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Discovering Northern Greece

Thessaloniki, Kavala, Xanthi and Drama

Thessaloniki, Kavala, Xanthi and Drama

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Thessaloniki, Kavala, Xanthi and Drama

Picture yourself driving along the vibrant roads of Macedonia in Northern Greece, breathing in the awesome blend of history and culture that fills the air. This road trip offers a unique opportunity to explore captivating cities such as Thessaloniki, Kavala, Xanthi, and Drama, each with its own distinct charm. Let's dive into this unforgettable journey, unraveling those cities that are rich in culture and history while indulging our senses with delightful tastes and memorable experiences.

First stop Thessaloniki, the vibrant capital of Macedonia region. Steeped in history, this city offers a blend of ancient Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman influences. Begin your exploration with a visit to the White Tower, an iconic symbol of the city. As you climb its spiral staircase, be rewarded with awe-inspiring views of the city and the Thermaic Gulf. Dive into the past with a visit to the majestic Rotunda, originally built as a mausoleum for Roman Emperor Galerius. Acknowledge the stunning mosaics and imagine the greatness of the Roman Empire. Nearby, the Arch of Galerius, decorated with stunning reliefs, reminds you of the city's glorious past.

However, keep in mind that Thessaloniki is not only about history! If you're into soaking up the local scene, you are strongly recommended to stroll around Aristotelous Square. Bustling with life, this square is a café paradise… Local shops and historical buildings, reflecting both the charm of the past and the energy of the present, making the perfect scene. Don't miss the opportunity to try some traditional dishes at one of the local tavernas and pastry shops, where delicacies like bougatsa (a sweet or savory pastry) and souvlaki are served.

Next stop, the coastal gem of Kavala. Known for its picturesque harbor, medieval castle, and vibrant atmosphere, this city is a true charm. Start your exploration at the imposing Kavala Castle that offers breathtaking views of the city and the Aegean Sea. Lose yourself in the narrow alleys of the Panagia district, while admiring the unique architecture and charming traditional houses. A visit to the Kamares Aqueduct is a must for history enthusiasts. Built during the Roman era, this impressive stone bridge stands as a testimony to Kavala's rich past. Afterward, take a leisurely stroll along the city's waterfront promenade and, of course, during your stay in Kavala, a must-try is the traditional local delicacy: the handmade cookies “kourabie” with almond.

Next on your list, Xanthi. This place has a unique blend of cultural traditions where Orthodox and Muslims live together in a peaceful community. Known for its colorful architecture and lively atmosphere, Xanthi offers a captivating glimpse into the region's diversity. Begin your exploration in Xanthi's Old Town, a neighborhood brimming with traditional houses adorned with ornate wooden facades and lose yourself in the maze of narrow streets. Treat your taste with local delicacies found in charming tavernas. Sample the flavors of traditional sweets like halva and bougatsa or savor dishes that have influenced both Greek and Turkish culture, such as giaprakia (stuffed cabbage rolls) and soutzoukakia (meatballs in tomato sauce). Tsipouro, a local alcohol spirit made from grapes, perfectly accompanies these traditional dishes.

Reaching your final destination, the city of Drama, get prepared for stunning landscapes. Built at the foot of Mount Falakro, Drama offers a blend of magic scenery and culture. For a unique experience, we recommend visiting the Municipal Museum of Drama, home to an impressive collection of archaeological artifacts and artworks. Want to dive more into the city’s culture? Drama is renowned for its excellent wine production. Visit a winery and indulge in locally produced wines' rich flavors and aromas. Pair your wine-tasting experience with regional specialties such as lachanodolmades (a mixture of minced meat, herbs, and spices wrapped in cabbage leaves) and kavourmas (seasoned meat, slowly cooked with spices in fat).

From the vibrant streets of Thessaloniki to the coastal charm of Kavala, the cultural traditions of Xanthi, and the natural wonders of Drama, Macedonia, Greece, has something for everyone. So, buckle up, book your tickets, SUPERFAST FERRIES and get ready for a journey you will remember forever.

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