia Calda, also known as the “Pindos National Park” – a virgin forest just outside Grevena on the border with Ioannina!
Lake Kerkini is located northeast of Serres, 40 km from the city center and about 90 from Thessaloniki. The lake is the ideal spot for bird photographers and enthusiasts as many rare bird species live in this area.
The best seasons to visit Lake Kerkini are Autumn and Spring. That’s because then, there are more than 300 species of birds in the lake. Some of them include the Dalmatian Pelican and the Pygmy Cormorant.
In addition to birds, the area is home to about 700 water buffalo. What’s more, there, one can find 10 species of amphibians, 5 species of snails, and 19 species of reptiles.
There is also a huge variety of fish in the lake. Many of them, you can enjoy in the local taverns, fresh and well cooked!
You will reach Kerkini by road from Egnatia Odos in the direction of Serres and revel in the beauty of this romantic place in Northern Greece.
The region of Tzoumerka is one of the best-hidden mountain secrets in Greece. It is full of acquired chalets and houses with jacuzzis. It is perfect for a couple in love who are lovers of nature and beauty.
The area has kept intact its traditional beauty, as well as its tranquility. It remains one of the most beautiful places in Greece.
You will find this out yourselves on the first walk in the wonderful Syrrako, and in the twins of Kalarrytes. There, you will grab a table for a steaming Greek feast.
In the traditional, and well-photographed, cafe of Napoleon Zaglis, don’t forget to sip on a hot beverage before you start for the spectacular hike that unites the two villages, or the other, that will bring you to the imposing waterfall, in the homonymous village.
North of the north, and more authentic than the authentic ones, the Mastorochoria of Epirus, very close to the Albanian border, looks like a time capsule as it has remained untouched by time and tourism.
Hidden among beech and birch forests, you will come across stunning stone villages. They have strange names like Pyrsogianni, Vourbiani, Kastaniani, Turnovo, and Blizdgiani, and they are adorned with cobbled streets.
There, you will find traditional taverns, stone arches wild boar stew. Once you eat them, you will remember them for a lifetime.
They are only half an hour away from Konitsa, which is a good idea to choose for your base if you have days at your disposal and you want to play it on many boards – a little Mastorochoria, a little Zagoria, dives in Voidomatis, and hiking in Vikos, rafting in Aoos and early morning over Drakolimni, at the top of Tymfi.
Stavroupoli and the villages of Nestos
Half an orchard outside Xanthi, Stavroupoli is a sweet village with an unbeatable hostel, the Mansion. It is an ideal base for exploring magical places. Some of them iclude the Straits of Nestos, the Virgin Forest of Haidou, the giant Livaditis waterfall, and the Pomakochoria village.
Once there, don’t forget to admire the Nestos dam in Paranesti. It ensures the constant flow of water all year round, making it one of the most beautiful rivers in Greece ideal for sports.
It is built on the shores of the Thracian Sea, in a central position. Alexandroupolis is a privileged center of a truly charismatic region.
Over the years the initially fishing settlement evolved into a modern center and today is the largest port in Thrace. The lighthouse, a trademark and naval symbol of the city, stands majestically in the port.
A real experience is the fish auction at the local fish market. There, the fishing boats arrive one after the other with their barns full.
Start your acquaintance with the city by taking a leisurely walk in the coastal zone and in the Municipal Park.
Visit its many interesting museums, but also the archeological sites of Mesimvria – Zoni, and Makri.
The beaches, most organized, start from the E.O.T. coast, next to the city, to the Red Rocks in Nea Chili. Agia Paraskevi in Makri and the Cote d’Azur are among the most famous.
The “island of the Great Gods” emerges through the Thracian Sea, crowned by the highest mountain of the Aegean, the imposing Mount Saos. Samothrace is famous for its archeological treasures.
Its great fame comes from antiquity with the flourishing of the Kaverian Mysteries. This was one of the most important religious events with special rituals – equal to the Eleusinian Mysteries.
In Paleopolis and in a huge archeological site of 50 acres, the greatness of the history of Samothrace becomes obvious.
The north side of the island, literally “drowned” in green, is adorned with hundreds of streams and springs, impressive waterfalls and ravines, and over 100 natural ponds carved into the rocks, the famous pedestals.
