Macedonia in Greece ...
Thessaloniki the capital of Macedonia with its renowned monuments and churches occupied second place to Constantinople during the Byzantine years. At about the same time the cities Veria, Kastoria, Serres, Edessa and Servia also flourished.
Development in Macedonia during the last 70 years has been impressive. Especially after 1950 there has been rapid growth in all directions. The area consists of 13 prefectures plus Mount Athos (Agion Oros), which is a self-governing section of the Greek State.
The west part of Macedonia consists of Pella, Florina, Kastoria, Grevena, Kozani, Imathia and Pieria. On the east we have Halkidiki, Serres and Kavala while in the central part we have Naousa, Veria, Litohoro, Katerini.
On the mountainous Macedonia the interest turns to the ski centers, trekking or exploring beautiful lakes such as Kerkini as well as gorges and caves (Alistrati and Petralona).
Summer is the most interesting period of the year for the areas of coastal Pieria, Thessalonica, Kassandra and Sithonia in Halkidiki and not one to forget the quiet and relaxing area of Ouranoupolis at the beginning of Athos peninsula, from which or from Ierissos daily short cruises are leading you from a distance of 300 meters to the divine scenery of all Holy Monasteries standing there for centuries either inside or on the coast.