by Francesco, from Italy.
Places to visit near Thessaloniki
If you are at Thessaloniki and if you have already visited the main monuments , the museums and the characteristics Orthodox churches , I advise you to not leave the city before spending at least one day at Meteora and minimum a week end in Halkidiki.
Is possible to arrive at Metrora from Thessaloniki in two and half hours by bus. It is a place truly suggestive , in the hearth of Thessalia region, is from 1989 UNESCO World Heritage site. A place surrounded by nature , between mountains of bizarre shapes , on whose top in the XIV century Orthodox monks built monastery in order to defend themselves by Turkish attack. Twenty-four monastery were built , but actually just six are intact and inhabited in which respecting a specific dress code can be accessed. The word Meteora literally means in Greek , META: “ among” and AER: “ hanging in the air , in the heavens “ . This is the visitor’s impression when facing the monasteries, it seems to be suspended in the heavens !
It were possible, I would put a poster outside the airport of Thessaloniki with the inscription: “ do not let Thessaloniki before visiting Halkidiki” . Halkidiki is a peninsula located northeast of Greece.
Five-hundred and fifty kilometers of white beaches , lapped by clear blue sea, approximately one hour from Thessaloniki. Halkidiki is formed by three peninsulas, like three legs that stretches towards to the northern Aegean sea .
The peninsula of Kassandra the westernmost, it is ideal for anyone who not only wants the transparent sea but seeks more comfort and a lively night life!
It is the central peninsula, the wildest. Land sparsely inhabited , with a wonderful landscape , pristine, with sandy caps worthy of the Caribbean, with colors that fade from light green to dark blue. I recommend this peninsula for all who seek a refuge from frenetic rhythms of daily life .
Finally the easternmost peninsula. As beautiful as inaccessible, since is inhabited exclusively by monks, living in monasteries overlooking the sea. Unexplored by women, while a men need a special permit, the only way to freely admire its magnificent monasteries is a boat trip!