You will enjoy cool dives on the endless beach of Kipi. It is famous for its characteristic gray-black cobbles. Another great choice is the cosmopolitan sandy Pachia Ammos. From here, a tourist boat starts for a sea tour in the “avata” parts of the island: Katarti, Spilies, Vato, Kremasto, Grias ta Pania, and Giali.
The so-called “Mecca of tobacco” is considered one of the most charming cities in Macedonia. Discover its historical past in a tour of the traditional district of Panagia, in “Kamares”, the most recognizable point of Kavala, declared a protected monument, and in the Archaeological, and Tobacco museums.
Stroll to the picturesque main port, the lighthouse, the traditional carnagio, and the port of the Old Slaughterhouses. Swim at the beaches of Perigiali, Rapsani, Kalamitsa, Batis, Toska, Palio and Aspri Ammos.
You should also visit Nea Peramo, Nea Iraklitsa, Nea Karvali, and the famous archeological site of Philippi. The latter was recently included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
The perfect combination of mountain and sea, the scattered archeological sites, and an impressive coastline compose the incomparable charm of the northern Aegean island. The capital and main port of the island is Limenas.
The place that presents the most unchanged image in time is, without a doubt, Panagia, the old capital of the island. Inland, beautiful villages with rich cultural activity invite you to discover them.
The archeological site of Aliki, near the settlement of Poto, the ancient theater, and the Archaeological Museum in Limenas, innumerable sacred pilgrimages, and the special architecture of the traditional settlements are the most important sights of Thassos.
Golden sandy beaches with shallow or deep waters, aromatic pines that “caress” beaches with crystal clear bottoms, beaches more or less organized for simple swimming or camping. Thassos rightfully deserves a place in your Greek island vacations. It is undoubtedly one of the most romantic places in Northern Greece!
The place that has it all, Halkidiki, is considered one of the most beautiful holiday destinations in the country. At its three “feet”, Kassandra, Sithonia, and Athos, it hosts wide, almost tropical sandy beaches with turquoise waters, lively states, traditional villages, archeological treasures, the monastic state of Mount Athos, the world-famous cave caves, and the cave hotel of high standards.
For accommodation on the Kassandra peninsula choose the areas of Nea Potidea, Nea Fokea, Sani, Afitos, Pefkochori, Paliouri, Kalandra, and Nea Skioni. On the Sithonia peninsula the areas: Nikiti, Vourvourou, Neo Marmara, Toroni, Sykia, Nea Kallikratia, Ierissos and Ouranoupolis.
All areas host award-winning beaches, most of them well organized and all of them some of the most romantic places in Northern Greece.
The main reason to visit the Athos peninsula is Mount Athos, which is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. In the “orchard of the Virgin” there are 20 monasteries.
The lake of Kastoria is known to all of us. But how many of us have seen it snowy? A walk on the frozen lake during the winter months will give you what you wanted from your vacation. Visit the mistress of Macedonia at Christmas and revive her customs. Alternatively, you can dedicate any weekend to this beautiful place. Residents feel blessed and not unjust.
The city of Kastoria is two hours away from Thessaloniki. It is famous for its furs and not only! You can indulge in many activities in nature, such as the small lake tour. This is how you get a complete feel of the city and its beauty. Also, visit the Dragon Cave, with its underground lakes, and tour its neighborhoods and picturesque corners. Everyone will agree that it is one of the most romantic places in Northern Greece!
Perched at the northeastern foot of Kato Olympus, at an altitude of 450 meters, surrounded by dense forest and wonderful views that reach the castle of Platamonas, the shores of Pieria, and the bay of Thermaikos, the beautiful traditional settlement of Paleos Pantele they call it, it is a destination, ideal for any season.
The village “disappeared” in the ‘50s and was “resurrected” 30 years later. Stone cobbled streets, stone-built tiled houses -first built by Epirote craftsmen-, traditional taverns, and old mansions that were turned into hostels and shops with folk art items, all “mixed” with age-old plane trees, chestnut trees, chestnuts, beeches, and visitors.
In the center of the village dominates the restored church of Agios Panteleimon and the old plane tree that covers the square.
There are no cars on the cobbled streets. There is parking at the entrance of the settlement. The distance from the National Road is 6 km “drowned” in the green.
If the night catches you, then the image you see low, looking at the highway, the illuminated villages, and the sea gives you the feeling that you are on a plane and that from up there … “the earth looks like a painting”.
