Thessaloniki is a beautiful city that has countless experiences to provide with anyone who visits it as well as its permanent residents! However, you should know that the co-capital is only one of the many enchanting destinations in Northern Greece. So, whether you are a simple traveler passing through the city or a permanent resident, you should definitely visit all those exciting destinations that are near the city of Thessaloniki. If you are wondering who they are, read the rest of the article to discover the best day trips near Thessaloniki!


At a distance of about 90 km from Thessaloniki, you will find Vergina, a city of great historical importance. Vergina is home to one of the largest and most important archaeological museums in Greece, which exhibits the most important treasures of the Hellenistic period. Still Vergina is one of the largest necropolis in the world along with that of Mycenae. At the Archaeological site of Aiges, the ancient name of Vergina, every visitor can admire the royal tombs of the Ancient Macedonians. Among them stands out the tomb of Philip II, father of Alexander the Great, who is one of the most important personalities of the Macedonian dynasty. Philip’s tomb is equivalent to his historical role, resembling something between a palace and a temple. Indicative of the tomb’s greatness, is the funeral bed of gold and ivory located in the main chamber of the tomb.

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Naoussa – Agios Nikolaos Forest

Nestled at the foot of Mount Vermio, you will find the beautiful and picturesque town of Naoussa! Naoussa is one of the most popular destinations for those who want to take a day trip near Thessaloniki, as it is only 92 kilometers from the co-capital.

Naoussa is also a fantastic destination for nature lovers, as it is home to the fairytale forest of Agios Nikolaos. Visitors to the forest have the opportunity to enjoy a beautiful and relaxing tour in nature, along with a cup of coffee or food, as the area has facilities such as restaurants, cafes and a children’s playground. Here we must note that the region is famous for its delicious meat dishes and for its fine wines, which are produced in the local wineries, with the Xinomavro variety standing out for its rich taste.

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Kavala is a magical city worth visiting at any time of the year! It has wonderful beaches, beautiful landscapes and a multitude of activities for all tastes!

Kavala is one of the first options that one will think of, if they want to enjoy a one-day trip near Thessaloniki as it is only 153 km from the city. What makes Kavala stand out from other Macedonian cities is the harmonious way it combines tradition and modern influences. In the city you will see modern buildings, but also picturesque neighborhoods with centuries-old monuments overlooking the Aegean. More specifically, its visitors have the opportunity to walk in its port and admire important sights of the city such as the acropolis, the castle, the mosque and the tobacco museum.

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Another destination near Thessaloniki is Edessa, which is also known as the city of water.

In Edessa there are many museums and places of cultural interest, which could captivate the eyes and thoughts of anyone who visits. A very good starting point to start your tour of the city is the open-air Water Museum, which is a protected area with preserved crafts and industries. The area has rich vegetation, which is due to the scattered artificial water channels that make up a dreamy scenery!

If you are a lover of tradition, it is also worth visiting the folklore museum of the city, which has exhibits that will take you on a journey to the daily life of the previous century. The museum is housed in a two-story building of incredible beauty and picturesqueness that dates back to 1932.

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In this article we hope we have given you some interesting ideas on what would be the ideal day trip for you near Thessaloniki! By renting your car in Thessaloniki from Alpha Drive, you can travel comfortably and safely to any destination you dream of!

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