Archaeological Museum of Vergina (Royal Tombs)
T401px-Philip II larnax A wonderful destination in the heart of Macedonia
The museum is located in Vergina, 75km west of Thessaloniki and 12km away from Veria, the nearest city. The museum has a dark, imposing atmosphere that surprises most visitors.
Some of the most impressive and important exhibits from the Macedonian dominated period of the Greek history are available in the exact location that the original excavations took place. The museum was built in 1993, 16 years after the discovery of the Royal tombs in Aiges. It was built in order to create ideal conditions considering the humidity and temperature needed for the findings to be properly preserved and protected. Inside, there are four separate tombs and the Heroon, a small temple built for Phillip II of Macedon.
Many visitors from all over Greece and the Balkan countries spend their summer vacations here while exploring some of the wonderful small villages and countless beaches that wait to be discovered.
Halkidiki is definitely one of the favorite destinations of everybody living in Thessaloniki. Located less than a hour away it is considered an ideal escape for your vacation or just for the weekend! It offers countless destinations for every taste! Hundreds of places some of which could be considered hidden paradises are spread all over the peninsula offering crystal clear sea and wonderful natural beauties. The famous wineries along with the traditional gastronomy and flavors of Halkidiki will surprise you! If you are interested in sightseeing Halkidiki is full of archaeological sites and historic places of great importance. The ancient city of Stagira, the birthplace of the Greek philoshopher Aristotle and Olynthos, the first city built with the Hippodamian grid plan are some of the most popular. The capital of Halkidiki, Polygyros is located to the center of the prefecture. It is the administrative center and the most populated area of the prefecture.
Mount Olympus is the highest mountain in Greece. It is located in the Olympus Range on the border between Thessaly and Macedonia, between the regional units of Pieria and Larissa, about 80 km (50 mi) southwest from Thessaloniki. Olympus has 52 peaks, deep gorges, and exceptional biodiversity. Olympus is also noted for its very rich flora with several species. It has been the first National Park of Greece, since 1938, and a World’s Biosphere Reserve. Every year thousands of people visit Olympus to admire its nature, to tour its slopes, and reach its peaks. Organized mountain refuges and various mountaineering and climbing routes are available to visitors, who want to explore its nature. The usual starting point for it is the town of Litochoro, on the eastern foothills of the mountain, 100 km from Thessaloniki, where, in the beginning of every summer, the Olympus Marathon terminates.
The second highest mountain in the Balkans, Mount Olympus was notable in Greek Mythology as the home of the Twelve Olympians, on the Mytikas peak.
Alternative destinations would be the vibrant, full of music waterfront Nikis Avenue and, in the west of the city, Valaoritou st.
Shopping & going out in the city
You should definitely visit Tsimiski Avenue in the city center. It is by far the most popular commercial street of Thessaloniki with hundreds of fashion stores and boutiques. Many famous brands have their local outlets there. A good alternative would be Mitropoleos st. located on the south of Tsimiski Avenue.
When it comes to going out in Thessaloniki, there are countless options, depending on what you are looking for. Ladadika area and Bit bazaar are some of the most popular places as far as bars, pubs or traditional little taverns are concerned. Several small taverns and cozy bars with wine, retsina and beer lie all around Rotonda near the Aristotle University, massively frequented by the student community.