For the continuation of the proposed escapes, we change the geographical side and move further west of Thessaloniki. To be precise, we are transported to Western Macedonia and more specifically to Nestorio in the Prefecture of Kastoria.
The beautiful nature that surrounds it, the warm hospitality of the people, the traditional villages with the stone houses and the cobbled streets, and the river Aliakmonas reward those who seek authentic experiences in the winter nature.
Agia Anna, built in a beautiful forest, at an altitude of 1500 meters is suitable for a short walk and is the passage to the Byzantine monastery of Tsouka, a special monument, built in a place of exceptional natural beauty, next to the waterfalls of a tributary of Aliakmonas.
The village of Pefkos, the best-preserved traditional settlement of the area together with Kypseli, is a wonderful example of local architecture. At a distance of six kilometers is the monastery of Zoodochou Pigi, built in a landscape of stunning beauty.
And for those who give weight to the gastronomic temptations of each region, those who know emphasize that Western Macedonia and excellent food are identical concepts.
Dishes that stand out and you should not deprive yourself of are goat in the hull, sour trachanas, pork with leeks, sauerkraut, stuffed peppers and eggplant, and saganaki with “Baggio” a special, savory, local cheese that accompanies ideally the exquisite tsipouro.
A modern city, hospitable, with infrastructure and in a very convenient location to become a base for other surrounding destinations. Among them is the city of silk, Soufli at a distance of 50 km. There, one can visit the silk museums. This way, they will get to know firsthand the process that connects the cocoons with the silk fabrics!
One can also visit the Dadia Forest and get information for a tour up to the observatory. From there, if you are lucky, you will see -with binoculars meant- birds of prey, like eagles while some are feeding them.
Particularly interesting is a boat ride in the Delta of the river Evros where there are currently thousands of flamingos and herons.
It will be an omission for anyone who chooses Alexandroupolis, not to visit Feres and the church of Panagia Kosmosoteira, created by the Byzantine prince Isaac Komnenos.
A special city where the visitor can “experience” the harmonious coexistence of Christians and Muslims and rest in its large ornate square. With Komotini as a base, one can visit Agios Nikolaos, a very interesting church that is a Metochi of Mount Athos.
You can also get to know the coastal Maronia and visit the Nymphaea Fortress and the military museum on the Greek-Bulgarian border, which lies 17 km from Komotini.
A top choice is a walk in the tourist area of Fanari and the protected lake Vistonida, one of the most beautiful wetlands in Greece with countless species of birds and one of the most romantic places in Northern Greece.
Another beautiful destination for this season is the city of Xanthi and especially the old city with its ornate alleys and the festive atmosphere “overflowing” from everywhere.
The musts of an escape in Xanthi include the acquaintance with some attractions outside the city. Among them, the church of Agios Nikolaos which is built in the lagoon (Porto Lagos), the river Nestos or “river of life” as it is otherwise called, with the majestic meanders in the section Stavroupolis – Toxoton and the ancient Abdera.
Kalamaria is the sea, it is the magnificent view from the edge of Michaniona to the glittering peaks of Olympus. They are endless walks on the seafront, at sunset. It is a dense story with a taste of refuge. They are spacious sidewalks with gourds, red plums, and tidy apartment buildings.
It is the dazzling beauty of the Government, Karabournaki, Aretsou, and Nea Krini. They are all the stories and songs about the boats that left the stairs in the past decades.
Kalamaria could be the Riviera of Thessaloniki, in any case, it is an area that is full of life, moving forward with force and constantly looking for the best.
Walkers or jogging fanatics, animal lovers who accompany their quadrupeds, middle-aged with a doctor’s prescription, but also romantics who want to fill their eyes with the sea, all find their corners on the coastal front of Kalamaria.
In the Nautical Club of Thessaloniki, in Palataki, in the Marina of Aretsos but also in the part of the Fountain, between boats and fishing boats, in the arms of Thermaikos, walking comes and goes.
Close to the sea and this, the Kodra camp, is gaining points and is becoming a key green lung of the area.
And there you have it. Here are the most romantic places in Northern Greece, which are ideal for rekindling the flame of your love with your other half. Don’t hesitate to visit one of the destinations mentioned above and marvel at a side of Greece that is not as advertised but is just as gorgeous.