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Top Day Trips from Halkidiki

Top Day Trips from Halkidiki

Are you planning a holiday to Halkidiki this year? Do you wish to explore other parts of North Greece while holidaying in Halkidiki? If so, check out the top 3 destinations to visit for a fun day trip!

Greece is mainly known for picturesque islands, stunning beaches, and incredible archaeological sites. But there are plenty of other regions in Greece to explore that have the perfect combination of that exceptional Greek sunshine, unspoiled landscapes, diverse colors, and fragrances.

One such is Halkidiki and the northern part of Greece. In general, Northern Greece has extremely versatile landscapes, sightseeing monuments, cities with rich history and tradition, and pristine nature of unparalleled beauty. Whether on the mountains or across the northern coastline, it is an excellent destination for any season.

Thus, once you are in Halkidiki, why not go for a day trip to another region of Northern Greece to fully experience the area’s culture, history, and traditions.

Here’s a list of things to see in Northern Greece:

Thessaloniki

As Greece’s second-largest city, or better yet, the capital of Northern Greece, Thessaloniki is a stunning destination for a city escape. The seaside promenade and view over the bay are the perfect combination of an urban and cosmopolitan holiday location. There are many sights to see, tastes to experience, and lots of multicultural history to explore.

Meteora

In the region of Thessaly, you will find Meteora. This otherworldly destination is a true wonder of nature, with huge steep rocks looking as if they are “flying mid-sky,” as their name suggests. Perched on Meteora, you will find medieval breathtaking monasteries and hermitages. Apart from marveling at the landscape and capturing incredible shots, you can visit each monastery and explore more of its history.

Dion – Olympus

Dion dates back to the Hellenistic period, when it served as Macedonia’s religious centre. Zeus, the king of all gods, was worshipped here. The Olympic games were also held on-site in honour of Zeus and Muses. Dion began as a sanctuary and place of worship, but it grew into a thriving city over time.

Before his great exploits, Alexander the Great would frequently visit Dion to worship the Olympian God, Zeus. The Romans took over the city in 169 BC, with many Roman settlers relocating to Dion during this time. During this time, the Romans brought their officialdom, units of measurement, and weight units with them. During this time, many more sanctuaries were built.

By the middle of the third century AD, attacks by neighbouring settlements, combined with natural disasters such as earthquakes and floods, had led to the Roman occupation’s demise. Later, in the fourth century AD, Dion flourished once more as the official seat of a bishop.

The city of Dion was last mentioned in the 10th century, when it served as an administrative district for the Byzantine emperor, Constantinos Porphyrogennetos.

Photo Credit: Visit Olympus Park